How Many Of The 25 Most Popular Artists Under 25 Have You Heard Of?

The most popular song in Spotify’s oft-controversial history is from a guy who was still a teenager when the streaming service was being developed. That would be “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, whose name sounds like the beginning of a magic trick. So it should come as no surprise that the 24-year-old DJ topped Spotify’s chart of the 25 top artists under 25, based on things like “number-one hits, volume and growth of streams and shares, as well as viral chart success from the past year.”

Elsewhere on the list are familiar names like Taylor Swift, Jake Bugg, and Earl Sweatshirt, as well as musicians who sound made up. I’ll accept Birdy as a “REAL” person, but Phillip Phillips? No way.

1. Avicii
2. Lorde
3. Miley Cyrus
4. One Direction
5. Taylor Swift
6. Jason Derulo
7. Ariana Grande
8. Hunter Hayes
9. Rita Ora
10. Iggy Azalea
11. Justin Bieber
12. Sam Smith
13. Birdy
14. YG
15. Zedd
16. Demi Lovato
17. The Neighbourhood
18. Phillip Phillips
19. John Newman
20. Disclosure
21. Earl Sweatshirt
22. Jake Bugg
23. Hozier
24. Joey Bada$$
25. Sky Ferreira

Doesn’t it seem like Justin Bieber has been 20 for 37 years now?