Katy Perry Tops List of 2014's Most-Streamed Songs

New report also highlights tracks by John Legend, Pharrell Williams, and Iggy Azalea

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Katy Perry's psychedelic Egyptian-themed video for "Dark Horse" has received 400 million views worldwide Photo via Vevo
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Elissa Stolman

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems has revealed the mid-year standings for 2014's most-streamed tracks in the U.S., and Katy Perry has come out on top. According to a Billboard.biz report, the "Dark Horse" track and its controversial video have racked up more than 188 million plays across streaming platforms like YouTube and Spotify since January, which is 44 million more than its closest competitor, John Legend's "All Of Me."

The top 10 tracks received 1.24 billion plays altogether, which is seven percent less than last year's 10 most-streamed songs — although, as Billboard points out, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" alone received 438 million plays in the States thanks to the viral craze it inspired. Other high-ranking tunes include Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" and Lil Jon's raucous collaboration with DJ Snake, "Turn Down For What." 

Although Pharrell's "Happy" clocked in at No. 4 on the streaming charts, it nabbed the highest ranking for digital downloads. Likewise, the success of "Let It Go" on YouTube and Spotify indicates its success elsewhere in Nielsen's mid-year report; the Frozen soundtrack is 2014's best-selling album so far. Nevertheless, album sales have declined 15 percent since this time last year, according to USA Today.

Scroll down to see the top 20 most-streamed tracks of 2014 so far. As for SPIN's favorite music of the year, check out our list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014 So Far and our list of the Best Overlooked Albums of 2014 So Far. 

1. Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse," 188,236,000 streams
2. John Legend, "All Of Me," 144,669,000 streams
3. Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty," 142,478,000 streams
4. Pharrell Williams, "Happy," 135,197,000 sreams
5. Idina Menzel, "Let It Go," 129,128,000
6. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX "Fancy," 111,911,000 streams
7. Pitbull feat. Ke$ha, "Timber," 106,081,000 streams
8. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What," 102,340,000 streams
9. Beyonce feat. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love," 92,694,000 streams
10. OneRepublic, "Counting Stars," 91,494,000 streams
11. A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, "Say Something," 86,581,000 streams
12. Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball," 83,736,000 streams
13. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem," 82,694,000 streams
14. Passenger, "Let Her Go," 82,672,000 streams
15. Bastille, "Pompeii," 80,755,000 streams
16. Lorde, "Royals," 79,720,000 streams
17. Eminem feat. Rihanna, "The Monster," 72,762,000 streams
18. PSY, "Gangnam Style," 72,706,000 streams
19. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & French Montana OR Too $hort, "Loyal," 70,537,000 streams
20. YG feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan, "My Hitta," 69,137,000 streams

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