Nielsen's Mid-Year 2016 Charts: Chainsmokers Command Dance/Electronic Music

The Chainsmokers crowd Nielsen Music’s 2016 mid-year dance/electronic charts, thanks to the success of the duo’s Bouquet album and the hit songs “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses.”

Bouquet is the year’s most popular dance/electronic album so far, with 228,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking period of Jan. 1 through June 30, 2016. (Equivalent album units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums [TEA] and streaming equivalent albums [SEA].)

The Chainsmokers’ smash singles “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses” are the Nos. 1 and 2 selling digital songs and most-streamed songs (combining on-demand audio and video).

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Bouquet is not, however, the top selling album of the year. The various artists compilation Now That’s What I Call a Workout (which has been consistently discounted and promoted through digital retailers) is 2016’s top seller, with 57,000 sold. Bouquet is in second place among the best sellers, with 29,000. Overall dance/electronic album sales dropped by 28 percent in the first half of 2016, as compared to the first six months of 2015 (2,171,000 sold versus 3,015,000).

Among all genres of music, overall album consumption (album sales plus TEA and SEA) totaled 279.9 million units for the first six months of 2016 (up 9 percent compared to the 257 million of the first half of 2015). Dance/electronic albums represented 3.8 percent of the 2016 figure.

Notably, “I Am a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)” by Gummibar is the most streamed dance/electronic video of 2016, with 71,210,000 streams. The novelty track was originally released in 2007 and went on to sell 789,000 digital downloads in the U.S., spending 46 weeks on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart. 

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Dance/Electronic Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)
1. The Chainsmokers, Bouquet (228,000 units)
2. Major Lazer, Peace Is the Mission (185,000 units)
3. Kygo, Cloud Nine (159,000 units)
4. Flume, Skin (141,000 units)
5. David Guetta, Listen (96,000 units)
6. Skrillex & Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U (88,000 units)
7. Lady Gaga, The Fame (83,000 units)
8. Robin Schulz, Sugar (79,000 units)
9. Odesza, In Return (77,000 units)
10. Calvin Harris, Motion (67,000 units)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Dance/Electronic Albums
1. Various Artists, Now That’s What I Call a Workout 2016 (57,000)
2. The Chainsmokers, Bouquet (29,000)
3. Lady Gaga, The Fame (27,000)
4. Flume, Skin (26,000)
5. Kygo, Cloud Nine (25,000)
6. Lindsey Stirling, Shatter Me (25,000)
7. Odesza, In Return (22,000)
8. Lindsey Stirling, Lindsey Stirling (21,000)
9. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories (21,000)
10. Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Urban Flora (EP) (19,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Digital Dance/Electronic Songs
1. The Chainsmokers featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (1,217,000)
2. The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes, “Roses” (830,000)
3. Zara Larsson & MNEK, “Never Forget You” (816,000)
4. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” (809,000)
5. DJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshine, “Middle” (516,000)
6. Flume featuring Kai, “Never Be Like You” (389,000)
7. Robin Schulz featuring Francesco Yates, “Sugar” (265,000)
8. Dawin, “Dessert” (238,000)
9. Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring M0, “Lean On” (190,000)
10. Alan Walker, “Faded” (186,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Dance/Electronic Song Streams (Audio and Video Combined)
1. The Chainsmokers featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (205,025,000)
2. The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes, “Roses” (191,038,000)
3. Zara Larsson & MNEK, “Never Forget You” (156,100,000)
4. DJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshine, “Middle” (143,724,000)
5. Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring M0, “Lean On” (139,103,000)
6. Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (96,442,000)
7. Major Lazer featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG, “Light It Up” (93,926,000)
8. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” (92,644,000)
9. Flume featuring Kai, “Never Be Like You” (84,068,000)
10. Alan Walker, “Faded” (77,084,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Dance/Electronic Audio Streams
1. The Chainsmokers featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (143,562,000)
2. The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes, “Roses” (135,612,000)
3. Zara Larsson & MNEK, “Never Forget You” (106,029,000)
4. DJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshine, “Middle” (105,612,000)
5. Major Lazer featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG, “Light It Up” (78,897,000)
6. Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For” (75,920,000)
7. Flume featuring Kai, “Never Be Like You” (71,325,000)
8. Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring M0, “Lean On” (69,290,000)
9. Jonas Blue featuring Dakota, “Fast Car” (69,190,000)
10. Kygo featuring Maty Noyes, “Stay” (65,130,000)

2016’s Mid-Year Top 10 On-Demand Dance/Electronic Video Streams
1. Gummibar, “I Am a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)” (71,210,000)
2. Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring M0, “Lean On” (69,813,000)
3. The Chainsmokers featuring Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down” (61,462,000)
4. The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes, “Roses” (55,426,000)
5. Zara Larsson & MNEK, “Never Forget You” (50,070,000)
6. Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber, “Where Are U Now” (43,419,000)
7. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What” (41,962,000)
8. DJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshine, “Middle” (38,112,000)
9. Dawin, “Dessert” (27,933,000)
10. Martin Garrix, “Animals” (27,906,000)