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The Chainsmokers top Spotify’s fave music list in PHL




Posted on December 16, 2016


IN 2016, the Philippines fell in love with The Chainsmokers as the American DJ duo found several of their singles, if not at the top, at least in the top five of several categories in this year’s “What Did the Filipinos Sound Like 2016” rundown by music-streaming service, Spotify.

  
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The duo’s biggest hit (so far) which featured American singer Halsey, “Closer,” snagged the top spot of several categories: “Most streamed workout song,” “Most streamed party song” and “Most streamed breakup song,” in the Spotify list for the Philippines.

The EDM (Electronic Dance Music) song with retro-style synthesizers -- released on July 29 -- spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard top 100, the artists’ first time atop the music charts. It was called an “instant classic... capturing the millennial zeitgeist in an infectious fashion,” according to a review by Matt Medved for Billboard.com.

Another song by the American DJ duo made its way into several categories on the same list: “Don’t Let Me Down” placed fourth on the “Most streamed workout song,” second on the “Most streamed party song” and “Most streamed breakup song.”

The dance music piece with trap influences, which features American singer Daya on vocals, was released a few months before “Closer” in February and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.

Rolling Stone magazine named it as one of the best songs in the first half of 2016, with its reviewers commenting that “EDM may not dominate the charts the way it used to but the Chainsmokers’ swirling, turnt-up love song proves the genre has a little fight left in it. Newcomer Daya goes to battle with the aggro, big room beats and ends up coming out on top.”

“Don’t Let Me Down” also made its way to the third spot of Spotify’s global listing for “Most streamed tracks 2016,” with the top spot given to Canadian hip-hop artist, Drake, for his song “One Dance” featuring Wizkid and Kyla.

Drake was also the top artist of 2016 in the Spotify global list with fellow Canadian Justin Bieber at the second spot and Barbadian singer Rihanna in third.

Finally, The Chainsmokers’ “Roses,” which features vocal by American singer ROZES (real name: Elizabeth Roze Mencel), was the fifth “Most streamed workout song,” the third “Most streamed party song” as well as “Most streamed breakup song.”

The top spot on the list’s “Most streamed sad song” was fittingly occupied by “Sad Song” by the American rock band We the Kings, featuring vocals by Elena Coats, from the band’s 2014 album, Somewhere, Somehow.

“Travis’s [Clark] (the band’s front man) and Elena’s harmonies are fantastic and the track is mainly piano driven with other instruments just highlighting the impressive vocals and elegant piano work,” said a 2014 review in Soundscape Magazine by Cornelius Vernon-Boase.

“Sad Song” is followed by “The Scientist” by British rock band, Coldplay, which is set to perform in Manila in a sold-out concert on April 4, 2017. -- Zsarlene B. Chua

What did Filipinos sound like in 2016


WHAT FILIPINO music lovers listened to throughout the year, according to Spotify:


MOST STREAMED WORKOUT SONGS IN THE PHILIPPINES
   • “Closer” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)
   • “One Dance” -- Drake (feat. Wizkid and Kyla)
   • “This Is What You Came For” -- Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna)
   • “Don’t Let Me Down” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)
   • “Roses” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. ROZES)

MOST STREAMED PARTY SONGS IN THE PHILIPPINES
   • “Closer” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)
   • “Don’t Let Me Down” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)
   • “Roses” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. ROZES)
   • “Middle” -- DJ Snake (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)
   • “This Is What You Came For” -- Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna)

MOST STREAMED BREAKUP SONGS IN THE PHILIPPINES
   • “Closer” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)
   • “Don’t Let Me Down” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)
   • “Roses” -- The Chainsmokers (feat. ROZES)
   • “Secret Love Song” -- Little Mix (feat. Jason Derulo)
   • “Middle” -- DJ Snake (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)

MOST STREAMED SAD SONGS IN THE PHILIPPINES
   • “Sad Song” -- We The Kings (feat. Elena Coats)
   • “The Scientist” -- Coldplay
   • “Photograph” -- Ed Sheeran
   • “Fix You” -- Coldplay
   • “i hate u, i love you” -- gnash (feat. Olivia O’Brien)