Canadian rapper Drake has yet another reason to celebrate his success this year. The Canadian rapper has dominated Apple Music and iTunes' best of 2016 lists thanks to his record-breaking album Views and its hit single One Dance.
The 30-year-old's fourth studio LP Views, released in April, was the top-selling album and clocked-up the most streams in the UK. One Dance, which spent a staggering 14 consecutive weeks at number one in the country, has also topped the most-downloaded songs list. Adele has the second most popular album on Apple Music and iTunes with her third offering 25, which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is certified platinum 10 times by the British Phonographic Industry.
Fresh from his Grammy-nomination for album of the year, Justin Bieber's critically-acclaimed LP Purpose sits in fifth place. The 22-year-old also makes an entry on the songs list with his chart-topping ballad Love Yourself, also nominated for a Grammy, at number eight. Bieber's career returned to form in 2016 with other singles including Sorry and Cold Water, dominating the airwaves.
The 1975 are named at number seven with their well-received second album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. Impressively, the Matt Healy-fronted collective have managed to trump David Bowie's Blackstar, Rihanna's Anti and Sia's This Is Acting.
Elsewhere on the songs list, Calvin Harris is at number three with This Is What You Came For, which features Rihanna and was written by his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift. It has been a great year for the Scottish DJ and producer as the single's music video reached the one billion mark in YouTube views in November.
Justin Timberlake follows close behind at number four with his Trolls soundtrack hit Can't Stop The Feeling while Mike Posner's infectious hit I Took A Pill In Ibiza sits at number six and Shawn Mendes' Stitches comes in at nine.
Apple Music has never been more popular than ever as the service reveals it now counts 20 million subscribers and credits exclusive album releases from the likes of Drake and Chance The Rapper for the boost.
Apple Music boss Eddy Cue said: "I don't think exclusives or promotions are anything new. They were done in the record business, they were done on iTunes, now they're being done on streaming. The exclusives are relatively short term – it's not something that stays on any one platform. But being able to do unique things with artists is a good thing and I think that'll continue."
Best of 2016 Music charts (top selling + streamed)
- Drake – Views
- Adele – 25
- Various – Now Thats What I Call Music 93
- Various – Now Thats What I Call Music 94
- Justin Bieber – Purpose
- Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
- The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
- David Bowie – Blackstar
- Rihanna – ANTI (Deluxe)
- Sia – This is Acting
- Drake – One Dance
- Lukas Graham – 7 Years
- Calvin Harris – This is What You Came For
- Justin Timberlake – Can't stop the feeling
- Calum Scott – Dancing on my Own
- Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza
- Sia – Cheap Thrills
- Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
- Shawn Mendes – Stitches
- Jonas Blue – Fast Car
Apple Music Editorial Picks
– Best Album: Konnichiwa by Skepta
– Best Song: Tilted by Christine and the Queens