Fun’s “We Are Young” f/ Janelle Monae ranks top streamed song in the UK


“We Are Young” by American indie pop band Fun has been announced by The Official Charts Company as the most streamed song of the past year in the UK.

The song, which features songstress Janelle Monae, is the lead single from the band’s second album Some Nights and has been covered on Glee, in addition to featuring in adverts from Chevrolet to WWE.

4.4 billion tracks in total were streamed in the past year, between May 2012 and May 2013, from sites including Spotify, Deezer and We7. The result marks a year since figures for the UK Official Streaming Chart began being collected.

Following behind “We Are Young” in the most streamed chart are viral hit “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jespen and “Ho Hey” by folk rock band Lumineers in second and third place respectively; with Rihanna, Gotye, PSY and Alex Clare also among those in the top 10.

Top 10 Most Streamed Tracks

  • 1. ‘We Are Young’ – Fun ft Janelle Monae
  • 2. ‘Call Me Maybe’ – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 3. ‘Ho Hey’ – Lumineers
  • 4. ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ – Swedish House Mafia
  • 5. ‘Diamonds’ – Rihanna
  • 6. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ – Gotye
  • 7. ‘Gangnam Style’ – PSY
  • 8. ‘Too Close’ – Alex Clare
  • 9. ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ –Taylor Swift
  • 10. ‘Hall of Fame’ – The Script ft Will.I.Am

Kevin Brown, head of label relations in Europe for Spotify said: “The huge number of streams that have been delivered in the first year of the Official Streaming Chart is proof positive of the huge and growing popularity of music streaming”.

“These figures show just how significant streaming now is in the UK, it’s now an essential way of consuming music” said Mark Foster, managing director of Deezer UK & Ireland.

The top 100 most streamed tracks accounted for just 9.7% of the total streamed tracks in the past year.