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2016 in pop music, in one chart

Justin Bieber holding up his arms at a performance.
AP/Chris Pizzello
And you thought I had totally fallen apart.
By Dan Kopf
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The year in pop began with a resurgent Justin Bieber, summered with Drake and Rihanna and ended, as it always does, with Mariah Carey.

Over the course of 2016, only 10 different songs were the most streamed tracks on Spotify on a given day. The graph below shows the days each of these songs ruled the streaming charts, along with the number of times the song was streamed that day. The most streamed song on any one day was Drake’s One Dance on May 20 with almost 7.2 million listens, according to Spotify. (The service currently does not have data for March 25-27.)

Spotify
One Dance
Drake
101
Closer
The Chainsmokers
82
Work
Rihanna
60
Cold Water
Major Lazer
30
Starboy
The Weeknd
30
Love Yourself
Justin Bieber
25
Pillowtalk
Zayn Malik
11
Black Beatles
Rae Sremmurd
11
Sorry
Justin Bieber
6
All I Want for Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey
2

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