Year In Review
2016 was crazy, right? AWAL put out more albums, had more streams, and worked with more artists than ever before. We crunched our data, and found the biggest AWAL tracks, artists, and other amazing stats along the way. We’re excited to work with the freshest talent in 2017, and we’ve created a personalized playlist just for you at the bottom.Go to AWAL.com →
AWAL in 2016
Over 17,000 years worth of music on AWAL was listened to by fans in 2016. Below you’ll see last year’s biggest tracks and artists across the platform.
AWAL's Top Tracks
The top tracks released on AWAL in 2016, based on streams.
- 1. Somebody Else by VÉRITÉ
Off the back of several huge tracks, VÉRITÉ covered The 1975. People love the synth-pop ballad, and have listened nearly 50 million times on Spotify alone.
- 2. Capsize by FRENSHIP
A track that really connects, “Capsize” was discovered via AWAL in May and amassed 40 million streams as an unsigned track.
- 3. Sexual by NEIKED
Early AWAL data suggested “Sexual” was going to be huge… and so it proved to be, with it generating 26 million plays independently.
- 4. Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott
This Robyn cover came to AWAL via Instrumental Records, following a huge start on YouTube and has gone on to be one of the biggest tracks of 2016.
- 5. Is It Love by 3LAU
3LAU shows that consistency is key on streaming, many of his tracks could have shown up here, with “Is It Love” leading the way last year.
- 6. Underdressed by VÉRITÉ
This track showed remarkable playlist pick up when it was released as a single in March, as well as on VÉRITÉ's 5 song May EP, ‘Living.'
- 7. Icarus by R3HAB
With “Icarus,” the Dutch–Moroccan DJ enjoyed his first solo number one single in the United States on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.
- 8. All I Ever Wanted by Michael Brun
The lead single on from the Netflix's movie ‘XOXO,’ this dance track captures joyful festival feels, and sits nicely with his other 2016 singles.
- 9. 4 Real by Destructo
Featuring Ty Dolla $ign and ILOVEMAKONNEN, “4 Real” is a slick jam from the LA electronic producer and DJ. It premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1.
- 10. Hear Dis by Chip
This banger from London rapper Chip features Stormzy, and landed on Spotify UK’s “Best of 2016 Grime Shutdown” playlist, among many others.
AWAL's Top Tracks In:
The top pop tracks released on AWAL in 2016, based on streams.
The top alternative tracks released on AWAL in 2016, based on streams.
The top electronic tracks released on AWAL in 2016, based on streams.
The top dance tracks released on AWAL in 2016, based on streams.
The top remixed tracks released on AWAL in 2016, based on streams.
- 1. Capsize by FRENSHIP
- 2. Sexual by NEIKED
- 3. Underdressed by VÉRITÉ
- 4. I Don't Think So by Ben Phipps
- 5. Constant Crush - Mansionair Remix by VÉRITÉ
- 6. Jupiter by Michael Brun
- 7. Into the Light by J.Views
- 8. Diseasey by Sälen
- 9. (Stop) Just Love by Us The Duo
- 10. Adventure of a Lifetime by Koni
- 1. Somebody Else by VÉRITÉ
- 2. Crazy Dream by Tom Misch
- 3. Falcons by Amanda Bergman
- 4. In Your Arms by Felix Riebl
- 5. You're Mine by Lola Marsh
- 6. I Wish by Tom Misch
- 7. I Want to Know What Love Is by Amason
- 8. Hold Me Down by Yoke Lore
- 9. Watch Me Dance by Tom Misch
- 10. Wings of Love by liv
- 1. Is It Love by 3LAU
- 2. Icarus by R3HAB
- 3. All I Ever Wanted by Michael Brun
- 4. Is It Love - Arty Remix by 3LAU
- 5. Bullet - Instant Karma Remix by Chelsea Lankes
- 6. Fire by 3LAU
- 7. Wherever I Go by Michael Brun
- 8. Million Miles by Dubvision
- 9. Ryat by ATTLAS
- 10. You Want More by 3LAU
- 1. Heal Me by Arctic Lake
- 2. Warm by Becky Hill
- 3. Lit by DENM
- 4. Break Over You by Draper
- 5. Low Tide by XY&O
- 6. Don't Pull Away by J.Views
- 7. Stay Lost by Joe Hertz
- 8. Friend by FRND
- 9. Ryat by ATTLAS
- 10. Rolling Dice by Just A Gent
- 1. Is It Love - Arty Remix by 3LAU
- 2. Bullet - Instant Karma Remix by Chelsea Lankes
- 3. Constant Crush - Mansionair Remix by VÉRITÉ
- 4. Keep You in Mind - Remix by Guordan Banks
- 5. Icarus - Black Caviar Remix by R3HAB
- 6. Keep You in Mind - EC Twins Mix by Guordan Banks
- 7. Stay Lost - Cabu Remix by Joe Hertz
- 8. Catching Plays - Radio Edit by Destructo
- 9. Never Off - PANG! Remix by Honor
- 10. Sunny Days - BKAYE Remix by Janelle Kroll
Music in 2016
Music streaming exploded this year, fueled by competition between platforms. Here’s data on how listeners connect with music on streaming services:
When do people listen?
Based on streams from tracks released in 2016.
Knowing when your fans listen to music is a great way to understand when to communicate with them. Hover to see the days and times that most people listen to music on streaming services:
Which Genres are most engaged?
Based on streams from tracks released in 2016, focusing on top genres.
Which Playlists get you new fans?
Based on streams from tracks released in 2016, focusing on top playlists.
Curated playlists is how most fans listen to music today, and a great way for independent artists to be discovered, but follower counts only tell half the story. We’ve found the most engaged playlists on Spotify and Apple Music, where people are listening, saving, and returning for more:
AWAL in 2017
A lot of incredible music came out last year, but what's next? We took a deep dive into our data to help you get a head start on this year’s freshest tracks.
Trending for 2017
Trending AWAL tracks for 2017, based on data from streaming services.
AWAL in 2017: For You
AWAL works with talented independent artists across every kind of genre, and we’ve built an easy way for you to get an uniquely-just-for-you personalized AWAL playlist of today’s best tracks. Just hit the link to login with your Spotify details to make your playlist:Create my personalised playlist