Spotify all-time most streamed artists

Most streamed artists of all-time on Spotify

[UPDATE] The most streamed artists list is now updated automatically at this link.

If you visit us, you surely saw a lot of news in recent years stating streaming records. What’s unlikely is that you ever saw a comprehensive list of Spotify most streamed artists, with numbers for all those who belong to the all-time top 200.

Thanks to our Spotify numbers tool, it’s now possible to retrieve an enormous quantity of data very efficiently. So, who are the most streamed male, female, bands, legacy artists on the platform?

Most streamed male artists

Most streamed male artists of all time on Spotify

The top 4 most streamed artists ever on Spotify happen to be all-male, with the top 2 bringing close to no surprise at all.

Drake leads the way followed by Ed Sheeran. The massive gaps between positions 1-2-3 confirm how dominant they both are.

There is more distance between Drake and Post Malone than between Post Malone and the #70 most streamed artist ever.

This being said, Post Malone has been catapulting from 0 stream not that long ago to #3 and continues to be the fastest raising artist at the moment with a 2.4 billion boom in the last 3 months. How high can he climb?

Eminem continues to hold strong in spite of lacking cross over hits since streaming became a thing. In fact, 9 of his top 10 songs have been released between 2000 and 2013.

Although he has been discreet in recent years, Justin Bieber registers a very healthy #5 ranking. The anticipation is huge for his comeback next week so expect his numbers to climb even faster from now on.

Kanye West, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, XXXTentacion and Khalid complete the Top 10. This latter replaces Kendrick Lamar who drops from #9 to #12 since last quarter’s update.

They all crack 11 billion, same as Ozuna, with this one being the top non-English artist of the platform.

Another crowded block of artists top 10 billion. They are the fast rising Shawn Mendes, Latin superstars Bad Bunny and J Balvin plus hyped US rapper Travis Scott.

Shawn Mendes will soon break this incredible milestone as well.

Lower down we can highlight Michael Jackson, far and away the most streamed solo legacy artist with over 6 billion streams combined for songs of his page, which do include hits with his brothers that belong to his greatest hits packages.

Most streamed female artists

Most streamed female artists of all time on Spotify

Since Spotify doesn’t retrieve featured songs which are only present the “Appears on” section through its API, Ariana Grande takes over Rihanna as the most streamed female artist of the platform.

The former is also gaining streams more than 2 times faster than the latter (1.28b against 579m in a quarter) so the near 4-billion gap should grow even more unless the Barbadian singer returns at last.

They are the only two females with more than 10 billion streams as well as the only two to belong to the overall top 10.

With features, Rihanna booms to 18,117,844,175 against 17,562,196,454 for Ariana Grande, so here too the youngest of the two can claim the top soon.

Taylor Swift retains the 3rd spot as she is also the 3rd fastest growing artist of the list at the moment with a 1.22b bump since the last update. She will soon eclipse the 10 billion barrier.

The one racing the hardest right now is the biggest female artist of the year, Billie Eilish. She adds 1.63b streams in 3 months to climb from #9 to #4 with a nearly 9 billion total. Can she challenge Taylor Swift or even Rihanna in the long run?

Beyonce saw multiple of her songs with husband Jay-Z return to Spotify, which, added to recurrent streams, conclude on a 1.18b jump, providing her the last spot inside the Top 5.

Sia and Nicki Minaj are over 8 billion streams a piece although they are climbing at a more modest pace lately.

Aiming to catch them are Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga, this one joining the top 10 this quarter.

To do so, she moved ahead of Adele who has the least effective catalog of the top 14 these days.

There is a few legacy artist at the bottom of the list with both Mariah Carey and Madonna charted, at 34 and 40, respectively.

At 35 with over 3 billion streams, Anitta is the best performing Brazilian artists and the second best non-English and non-Spanish singing act.

Most streamed bands / groups artists

Most streamed bands of all time on Spotify

The highly valuable catalog of Coldplay along with hit singles a few years ago give them the first position among bands.

