By Marissa G. Muller
The end of 2014, like the end of any year, meant an onslaught of year-end lists. There was the best new artists of 2014, the top music stories of 2014—the lists go on. But one method of calibrating music has only just appeared.
Spotify has just released their list of most-streamed sleep songs globally. Which songs do people most want to fall asleep to? According to the streaming service, tracks by Ed Sheeran dominate in that category. His 2014 single “Thinking Out Loud” from his last album x ranked highest on the list as 2.8 million people globally have streamed it from Spotify’s sleep-themed playlists. Sheeran holds eight spots on the 20-song list, more than any other artist.
Behind him you’ll find Sam Smith, whose similarly soulful voice apparently makes for great REM sleep. Smith’s most popular song for sleep playlists is his biggest, “Stay With Me.”
The biggest surprise of the list however might be the inclusion of Kanye West, an artist you wouldn’t associate with making relaxing music, at least not after his icy rant album Yeezus. As it turns out, the song Kanye landed on the list with is his recent collaboration with Rihanna and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds.”