Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito' Most Streamed Song of 2017 in U.S. With 1.3 Billion Streams

Omar Cruz
Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi

Overall U.S. on-demand streams climbed 43 percent in 2017 to 618.03 billion.

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's “Despacito” dominated the streaming world in 2017, and ranks as the most streamed song of the year. The track, which was enhanced by a remix featuring Justin Bieber, earned a total of 1.322 billion on-demand streams (both audio and video streams combined) in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. In a distant second place is Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” with 999.69 million streams. (See charts, below.)

Nielsen Music’s 2017 tracking year ran from Dec. 30, 2016 through Dec. 28, 2017. Numbers in this story are rounded. Nielsen Music began electronically tracking music sales and data in 1991.

The top 10 streamed songs were dominated by hip-hop, as a total of seven titles in the genre populate the year-end top 10. Among the top 10, the only non-rap titles are “Despacito,” “Shape of You” and Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” (at No. 7).

“Despacito” was also the most-streamed song both in audio-only and video-only streams, with 595.63 million and 727.17 million streams, respectively.

Overall on-demand streams (audio and video combined) climbed 43 percent in 2017 to 618.03 billion. On-demand audio streams grew 59 percent to 400.38 billion, and on-demand video streams rose 21 percent to 217.65 billion.

R&B/hip-hop music was the overwhelming leader in terms of total on-demand streams, as the genre equaled 29.1 percent of all streams. The second-largest streaming genre was rock music, with 15.1 percent.

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED SONGS OF 2017 IN U.S., ON-DEMAND AUDIO & VIDEO COMBINED
RankArtist, TitleStreams
1Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, "Despacito"1,322,799,000
2Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"999,694,000
3Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour Llif3"932,820,000
4Post Malone featuring Quavo, "Congratulations"910,667,000
5Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."885,588,000
6Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, "Bad and Boujee"858,123,000
7Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"835,856,000
8Future, "Mask Off"778,571,000
9Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"724,118,000
10Kyle featuring Lil Yachty, "iSpy"693,564,000

Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 30, 2016 through Dec. 28, 2017.

 

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2017 IN U.S., AUDIO-ONLY  
RankArtist, TitleStreams 
1Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, "Despacito"595,626,000 
2Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."580,866,000 
3Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour Llif3"570,781,000 
4Post Malone featuring Quavo, "Congratulations"520,639,000 
5Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"491,092,000 
6Future, "Mask Off"486,734,000 
7Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, "Rockstar"434,060,000 
8Khalid, "Location"418,006,000 
9Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, "Bad and Boujee"414,262,000 
10French Montana featuring Swae Lee, "Unforgettable"401,043,000 
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 30, 2016 through Dec. 28, 2017.

 

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2017 IN U.S., VIDEO-ONLY 
RankArtist, TitleStreams
1Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, "Despacito"727,173,000
2Ed Sheeran, "Shape of You"508,602,000
3Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, "Bad and Boujee"443,861,000
4Bruno Mars, "That's What I Like"440,709,000
5Cardi B, "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)"407,386,000
6Post Malone featuring Quavo, "Congratulations"390,029,000
7Ayo & Teo, "Rolex"378,446,000
8Lil Uzi Vert, "XO Tour Llif3"362,039,000
9Kyle featuring Lil Yachty, "iSpy"317,938,000
10Kendrick Lamar, "Humble."304,721,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 30, 2016 through Dec. 28, 2017.

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