Online streaming service We7 has revealed its most-played songs and artists for 2009. As far as the last year goes, We7 says more and more music fans are choosing to listen to their favourite songs online and that it's enjoying "rapid growth".
"The ability to find, play and share whatever music you want so easily on the web is the reason we7 has grown so quickly this year just from word-of-mouth referrals - 1.5 million users now come direct to we7.com each month, with around the same number playing music through we7 widgets on other websites", says Clive Gardiner, senior vice president of digital music, at we7.
"The millions of streams on we7 each week are reported each day into the Official Chart Company, and we7 hopes this data will lead to an official ad-funded streaming chart in 2010. With so many people now listening to music this way, it’s important to get our verified information out there".
While the most popular artists on We7 during 2009 have been revealed, in order of popularity, as Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson, the ten most played songs of the last year are as follows:
1. Fight For This Love - Cheryl Cole
2. Down - Jay Sean
3. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz
4. Oopsy Daisy - Chipmunk
5. Bad Boys - Alexandra Burke
6. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas
7. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
8. Tik Tok - Ke$ha
9. Number 1 - Tinchy Stryder ft N-Dubz
10. Beat Again - JLS
You can get a flavour of the most popular tunes of the year via We7's Most Played Songs in 2009 playlist, available for streaming now.