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SoundExchange Charts Show Top Streamed Tracks and Breakout Artists

The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” is Top Streamed Track on ’s 2017 Year-End Charts

SoundExchange Charts Show Top Streamed Tracks and Breakout Artists

rfocus.orgSoundExchange today revealed its Top 20 Tracks and Breakout Artists of 2017, based on streaming data we compiled from more than 3,100 digital music services.

The number one track of 2017 belongs to dance music duo The Chainsmokers. Their song “Closer,” featuring , nudged out Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” to earn the top spot on the Top 20 Tracks chart. The Chainsmokers earned a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY® nomination last year for “Closer.”

Former member  topped SoundExchange’s Top 20 Breakout Artists chart for 2017, beating out Julia Michaels and Khalid. Horan’s first album, Flicker, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released on October 20, and one single on the album, “Slow Hands,” peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart following its release in May 2017.

Horan continued the trend of former One Direction members appearing on SoundExchange’s Breakout Artists charts. The members of One Direction went in different directions in 2015. ZAYN, who left the band first, placed third on the SoundExchange Top 20 Streamed Breakout Artists of 2016 chart thanks to a string of hit singles including “PILLOWTALK” and the Kehlani-assisted “wRoNg.” Horan is joined on the Top 20 Breakout Artists of 2017 chart by former bandmates Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

The eligibility period for the SoundExchange 2017 year-end charts is October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017. SoundExchange compiled the charts based on data provided from webcasting, cable television and satellite radio services including Pandora, Music Choice and SiriusXM. Check here for a complete list of the digital services reporting to SoundExchange.

Digital Radio’s Top 20 Streamed Tracks of 2017 – SoundExchange
 Track NameArtist Name
1CLOSERTHE CHAINSMOKERS feat. HALSEY
2SHAPE OF YOUED SHEERAN
3THAT’S WHAT I LIKEBRUNO MARS
4SCARS TO YOUR BEAUTIFULALESSIA CARA
5STARBOYTHE WEEKND
6DON’T WANNA KNOWMAROON 5
724K MAGICBRUNO MARS
8LET ME LOVE YOUDJ SNAKE feat. JUSTIN BIEBER
9CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
10DESPACITOLUIS FONSI feat. DADDY YANKEE and JUSTIN BIEBER
11STAYALESSIA CARA and ZEDD
12SIDE TO SIDEARIANA GRANDE feat. NICKI MINAJ
13HEATHENSTWENTY ONE PILOTS
14SAY YOU WON’T LET GOJAMES ARTHUR
15MERCYSHAWN MENDES
16LOVE ON THE BRAINRIHANNA
17STARVINGHAILEE STEINFELD and GREY feat. ZEDD
18SOMETHING JUST LIKE THISTHE CHAINSMOKERS feat. COLDPLAY
19THIS TOWNNIALL HORAN
20BELIEVERIMAGINE DRAGONS
Digital Radio’s Top 20 Streamed Breakout Artists of 2017 – SoundExchange
Breakout Artist Name
1NIALL HORAN
2JULIA MICHAELS
3KHALID
4LIAM PAYNE
5HARRY STYLES
6RAG’N’BONE MAN
7EL FANTASMA
8MIDLAND
9TEE GRIZZLEY
10PLAYBOI CARTI
11STARLEY
12BAD BUNNY
13NOAH CYRUS
14MONEYBAGG YO
15LOUIS TOMLINSON
16GRACE VANDERWAAL
17CHRISTIAN NODAL
18AYO & TEO
19ZAYION MCCALL
20ZAY HILFIGER



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