Drake’s “Views” Was 2016’s Most-Streamed Album; Desiigner’s “Panda” Was Most-Streamed Song

Drake [Publicity Photo courtesy The Outcast Agency]

Streaming was a pivotal component of music consumption in 2016, and no album generated more streams than Drake’s “One Dance.”

No song generated more than Desiigner’s “Panda.”

BuzzAngle Music confirmed the news in its year-end briefing.

Per the report, “Views” generated a total of 3.104 billion streams between January 1 and December 29, 2016. A whopping 2.896 billion streams were of the audio variety, while .209 billion were video streams.

Credited with 2.175 billion total streams, Rihanna’s “ANTI” ranks as the year’s second-most streamed album. Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” takes #3 with 1.917 billion, while Bryson Tiller’s “T R A P S O U L” (#4, 1.472 billion) and twenty one pilots’ “Blurryface” (#5, 1.430 billion) complete the Top 5.

In addition to claiming #1 for total streams, “Views” ranks as #1 for audio streams. “ANTI” was the year’s leader in video streams; it generated 0.813 million such plays.

“Panda,” the year’s most-streamed song, garnered 737 million total streams. Per BuzzAngle, 317 million were audio streams, while 420 million were video streams.

Rihanna’s “Work (featuring Drake)” takes #2 with 717 million. The Chainsmokers’ “Closer (featuring Halsey)” follows at #3 with 616 million; Drake’s “One Dance (featuring WizKid & Kyla)” (#4, 562 million) and Rihanna’s “Needed Me” (#5, 520 million) complete the Top 5.

“Panda” was also the leader in video streams; “One Dance” (529 million) was 2016’s biggest audio streaming attraction.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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