Rapper Drake named as Spotify's most streamed artist of 2016

Rapper Drake has been named the most streamed artist of 2016 by music streaming service Spotify.

The music platform revealed the Toronto singer's One Dance was the UK's most streamed song of the year, ahead of Sia's Cheap Thrills and Mike Posner's I Took A Pill In Ibiza.

Spotify also said Drake's latest album Views, which was released in April, has been streamed more than 2.45 billion times, making it the most popular of the year in the UK.

One Dance is now Spotify's most listened to song of all time, having been played more than 970 million times.

Rihanna was Spotify's top female artist of the year. Credit: PA Wire

Spotify's Stefan Blom said: "Drake has been unstoppable this year - he's a true global superstar.

"With the top album and the top song this year, as well as his successful Summer Sixteen tour, Drake continues to engage his fans in a way that only Drake can; it's no surprise he is dominating the music industry."

Spotify added that Drake is the most listened to artist in the world for the second year running, having been streamed more than 4.7 billion times in 2016.

Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West and Coldplay completed the top five streamed artists list, with Rihanna also topping the female artist chart after securing over 2.5 billion listens on Spotify this year.

Her latest album ANTI was third on the most streamed album list.