UK music fans are streaming bygone songs from the last 20 years in the millions

No, theyre not a pop supergroup – this lucky lot just happen to be some of the beneficiaries of the UKs collective streaming taste in 2018 (Picture: Rex/Getty)

Never doubt the power of the sleeper hit.

Big hits by the likes of Passenger, Mario and Jason Mraz are still as popular with UK music fans today as they were 7, 11 and 15 years ago respectively, according to new streaming figures.

A fresh set of statistics on the UKs streaming trends in 2018 has been released today (11 April) by the BPI, shining a light on which songs we listened to most in 2018 and ranking the UKs most-played track for every year from 1960 onwards.

While a number of rather obvious songs made the list (Drakes record-breaking Gods Plan, Bruno Mars Finesse, any decent Christmas pop song), there were some rather more surprising entries across the years.

Mrazs one-hit wonder Im Yours, for instance, has been named as 2018s most streamed track from the year 2008, racking up an astonishing 26.9 million plays in the UK alone last year.



Foster The Peoples Pumped Up Kicks – which, upon its original release, never eclipsed higher than 18 on the UK singles chart – was streamed 21 million times by UK music fans in 2018, making it the most-played track from the year 2010.

Most-streamed songs 2000 – 2018

Year Artist Track 2018 streams in millions
2018 Drake Gods Plan 147.4
2017 Keala Settle/Greatest Showman cast This Is Me 114.7
2016 Bruno Mars Finesse 54.7
2015 Sia Cheap Thrills 26.5
2014 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud 30.6
2013 George Ezra Budapest 31.3
2012 Passenger Let Her Go 22.5
2011 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Cant Hold Us 26.3
2010 Foster the People Pumped Up Kicks 21.0
2009 Miley Cyrus Party In The USA 18.0
2008 Jason Mraz Im Yours 26.9
2007 Arctic Monkeys Fluorescent Adolescent 22.7
2006 The Kooks Naive 26.9
2005 Kanye West ft Jamie Foxx Gold Digger 21.2
2004 Mario Let Me Love You 19.0
2003 The Killers Mr Brightside 46.9
2002 Eminem Lose Yourself 23.6
2001 Nickelback How You Remind Me 11.4
2000 Linkin Park In The End 16.8

Tracks by The Kooks, Nickelback and Miley Cyrus (whose Party In The USA, which was streamed 18 million times, now seems about 18 million miles away from the Miley we know today) also made the list, as you can see above.

All of the above songs racked up significant streams into the tens of millions last year, with the BPIs findings suggesting that were as likely (if not more likely) to turn to old, familiar hits in this streaming age than we are new material.

Streaming is undoubtedly changing the landscape of music discovery, the organisation explained.

While new music can now potentially be found, heard, liked and “saved” instantaneously, equally tracks can take much longer to break and Read More – Source

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