When you think of this past year in music, what comes to mind? Taylor Swift? Pharrell’s hat? Iggy Azalea or Sam Smith?

Well, iHeartRadio has documented all the trends in the new 2014 “Hearbook,” charting the biggest hits, cliques, and up-and-comers of 2014. The iHeartRadio “Hearbook” is based on data from actual listenership (boasting more than 50M registered users across the U.S). In short, that makes for a musical popularity contest that hits pretty close to the mark.

So, let’s get right into it… who were the most popular artists of the year? Drake & Rihanna take this crown closely followed by Ariana Grande, Maroon5, Beyonce, Luke Bryan, Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Katy Perry and Lil’ Wayne.

Who were the top five most listened to bands? One Direction, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, One Republic and Paramore round out this list and Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, Nico & Vinz and 5 Seconds of Summer take out the top five spots for upcoming artists/bands who made it big in 2014.

Top 10 Songs of 2014 from iHeartRadio platform:
1. Fancy, Iggy Azalea
2. Dark Horse, Katy Perry
3. Happy, Pharrell Williams
4. All About That Bass, Meghan Trainor
5. Problem, Ariana Grande
6. Talk Dirty, Jason Derulo
7. Turn Down for What, DJ Snake and Lil Jon
8. Drunk in Love, Beyonce and Jay Z
9. Wiggle, Jason Derulo
10. Rude, Magic!

Rivalries: we settle some of 2014’s biggest rivalries:
Battle of the Booties – Controversy: Which artist kicked more butt on iHeartRadio this year? WINNER: Iggy Azalea – had 57% more station starts than Nicki’s 43% in 2014.

Elevator Music – Controversy: Who was the real victor in the elevator scuffle between Solange & Jay Z? WINNER: Solange – had an increase of 4,000% in station starts after the elevator altercation!


Shake Up – Controversy: Who gets the last laugh in this shakedown? WINNER: Taylor Swift – had the #1 artist station on iHeartRadio following the release of 1989!

So keep listening to your favourite stations and artists on iHeartRadio and have an effect on the music that makes 2015!

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