Mexico's Spotify King: Julión Alvarez y su Norteño Band Leads Service's Year-End Lists in Mexico

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Julion Alvarez performs  during 'L Festival Feria Cultural Latinoamericana' at OC Fair and Event Center on Oct. 24, 2015 in Costa Mesa, California.

Maroon 5, Enrique Iglesias, Mark Ronson and Ariana Grande Are Also Mexico Faves

Regional Mexican music dominated Spotify’s streaming charts in Mexico, with three banda acts coming in as the most-streamed in the country for the past year.

Leading the fray was Julión Alvarez y su Norteño Banda, whose romantic banda songs have struck a huge chord. Here’s a macho guy who’s not afraid to cry; so much so that the video for his hit single “El amor de su vida” is about a guy in love with an ice skater -- and yes, he actually sheds tears.

Following Alvarez in terms of total streams was Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, and at No. 3, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón de Rene Camacho. Slots 4 and 5 were taken by Maroon 5 and Enrique Iglesias, respectively.

The exact same lineup of acts made up the list of the five most listened to male acts in Mexico for the year.

On the women’s side, Ariana Grande led the list, followed by multi Latin Grammy winner Natalia LaFourcade, Ha*Ash, Shakira and Katy Perry in fifth place.

As Mexican as the artist lists were, four out of the five most-listened to songs of the year were mainstream tracks, beginning with No. 1 “Lean On.” It was followed by Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias’ “El Perdon,” Mark Ronson's “Uptown Funk,” Maroon 5’s “Sugar and OMI’s “Cheerleader.”

Maybe not coincidentally, both “Cheerlader” and “Lean On” have remixes with Latin artsits: Nicky Jam and J Bavin, respectively.

As far as the most streamed albums, Alvarez again reigned, with his Lecciones para el corazón and El aferrado coming in at 1 and 2 in the list of most-listened to albums. The Weekend and Major Lazer came in at 3 and 4 and Lafourcade’s Hasta la raiz came in at No. 5.

It’s a big fan kudos for  the former reality show contestant with the big voice. Here is Spotify's full listing, in Spanish: 

 in Mexico Los 5 artistas más escuchados en México

1.  Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda

2.  Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

3.  La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

4.  Maroon 5

5. Enrique Iglesias

Los 5 artistas hombres más escuchados en México

1. Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda

2. Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

3.  La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

4. Maroon 5

5. Enrique Iglesias

Las 5 artistas mujeres más escuchadas en México

1. Ariana Grande

2. Natalia Lafourcade

3. Ha*Ash

4. Shakira

5. Katy Perry

Las 5 canciones más escuchadas en México

1. Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake) – Major Lazer

2.  El Perdón – Nicky Jam,Enrique Iglesias

3.  Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson

4.  Sugar– Maroon 5

5. Cheerleader - Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit – OMI

Los 5 álbumes más escuchados en México

1.  Lecciones Para El Corazón – Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda

2. El Aferrado – Julión Álvarez y su Norteño Banda

3.  Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd

4.  Peace Is The Mission – Major Lazer

5.  Hasta la Raíz – Natalia Lafourcade

Las 5 canciones más virales en México

1. Cheerleader - Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit – OMI

2. Ya Es Muy Tarde – Yuridia

3. I Don't Like It, I Love It (feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White) – Flo Rida

4. Hotline Bling – Drake

5. Can't Feel My Face – The Weeknd

5. Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) – Silentó (empate en el quinto lugar

Las 5 Playlists más escuchadas en México 

              1. Éxitos de Hoy

              2. Lista Éxitos México

              3. Música de Banda

              4. Today’s Top Hits 

              5. Baila Reggaeton