Their last album is bombing though so rather than extending their lead, they are stable against runner ups and growing at a lower pace than bands at 3-5.

They are over 12 billion still, just like Imagine Dragons who are a solid second.

Maroon 5 is closing in thanks to hit single Memories, just like DJs the Chainsmokers who are the only band jumping by more than a billion since the last udpate.

With almost each of the top 4 pacing faster than the one ahead, how this list will look like in a 1-year time is anyone’s guess.

Legendary band Queen score a stunning number 5 position with nearly 9 billion streams. The Bohemian Rhapsody biopic did wonders for a catalog that was already very impressive.

Twenty One Pilots haven’t done as well with their last album but they are still strong enough to be at 6 with 8.2 billion streams.

At current rate they will be topped by Korean flagship BTS quite soon. At 7.8 billion, the 7-members group already moved past One Direction to become the biggest boys band of the list.

Linkin Park and OneRepublic complete the top 10 thanks to large catalogs of hits. The latter should be pushed out of the top 10 soon by no other than the Beatles.

There are 2 all-female groups charted, Little Mix at 21 and Fifth Harmony at 28.

Most streamed legacy artists

Most streamed legacy artists of all time on Spotify

It’s difficult to put more legends on a list than this one. Top legacy artists are led by a trio of outstanding performers, Queen, the Beatles and Michael Jackson.

In volume, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are close behind although they registered new hits recently. Their pure back catalog is still incredibly impressive.

Outside of the big 4, Metallica leads the pack followed by absolute icons like Bob Marley, Green Day, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones.

One has to get a priceless catalog to hit 3 billion streams with old songs only, apart from the top 10 four more artists do it, namely Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, 2Pac, and David Bowie.

At 16 is Luis Miguel, far and away the biggest non-English speaking artist of the list.

The impact of female singers is minimal with none of them inside the top 15. Mariah Carey and Madonna are #17 and #30, respectively, with the former enjoying the most favorable time of the year to rank high.

Among pre-rock era artists Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash impress with 2.4-2.8 billion streams each. They all manage to land into the top 30.

Most streamed artists overall

As I know that a lot of you love raw numbers, here is the full list of the 277 artists with over 2 billion streams to date. No comment, only data.

Spotify Artists with more than 2 billion streams

Records related to songs

Most 100 million plus songs

Spotify Artists with the most songs over 100 million

Even with the recent growth of Spotify, hitting 100 million streams with one track only is still a notesworthy achievement.

To get there, you need either a decent new hit or a catalog smash that faced the test of time quite well.

Imagine doing it with 73 tracks! Drake is way over anyone else in this indicator, showing that his catalog doesn’t rely on a few songs only. Instead, listeners play his albums in full an extensive number of times.

Ed Sheeran is stunning too. With a discography made of 4 albums only, one of which is very recent, he already registers 44 tracks at over 100 million. This includes the entire ÷ album.

Eminem stands at 41. The wild thing is that 28 of these tracks are deep catalog hits. It shows the insane lasting appeal of his songs.

A lot of artists have from 20 to 38 tracks at 100 million or more, they are mostly artists with 8+ billion catalogs.

New to this list are BTS with 20 songs in 9 digits. This illustrates they do have proper hits on top of extensive fans’ following.

The bar is set too high to see legacy artists, with Michael Jackson coming the closest at 17. Queen stand at 15 while nobody else has more than 10.

Most 10 million plus songs

Spotify Artists with the most songs over 10 million

When we have a look at artists with the most tracks over 10 million, we can see a mix of old and new acts, as well as a mix of widely popular artists and others more fanbase-driven.

Drake and Eminem are quite close at 176 and 172, respectively.

Kanye West completes the top 3 while Future is a surprising 4th at 155. His incredible productivity is highlighted with this statistic. In a similar way, Chris Brown comes next.

This quintet of US urban artists shows how this country still consumes albums as a whole even with the streaming format.

