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Hozier's anthem Take Me To Church named world's most viral song of 2014
Spotify singled out the Bray lad’s breakout hit. And here are the world’s top 10 most streamed tracks…

David Jensen David Jensen

HOZIER’S BREAKOUT HIT Take Me To Church has been named the most viral track of 2014 by music streaming service Spotify.

The tune – which first made waves in this country in September 2013 with a powerful anti-homophobia video – was singled out in Spotify’s annual Year In Music analysis looking at listening trends over the past 12 months.

Take Me To Church was also the #3 most-played song on Spotify in Ireland in 2014, and one of the 100 most-streamed tracks on the music service globally.

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Worldwide, the most played track of 2014 was Happy by Pharrell, followed by Clean Bandit’s Rather Be and Summer by Calvin Harris.

Ed Sheeran claimed the titles of the world’s most streamed artist this year, with more than 860 million listens around the world. His album X was also the most-listened-to of the last 12 months.

Coldplay claimed top spot in the ‘groups’ category.

Here’s the top 10 most played tracks:

1. Pharrell – Happy

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2. Clean Bandit – Rather Be

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3. Calvin Harris – Summer

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4. Katy Perry – Dark House

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5. John Legend – All Of Me

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6. Pitbull – Timber

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7. Magic – Rude

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8. Mr Probz – Waves

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9. Ariana Grande – Problem

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10. One Republic – Counting Stars

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