Ed Sheeran named Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2014

Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist on Spotify over the last year. The singer-songwriter enjoyed over 860 million listens on the streaming service in 2014. His second album ‘x’, released in June, was the year’s most streamed album with 430 million listens.

There were no big suprises, with the top slots going to artists like Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, and Pharrell topping the streaming charts. The glaring absence was Taylor Swift, who has been openly feuding with Spotify and recently pulled her music from the service entirely.

The Verge reached out to Spotify to ask if Swift had been axed from the list due to the fact that her music was no longer available. “The top lists are an accurate reflection of what was listened to this year, there was absolutely no meddling or removing of her from the list,” a spokesperson replied by email. “Taylor simply didn’t make it into the top five.”

Coldplay were the most popular group. Pharrell Williams’ hit song ‘Happy’ meanwhile was the most popular song globally on Spotify. Blue Suede’s “Hooked on a Feeling”, which won for Top Throwback. The track was part of the best-selling oldies collection that made up the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy.