Linkin Park, the Killers
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Just in case you were in need of the perfect “through the decades” playlist, the British Phonographic Industry recently revealed the most-streamed songs since 1960. Luckily for all of us, some scene favorites such as Linkin Park and the Killers topped the list in the the early 2000s.

In the year 2000, Linkin Park’s “In The End” dominated streaming charts with over 16.8 million plays. Additionally, to nobody’s surprise, the Killers’ banger “Mr. Brightside” was the most-streamed song in 2003 with over 14.6 million streams.

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To put things into perspective, “Mr. Brightside” doubled in streams in comparison to other No. 1 songs visible on the chart in the early 2000s.

Additionally, by the looks of the chart, the popularity of streaming only recently started picking up speed. Prior to Keala Settle and the rest of The Greatest Showman cast’s song “This Is Me” in 2017, no song reached a billion streams.

As of 2018, the most-streamed song within a given year was in 2018 with Drake’s “God’s Plan.”

While the full list tracks the most-streamed songs starting from 1960, you can check out the songs that topped the charts from 1990 to 2018 below.

Most-streamed songs by year:

2018 – Drake, “God’s Plan” (147.4 million)
2017 Keala Settle/The Greatest Showman cast, “This Is Me” (114.7 million)
2016 – Bruno Mars, “Finesse” (54.7 million)
2015 – Sia, “Cheap Thrills” (26.5 million)
2014 – Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” (30.6 million)
2013 – George Ezra, “Budapest (31.3 million)
2012 – Passenger, “Let Her Go” (22.5 million)
2011 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Can’t Hold Us” (26.3 million)
2010 – Foster The People, “Pumped Up Kicks” (21.0 million)
2009 – Miley Cyrus, “Party In The USA” (18.0 million)
2008 – Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours” (26.9 million)
2007 – Arctic Monkeys, “Fluorescent Adolescent” (22.7 million)
2006 – The Kooks, “Naive” (29.9 million)
2005 – Kanye West ft. Jamie Fox, “Gold Digger” (21.2 million)
2004 – Mario, “Let Me Love You” (19.0 million)
2003 – The Killers, “Mr. Brightside” (46.9 million)
2002 – Eminem, “Lose Yourself” (23.6 million)
2001 – Nickelback, “How You Remind Me” (11.4 million)
2000 – Linkin Park, “In The End” (16.8 million)
1999 – TLC, “No Scrubs” (22.6 million)
1998 – Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” (20.1 million)
1997 – The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony” (17.5 million)
1996 – Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre, “No Diggity” (17.9 million)
1995 – Oasis, “Wonderwall” (34.1 million)
1994 – Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (39.0 million)
1993 – The Cranberries, “Linger” (9.7 million)
1992 – Radiohead, “Creep” (10.1 million)
1991 – Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (18.6 million)
1990 – AC/DC, “Thunderstruck” (12.7 million)

Additionally, you can listen to “In The End” and “Mr. Brightside” below.

What do you think of the most-streamed songs of all time? Let us know in the comments below.

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