Who have we all been listening to on Spotify this year?

Perhaps a little unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran has been named the most streamed artist of 2014.

According to data from more than 50 million Spotify users and more than seven billion hours of music from this year, the singer-songwriter beat Eminem and Coldplay to top the list, with Arctic Monkeys coming in second.

“It’s a great thing to be above so many amazing artists who I’d assume would be streamed more than me,” Sheeran said.

It seems that he really hasn’t been able to do anything wrong this year, from eight weeks at the top of the UK album charts to more than a million sales of his second album – the first artist to do so in the UK since Emeli Sande in 2012.

Sheeran’s success could largely be put down to some very clever timing – his X album was released at the beginning of the summer, just before some key performances at music festivals for him. Not only that, but from July 2014, streams started to count towards UK official chart positions so a percentage of Sheeran’s 430 million streams worldwide will have had an effect on his reign at the top of the charts.

This year also saw Sheeran break an interesting record, his single Thinking Out Loud took 19 weeks to reach number one - the longest it's taken any track in the UK since Celion Dion's Think Twice took 13 weeks to climb to the top spot.

Other artists featured in the top lists include Katy Perry as top female artist – pushing Rihanna off the top spot for the first time in two years. Pharrell’s Happy single earned the title of most streamed track, while Coldplay were the most streamed band and Hozier’s Take Me To Church was named the top viral track.

“This has been a phenomenal year for a rich variety of amazing artists on Spotify,” Steve Savoca, head of content at Spotify, said

“Over 50 million dedicated music fans listened to more than seven billion listening hours in 2014 alone.

“Huge congratulations to Ed Sheeran on achieving most-streamed album on Spotify for the wildly successful X, and also for earning the overall most streamed artist of 2014 thanks to his dedicated fans on Spotify.”

Who do you think deserves to be named artist of 2014? Let us know in the comments below.

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