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Looking Back on the Best Songs of 2017

Another year has come and gone, bringing with it plenty of noteworthy new music. Whether it’s the pop-infused earworm you can’t shake, overplayed radio hit, or your new favorite album, there were some strong contenders vying for the spot on the list of best songs of 2017.

But what marks a song’s success? Is it how many streams it gets on Spotify? How many singles are sold on release day? What your neighborhood DJ spins? Lucky for us, Nielsen Media Research recently released their 2017 Year-End Music Report—and it’s a great way to see how the numbers add up.

Read on for a few highlights or go straight to the report if you go geeky for analytics.

And the winners are….

Most downloaded & streamed songs

Album sales are no longer an iron-clad way to determine the popularity of music, as many of us choose Spotify or Pandora over physically purchasing a CD these days. Instead, digital consumption can give us a peek into what songs the world loved last year.

  1. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
  2. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
  3. “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar
  4. “Congratulations” by Post Malone
  5. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars

Most played on the radio

Commuters know just how quickly a song can become overplayed on the radio…the hit you were car dancing to last Monday may now fill you with dread as soon as you hear the first notes. Love them or hate them, we’re sure you’ve heard them—here are the top 5 most played songs on the radio in 2017.

  1. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
  3. “Something Just Like This” by Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  4. “Stay” by Zedd ft. Alessia Cara
  5. “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara

Most watched music videos

The days of tuning in to Total Request Live (TRL) to get our music video fix may be over, but online video services like Vevo and YouTube still draw in lots of viewers who want to see their favorite artists.

  1. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber
  2. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran
  3. “Bad and Boujee” by Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert
  4. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
  5. “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” by Cardi B

Biggest albums of the year

Between downloads and physical sales, there were a few albums people couldn’t get enough of, from classic pop to a familiar metal name.

  1. Taylor Swift, Reputation
  2. Ed Sheeran, Divide
  3. Metallica, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
  4. P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
  5. Bruno Mars, 24k Magic

While artists like Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars made an impression in the industry, we want to know, what were your favorite songs of the year? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below! And, if you’re looking for someone to play those songs at your next event, give us a call—our professional DJs in Los Angeles are always plugged in to both what’s classic and on trend!

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