Ranked by the number of spins, here are the 40 most played songs on adult contemporary (AC) radio during the 2014 chart year from Nielsen BDS. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams was tops and MAGIC’s “Rude” finished fifth. Fourteen of the 40, or 35%, were tunes by Canadian artists which have been bolded in red in the chart below. According to the number of spins of these 40 songs, AC radio preferred American artists (41%). Canadian artists accounted for 30% of spins and British artists 19%. Songs voiced by women made up 24% of the plays and male singers 76%.
1. Happy, Pharrell Williams 2. Best Day Of My Life, American Authors 3. Counting Stars, OneRepublic 4. All Of Me, John Legend 5. Rude, MAGIC! 6. Stay With Me, John Legend 7. Pompeii, Bastille 8. Story Of My Life, One Direction 9. Wake Me Up, Avicii 10. Sing, Ed Sheeran 11. Love Runs Out, OneRepublic 12. Crazy For You, Hedley 13. Me and My Broken Heart, Rixton 14. Maps, Maroon 5 15. Team, Lorde 16. Am I Wrong, Nico & Vinz 17. Let Her Go, Passenger 18. Demons, Imagine Dragons 19. Birthday, Katy Perry 20. Say Something, Great Big World ft. C. Aguilera 21. Safe and Sound, Capital Cities 22. Young Girls, Bruno Mars 23. Fall, Serena Ryder 24. Royals, Lorde 25. Heavy Love, Serena Ryder 26. Angel In Blue Jeans, Train 27. Heaven In Our Headlights, Hedley 28. Jealous (I Ain’t With It), Chromeo 29. Goodbye, Glenn Morrison ft. Islove 30. Never Gone, Andee 31. Let Me Go, Avril Lavigne ft. Chad Kroeger 32. We Are Stars, Virginia To Vegas ft. Alyssa Reid 33. Don’t Kill the Magic, MAGIC! 34. Not a Bad Thing, Justin Timberlake 35. Love Never Felt So Good, Jackson & Timberlake 36. Burn, Ellie Goulding 37. Anything, Hedley 38. Move Like a Soldier, Kristina Maria 39. I’m Not Your Hero, Tegan & Sara 40. Dark Horse, Katy Perry ft. Juicy J