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Shane O'Neil

Who Is The Most Popular Artist According To Listeners?

With so many artists racking in millions of plays on SoundCloud each year, it's interesting to see where each of them stand, and to see who truly claims the rank of "most-played EDM artist on SoundCloud." Well, we have the answer, and it might surprise you.

We researched 15 of the most-played artists on SoundCloud and ranked them based off their total visible plays. Now, not all uploads to an artist's channel were included, as they each had to meet a number of specifications to "even the playing field," so to speak. The specifications are as follows:

1) No mixes, album teasers, live performances can be counted
2) No featured artist remixes or side project releases can be counted
3) No duplicates were included - whichever single upload yields the highest plays can be counted
4) No a cappellas can be counted
5) No uploads that yield under 500,00 plays can be included

That being said, here are 15 of SoundCloud's highest-played EDM artists today.

[06.23.15] Update: Two new artists have been added, and rankings have been changed

1. Kygo

Total followers = 0.830M+
Total plays = 216,742,000+
Total applicable tracks = 24
Average play per track = 9,030,317
Most played track = I See Fire (Kygo Remix) - Ed Sheeran

2. Flume

Total followers = 1.155M+
Total plays = 158,280,000+
Total applicable tracks = 35
Average play per track = 4,522,286
Most played track = You & Me (Flume Remix) - Disclosure

3. Major Lazer

Total followers = 3.445M+
Total plays = 149,447,000+
Total applicable tracks = 31
Average play per track = 4,820,870
Most played track = Lean On (feat. MØ) - Major Lazer & DJ Snake

4. Skrillex

Total followers = 5.482M+
Total plays = 130,978,000+
Total applicable tracks = 43
Average play per track = 3,046,000
Most played track = Bangarang feat. Sirah - Skrillex

5. Hardwell

Total followers = 1.463M+
Total plays = 106,199,000+
Total applicable tracks = 43
Average play per track = 2,469,744
Most played track = A Sky Full Of Stars (Hardwell Remix) - Coldplay

6. The Chainsmokers

Total followers = 0.363M+
Total plays = 101,876,000+
Total applicable tracks = 37
Average play per track = 2,829,889
Most played track = #SELFIE - The Chainsmokers

7. Disclosure

Total followers = 1.026M+
Total plays = 101,867,000+
Total applicable tracks = 16
Average play per track = 6,366,688
Most played track = Latch ft. Sam Smith - Disclosure

8. Martin Garrix

Total followers = 0.985M+
Total plays = 100,835,000+
Total applicable tracks = 16
Average play per track = 6,302,188
Most played track = Animals - Martin Garrix

9. Dillon Francis

Total followers = 5.338M+
Total plays = 95,675,000+
Total applicable tracks = 48
Average play per track = 1,993,229
Most played track = Get Low - Dillon Francis & DJ Snake

10. Adventure Club

Total followers = 0.499M+
Total plays = 81,335,000+
Total applicable tracks = 48
Average play per track = 3,253,400
Most played track = Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) - Flight Facilities

11. Carnage

Total followers = 0.499M+
Total plays = 72,362,000+
Total applicable tracks = 17
Average play per track = 4,256,588
Most played track = Bricks (feat. Migos) - Carnage

12. Calvin Harris

Total followers = 6.106M+
Total plays = 69,638,000+
Total applicable tracks = 5
Average play per track = 13,927,600
Most played track = Summer - Calvin Harris

13. Diplo

Total followers = 6.064M+
Total plays = 64,540,000+
Total applicable tracks = 24
Average play per track = 2,689,167
Most played track = Boy Oh Boy - Diplo & GTA

14. Jack Ü

Total followers = 0.284M+
Total plays = 54,354,000+
Total applicable tracks = 9
Average play per track = 6,039,333
Most played track = Where Are Ü Now ft. Justin Bieber - Jack Ü

15. DJ Snake

Total followers = 0.361M+
Total plays = 52,174,000+
Total applicable tracks = 15
Average play per track = 3,478,267
Most played track = You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix) - AlunaGeorge

16. Alesso

Total followers = 0.556M+
Total plays = 38,618,000+
Total applicable tracks = 6
Average play per track = 6,436,333
Most played track = Heroes (We Could Be) ft. Tove Lo - Alesso

17. Zedd

Total followers = 3.908M+
Total plays = 37,827,000+
Total applicable tracks = 12
Average play per track = 3,152,250
Most played track = Spectrum ft. Matthew Koma - Zedd

Now, although we could go on forever with this list, these 15 examples do stir some interesting discussions on the value of an artist's SoundCloud account. Although Flume has the most total plays, Calvin Harris leads the group by a longshot in the highest average plays per song, and Adventure Club takes the cake with the most plays with the least number of followers.

This is still not a definitive list, but it does shed light on EDM's SoundCloud power players.

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