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#Trending in 2014: Yahoo, Vevo, Rhapsody, Spotify and Bing Share the Year’s Biggest Names

From Eminem to Britney Spears, the web shows us who's hot.

A slew of digital companies have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year. Most of it should surprise no one who paid any attention to the world at large in 2014 — it seems there are few shocks lurking in our collective tastes. Google has yet to release its results, but it’s likely to bolster, not upset, the overall vibe of the lists below. That vibe being, “Yeah, that seems about right.”


There are few names below that you weren’t aware of just one year ago (or, in the case of Eminem, Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears, about 15 years ago), those few being: Clean Bandit, Iggy Azalea (sort of), Sam Smith (sort of), Meghan Trainor (who came of nowhere with her song “All About That Bass”) and Rich Homey Quan (yet again, sort-of-not-really).

If anything, what we can take away from this pixelated consensus is either that: a) the web has hardly democratized popular culture or b) the web has finally allowed our tastes to be illustrated in excruciating detail. Enjoy, and see you next year!


No. 3: Ariana Grande
No. 6: Kim Kardashian
No. 7: Frozen
No. 8: Miley Cyrus


(Including music searches only.)

No. 1: Beyonce
No. 2: Miley Cyrus
No. 3: Katy Perry
No. 4: Britney Spears
No. 5: Justin Bieber
No. 6: Jennifer Lopez
No. 7: Selena Gomez
No. 8: Taylor Swift
No. 9: Nicki Minaj
No. 10: Carrie Underwood


Most-streamed artists in the U.S.
No 1. Eminem
No 2. Drake
No 3. Kanye West
No. 4. Lana del Rey
No. 5. Ariana Grande

Top Five Global Artists
No 1. Ed Sheeran
No. 2. Eminem
No. 3. Coldplay
No. 4. Calvin Harris
No. 5. Katy Perry

Top Five Global Tracks
No. 1. “Happy” From Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams
No. 2. “Rather Be” (feat. Jess Glynne) by Clean Bandit
No. 3. “Summer” by Calvin Harris
No. 4. “Dark Horse” Katy Perry
No. 5. “All of Me” by John Legend


Most-streamed artist: Eminem
Most-streamed album: Drake, Nothing Was the Same

Most-streamed songs:
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
“All of Me” by John Legend
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
“Royals” by Lorde


1. “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
2. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
3. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J
4. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
5. “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj
6. “Problem” by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea
7. “Chandelier” by Sia
8. “Rich Gang” Lifestyle ft. Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan
9. “Loyal” by Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne, Tyga
10. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith