Music streaming site Spotify has crowned Swedish producer Avicii number one on their inaugural list of music’s 25 artists under the age of 25.
The EDM producer, whose real name is Tim Bergling, is the first artist under the age of 25 to reach one billion streams on Spotify, with his smash hit ‘Wake Me Up’ receiving the most streams ever in Spotify history.
“This has been such an incredible year, and taking the top spot on Spotify‘s 25 under 25, just a few months before my 25th birthday, is unbelievable,” said Avicii in a press release. “I truly love what I do and I’m so grateful to my fans and to Spotify for being such enthusiastic supporters of my music.”
Being the only dance act ranked in the top five, Avicii is followed by New Zealand songstress Lorde, the controversial, tongue-flashing Miley Cyrus, Brit boy band One Direction and relationship lamenter Taylor Swift. The streamlining service determined the ranking by considering number one hits, volume, growth of streams, shares and viral chart success from the past year.
Spotify’s 25 Under 25 list:
The 24-year-old has spun his way into Spotify history, surpassing the one billion streams mark and establishing himself as the most-streamed artist on the site -with his breakout song ‘Wake Me Up’ receiving 240 million streams worldwide.
The 17-year-old Kiwi singer was blasted into global consciousness with her Grammy-nominated song ‘Royals’, with her follow-up single ‘Team’ receiving 80 million plays on the streaming site.
3. Miley Cyrus
Miley has twerked her way into the number three spot, with fans streaming her party jams 1.5 million times a day. But despite general consensus, the split between lady and gentlemen listeners remains almost 50/50 for her tracks ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘We Can’t Stop’. (Miley Cyrus just announced her Australian leg of the Bangerz tour. Follow this link for more information.)
4. One Direction
These British heartthrobs receive over one million plays worldwide daily. You’ll also be surprised to learn that almost half of the ‘Story Of My Life’ listeners are of the gentleman variety.
5. Taylor Swift
Pop superstar and serial dater, Taylor Swift is like musical chocolate to women, and men, everywhere. It’s so bad, but so good, and it shows as her music is streamed around 800,000 times daily.
6. Jason Derulo
RnB mover and shaker Jason Derulo has moonwalked his way into the list, with his catchy single ‘Talk Dirty’ reaching 120 million streams on Spotify. His latest collaboration with Snoop Dogg, ‘Wiggle’ is also receiving constant rotation on the site.
7. Ariana Grande
The petite 20-year-old has racked up quite the play count with the Mariah Carey-esque vocals on her debut album Yours Truly as well as her latest single ‘Problem’, which features the likes of Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea.
8. Hunter Hayes
The boyishly cute country music singer just set the Guinness World Record for the most concerts played in various cities in 24 hours. He won over fans with his anti-bullying song ‘Invisible’, and his sophomore album Storyline is proving popular with the Spotify community.
9. Rita Ora
Signed to Jay Z’s Roc Nation label the sassy Brit singer has become a prominent figure in pop music. Produced by boyfriend Calvin Harris, her latest single ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ is gaining mass circulation with listeners, and with a growing interest in her music, her sophomore album is expected to follow in the same fashion – ‘cause that’s just How [She] Do.
10. Iggy Azalea
The Aussie rapper gained traction on Spotify with her single ‘Fancy’ in May, and has remained the top song for five weeks. With 37 million streams, her biggest competition for the top spot is pop songstress Ariana Grande’s song ‘Problem’ on which Iggy is featured.
11. Justin Bieber
From drag racing to DUI’s, the Biebs’ reputation has been about as good as his attempts at street art – so yeah, pretty bad. This doesn’t, however, deter fangirls and boys from furiously streaming his music. With almost 800,000 streams daily, his top tracks include ‘Beauty and a Beat’ (with over 50 million streams) and ‘As Long As You Love Me’.
12. Sam Smith
The 21-year-old London singer burst into global consciousness following an appearance on SNL in April this year. The winner of the 2014 Brits Critic’s Choice Award his soulful vocals and play count has been soaring on Spotify since the year began.
Best known for her heart wrenching cover of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ (with over 50 million streams), the soft-spoken British songstress is currently touring North America. Her latest track ‘People Help The People’ is taking flight on Spotify and her play count is only expected to increase.
The 24-year-old Compton MC has built quite a following of recent. YG, or Young Gangster, made his stamp in the hip-hop scene when he topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this year with his debut album My Krazy Life. Listeners are currently jamming to his single ‘Who Do You Love?’, which features Drake.
With more than 200 million streams in the past two years, German DJ Zedd’s rhapsodic beats rival that of Calvin Harris and Tiesto. He also took home a Grammy for his track ‘Clarity’ featuring Foxes.
16. Demi Lovato
The former Disney star turned pop singer’s play count continues to “rise from the ground like a skyscraper,” reaching about 650,000 streams daily. Listeners are particularly fond of her version of ‘Let It Go’ from the Frozen soundtrack (with more than 28 million streams)
17. The Neighbourhood
Also known as NBHD, these Los Angeles alt rockers have blown up on Spotify with their single ‘Sweater Weather’, which has been streamed almost 55 million times. The band made their debut one year ago with their album I Love You, which, judging by the plays it still receives, is pretty easy on the ears. Their track ‘Honest’ was also featured recently on The Amazing Spiderman 2 soundtrack – our music senses are tingling.
18. Phillip Phillips
The Georgia singer-songwriter took home the title of American Idol in 2012, and he is on fire! His winner’s single ‘Home’ and track ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’ have been streamed about 50 million times, and who can blame listeners, with the combination of his raspy voice and good looks he is like a musical cheat meal.
19. John Newman
The 23-year-old Motown singer has charmed listeners with his throwback style and soul dancing, earning more than 70 million streams on his breakout single ‘Love Me Again’, making the track one of Spotify’s most popular dance songs of 2014.
To quote Zoolander, Disclosure “is so hot right now.” Spotify are in a frenzy over the UK producer duo (brothers, Guy and Howard Lawrence), streaming dance hit ‘Latch’ more than 40 million times. The track features vocals from Sam Smith, so it’s no wonder it’s got listeners groovin’ and shaking. Also, their appearance at Coachella in April caused streams to soar.
21. Earl Sweatshirt
The young MC, and member of LA-based hip-hop collective Odd Future, gained recognition with his debut mixtape Earl in 2010. He was then sent back to Samoa until his eighteenth birthday, after which he released his debut album Doris. Jam-packed with clever wordplay, his most popular song on Spotify is ‘Chum’ (with over four million streams).
22. Jake Bugg
With an old-school style that is reminiscent of Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Jake Bugg appears to have attracted an older demographic with his indie-folk tunes. His top song ‘Lightening Bolt’ has gained 10 million plus streams, with a strong interest from those between the ages of 30 and 40. With his song ‘Simple As This’ included in The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, it’s possible that this demographic. Brace yourself Jake, the fangirls are coming
With his lustrous locks and deep, bluesy voice, Hozier has maintained his place in the Spotify viral charts. His powerful ballad ‘Take Me To Church’ is responsible for his spike in streams on the site.
24. Joey Bada$$
Despite his cringe-worthy moniker, the Brooklyn MC rose to prominence following his confronting video for the song ‘Survival Tactics’ along with his highly acclaimed mixtape 1999. Songs from his 2013 debut album Summer Knights have popped up in Spotify’s viral charts, with his track ‘Waves’ spiking at more than two million streams.
25. Sky Ferreira
American singer-songwriter, model and Queen of Tumblr, ruffled a few feathers when she bared her naked body on the cover of her debut album, Night Time, My Time. Aussies, in particular, love the blonde, straight shooter, especially her throwback to the 80s, ‘Everything Is Embarrassing’.