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Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea top Spotify's lists of songs of the summer

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The question of what the song of the summer for 2014 has been a matter of much debate amongst critics, with a broad assortment of nominations made on varying combinations of chart placement, radio rotation, intuition, and straight-up voodoo. On Thursday, Spotify contributed some much-needed hard data into the argument with lists tabulating the most played songs on the streaming platform from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Globally, the most popular song on Spotify this summer was Calvin Harris’ “Summer,” which racked up 160 million streams over the three months across a 40 million-person user base. Overall, dance music performed strongly around the world, with Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne’s “Rather Be” and David Guetta’s “Bad” mixed in with more pop-oriented singles like Iggy Azalea’s two chart-dominating hits, “Fancy” and “Problem,” and Magic!’s “Rude.”

In the U.S., “Fancy” unsurprisingly tops the list with 16.5 million streams, followed closely by “Rude.” Surprisingly, though, the American list is largely made up of non-Americans. Along with the Australian rapper and Canadian reggae band at the top of the list, Calvin Harris (Scottish), Sam Smith (British), Disclosure (British), Nico & Vinz (Norwegian), and Sia (Australian) all made the cut, with Ariana Grande, MKTO, and Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg representing Team USA.

Spotify also tallied up the most viral songs of the summer based on its Viral 50 chart, which is calculated by dividing the number of streams by the number of shares through the platform’s social features. British synthpop group Alt-J dominates with three songs on the list, while British prog rocker and New Age music pioneer Mike Oldfield makes a surprise appearance at No. 2 with “Nuclear,” presumably thanks to its placement in a trailer for the upcoming installment of the megapopular Metal Gear video game franchise.

Most streamed songs of the Summer – Global

1.    Calvin Harris – Summer

2.    Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem

3.    Magic! – Rude

4.    Iggy Azalea – Fancy

5.    Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg – Wiggle

6.    Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

7.    Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars

8.    Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – Rather Be

9.    Sam Smith – Stay With Me

10. David Guetta feat. Vassy – Bad (Radio Edit) 

Most streamed songs of the Summer – US

1.             Iggy Azalea – Fancy

2.             Magic! – Rude

3.             Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem

4.             Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong

5.             Calvin Harris – Summer

6.             Disclosure – Latch

7.             Sia – Chandelier

8.             MKTO – Classic

9.             Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg – Wiggle

10.          Sam Smith – Stay With Me

 Spotify’s Most Viral Songs of the Summer – Global

1.    Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine

2.    Mike Oldfield – Nuclear

3.    Alt-J – Left Hand Free

4.    Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

5.    Alt-J – Every Other Freckle

6.    Pigeon John – The Bomb

7.    X Ambassadors – Jungle

8.    Dan Croll – From Nowhere – Baardsen Remix

9.    deadmau5 – Seeya

10. In Flames – Rusted Nail