Here’s a list of the 10 Most Streamed Songs of 2014 So Far, including hits from Beyoncé, Katy Perry & Avicii. Check out all 10 out below!
The 4th single from British Rock band Bastille’s debut studio album, Bad Blood (released in 2013), Pompeii reached No.2 in the UK Singles Charts and was nominated for British Single of The Year at the 2014 Brit Awards. The upbeat indie song was the opening track on the Bad Blood album, which received mix reviews from critics.
Recorded by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, Royals was included in her 2013 debut studio album “Pure Heroine”. The song itself defines minimalism (as does the video), and supposedly is a response to ‘everything that’s on pop radio’, and perhaps not so surprisingly, it proved very popular, giving our ears a short break for once. The track has received critical acclaim and was praised on both the message and the production. It’s success became evident with a 9 week consecutive reign at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
Released as the first promotional single for Katy Perry’s fourth studio album, Prism, released in 2013, “Dark Horse” has been described as a ‘southern rap-techno mashup’, with the mix of Perry’s seductive, black magic type of vocals and the Memphis born Juicy J’s rapped-bridge. Despite receiving mixed reviews (where the main criticisms were provoked by Juicy J’s contribution to the song) the track proved a commercial success, taking the top spot in charts in the US, Canada and Netherlands, and also became one of the best selling singles of all time.
Written by lead singer, Ryan Tedder, of American Pop Rock band OneRepublic, ‘Counting Stars’ is the band’s most successful single. Taken from their third studio album, Native (2013), the track entails strong elements of folk music, which led to incredible performance in the charts, reaching No.1 in many countries including the UK and Canada, and also Top 10 in 20 different countries. It has sold over 4 million copies in the US alone as of February 2014.
From his third studio album, Tattoos, and produced by Jon Bellion, ‘Trumpets’ wasn’t released as a single in the US, but it did appear in the US version of the album, “Talk Dirty”, which led to it charting on the US Billboard Hot 100. The Mid-tempo R&B/Pop track is well produced and really does bring “symphonies” to your head. The track undoubtedly followed the success of the single “Talk Dirty” featuring 2 Chainz, which also received critical acclaim.
Dubbed the follow-up to the duo’s 2003 ‘Crazy in Love’, one of the two lead singles for Beyoncé’s “surprise” fifth studio album, Beyoncé, Drunk in Love, was only officially released in the US, but managed to reach top ten in France, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, becoming Queen B’s 17th top ten hit. The track itself has proved infectious, critically acclaimed, and it’s catchiness is emphasised by the fact that although it has no chorus, the deadly mix of Bey’s powerful vocals and Jay Z’s verse has led to it’s numerous remixes, including self-proclaimed God, Kanye West, who also put his own verse on the track.
A second track for Avicii on the Most Streamed Songs of 2014 So Far, after Wake Me Up in 12th place, comes Hey Brother. With vocals from Dan Tyminski, Hey Brother is also taken from the Swedish DJ’s debut studio album “True”, and after several weeks of climbing, the track peaked at No.2 on the UK Singles Charts, but topped the UK Dance Chart, as well as countless other charts across the globe.
Featuring American artist Ke$ha, Pitbull’s “Timber” is the lead single from the Miami born Rapper’s EP, Meltdown, released in late 2013. The distinctive harmonica playing took the track to No.1 spot of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, meaning it couldn’t have performed much better even if Pitbull’s intended artist to feature on the track, Rihanna, was able to make time to record for the single, no to take anything away from Ke$ha, whose vocals arguably carried the track.
Released as the fourth single from British electro group, Clean Bandit’s long awaited debut studio album, New Eyes (which eventually came in May), Rather Be, is second in the Most Streamed of 2014 So Far. The song debuted as top spot in the UK Singles Charts, and has sold close to 1 Million copies since. Seeing as it’s the only track on this list that was released this year, it’s performance it pretty impressive, as is the track itself, which received over 1 Million plays on Spotify in just 7 days.
What can we say?! Happy! That’s right, no surprise that Pharrell’s ‘Despicable Me 2’ soundtrack, and lead single for his second studio album ‘G.I.R.L’ has topped the list for Most Streamed Songs of 2014 So Far. The track is very successful, reaching No.1 spot in countless charts across countless countries ans has sold over 1.3 million copies in the UK alone! Columbia Records Chairman, Rob Stringer, was quoted as saying “When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again…we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. ‘Happy’ is just the beginning.”