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Top Discoveries, Songs Artists And Albums Of 2016

2016 was a hell of a year. We often relied on new tunes to get us through the craziness of it all, which meant the Last.fm community was bursting with musical discoveries. With an average of 3,159 plays per user over the last twelve months, most of our users listened to something they previously never heard before. According to our data here are the top five newly discovered artists, which range from newly solo boy band members to EDMers.

Top 5 Most Discovered artists

  1. Twenty One Pilots - 252,459 New Listeners
  2. Zayn - 196,396 New Listeners
  3. The Chainsmokers - 192,147 New Listeners
  4. Alan Walker - 188,943 New Listeners
  5. Jonas Blue - 183,862 New Listeners


Our overall most played artists probably should come as a surprise. Four of the five acts released some of 2016's biggest albums. And as for The Beatles, well, they're still The Beatles.

Top 5 Artists

  1. Radiohead
  2. David Bowie
  3. Kanye West
  4. The Beatles
  5. Rihanna


Our users' top five most played albums are all 2016 releases, and some of the best at that. You guys have good taste.

Top 5 Albums

  1. Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo
  2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
  3. Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
  4. Drake - Views
  5. Rihanna - ANTI


There's one classic among the top five most played songs, which otherwise consist of new pop hits.

Top 5 Songs

  1. Sia - Cheap Thrills
  2. Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out
  3. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
  4. Ariana Grande - Into You
  5. Justin Bieber - Sorry

How do your listening habits stack up with the rest of community? And more importantly who will top our lists in the year to come?



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