Year In Music 2014

The Year in Social and Streaming Charts: Katy Perry and Justin Bieber Rule

Streaming and on-demand services continued to play a significant role in determining a song’s popularity on the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2014. This year’s recaps are our first year-end tallies to include a full charting year of YouTube and Vevo on YouTube plays, and many of the top titles’ popularity is derived from their popular music videos.

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“Dark Horse” edges out “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX, which comes in at No. 2. It too benefits from its popular official Clueless-inspired music video, which helps “Fancy” tie the record for the longest running No. 1 on Streaming songs (13 weeks), matching the mark set by Miley Cyrus' “Wrecking Ball” in January 2014.

Social Rules: In addition to continuing to power the Social 50 chart, social data provided by Next Big Sound also helps power the new Billboard Artist 100 chart. 2014 also saw the launch of the Billboard + Twitter real time charts, which provide an up-to-the-minute ranking of the most-shared songs on Twitter.

On the year-end Social 50 tally, Justin Bieber is No. 1 for the second straight year, while also reaching an impressive milestone. He has spent more than 100 cumulative weeks atop the weekly Social 50 chart. He triumphs over a female-filled top five with Miley Cyrus (No. 2), Ariana Grande (No. 3), Katy Perry (No. 4) and Shakira (No. 5). The weekly Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.

"Amnesia" Tops Twitter Recap: On the year-end Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (which saw its weekly chart bow in June), 5 Seconds of Summer crowns the list with “Amnesia.” The weekly Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks list tallies the most shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter. “Amnesia” spent more time at No. 1 on the weekly chart than any other track, ruling for four weeks.