The Weeknd, Tame Impala and Wolf Alice among most played artists on Apple’s Beats 1 radio

Hip-hop and rap the most played genre on the Apple Music station, ahead of alternative, electronic, pop and rock

New data has been revealed showing the top artists and genres played on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station.

Beats 1 launched on June 30 along with Apple’s new music streaming service. The 24/7 online radio station features shows hosted by the likes of Zane Lowe, Josh Homme, St Vincent, Dr Dre, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and more.

News outlet Quartz analysed Beats 1’s musical output for the month between early July and early August, with The Weeknd, Drake and Disclosure revealed to be the top three most played on the station.

Jamie xx, A$AP Rocky, Years & Years, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala and Wolf Alice are also among other highly played artists listed.


The most played track across the station was The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ (107 plays), followed by Halsey‘s ‘New Americana’ (77 plays), Selena Gomez‘s ‘Good For You’ (75), Julio Bashmore‘s ‘Holding On’ (68) and Beck‘s ‘Dreams’ (65).

In terms of genre breakdown, hip-hop/rap was the most played genre on Beats 1 (1,726 plays), followed by alternative music (1,506), electronic (802), R&B/soul (635), pop (576), dance (539) and rock (319). Notably, more jazz (49 plays) was broadcast than punk (22), Latin pop (20) and techno (10).


Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner recently appeared on Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme’s Beats 1 show, Alligator Hour.

Homme and Turner first appeared on the radio together last month (July) when Homme quizzed the Arctic Monkeys frontman on his songwriting and introduced him as “origami teacher, hand model and international monopoly champion”.

Turner made a second appearance on August 5 where he and the host discussed Halloween, what it’s like to wear a wig and playing gigs while dressed as the blue man group. Homme also told Turner a story about his friend who got arrested for fighting a cookie monster while he was dressed as a banana.

Listen back to the interview here. Turner appears from the 14-minute mark.