Speaking about old and new, the first non-urban, non-solo artists come close at 6/7, they are the Beatles and Coldplay. Liverpool legends are unbeatable in terms of raw volume of popular tracks among legacy artists.

Ed Sheeran still scores 129 tracks at this level in spite of his short discography. His popularity is so high that he can repeatedly break these threshold with multiple versions of the same song.

Two popular artists with a strong fanbase close the top 10. Taylor Swift has 120 tracks in 8 digits, BTS have 119.

Most 1 million plus songs

Artists with the most songs over 1 million

The list of artists with the most tracks over 1 million is supposed to be legends’ territory. Most recent artists simply do not have enough material to compete.

Queen lead the way with an immense 360 tracks. It’s 30 albums with 12 tracks each. They achieve this score thanks to a large catalog but also countless and highly praised live versions of their songs.

An absolute shocker comes at 2. French rapper Jul, who first entered national charts in 2014 in this Deezer-dominated market, registers 359 songs over 1 million streams on Spotify.

This madness is even more incredible since he has close to zero credibility inside the rap community. His peculiar career who sees him drop from 2 to 4 new albums every year is giving him outstanding results.

The Beatles and Bob Marley are close at 3 and 4, with 340 and 314, respectively.

The rock legend Bruce Springsteen follows them with 294.

From 247 to 274 we face more classic acts like the Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2, David Bowie and Michael Jackson, and more recent rock bands Green Day and Linkin Park.

Inside the same ballpark there is also productive younger artists like Future and Chris Brown.

Two more surprises pop up lower down.

One of them is once again Luis Miguel. The Mexican superstar has 251 tracks which reach this threshold, an immense performance for a legacy Latin artist.

The last one is the German rapper Kollegah who appears with 252 tracks. He is another youngster who perfectly uses the new market environment to build impressive numbers.

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Thomas Christiansen

Top 20 in 2022 across all decades (50s-00s) 1 Kate Bush – Running – 760-770M (?) 2 Eminem – Without – 438.1M (252.4) 3 Coldplay – Yellow – 432.7M (315.7) 4 Eminem – Slim Shady – 383.6M (253.5) 5 Coolio – Gangsta – 353.6M (264.6) 6 Eminem – Lose – 348.5M (224.4) 7 Queen – Bo Rhap – 339.1M (325.3) 8 Nirvana – Spirit – 338.5M (293.3) 9 Mariah – Xmas – 331.6M (218.7) 10 Coldplay – Vida – 328.5M (214.4) 11 Police – Breath – 319.2M (279.6) 12 Killers – Mr. B – 318.8M (281.9) 13 Eminem – Collapse… Read more »


Think you forgot about the 2 Queen tracks from the 70s,in your write up Dane.

Thomas Christiansen

True. 2 from the 70s. Thought I wrote that…

My post also have annoying empty lines in the top 20 list.
However, I don’t have an ‘edit’ option…


Yeah I don’t know what’s wrong with the spacing, in all of my posts I end up with double spacing, instead of single spacing, when I try to put a space between two paragraphs.

Yes I also noticed that the edit function has disappeared from the bottom right hand corner of our comments. I try to edit through WordPress, but even in there it just double spaces!


I fixed the spacing but in doing so, it seems to have reverted it to lower case, when it was upper case!

Thomas Christiansen

TOP SPOTIFY TRACKS OF 00s: As of 2/1/2023 & (4/1/22) 1 (2) THE KILLERS – Mr. Brightside – 1646.1M (1327.4) 2 (3) EMINEM – Lose Yourself – 1620.6M (1272.0) 3 (1) JASON MRAZ – I’m Yours – 1585.6M (1367.5) 4 (8) COLDPLAY – Yellow – 1536.7M (1104.0) 5 (4) EMINEM – Till I Collapse – 1522.4M (1213.7) 6 (5) COLDPLAY – The Scientist – 1464.4M (1212.6) 7 (6) LINKIN PARK – In the End – 1450.9M (1175.4) 8 (9) COLDPLAY – Viva La Vida – 1427.6M (1099.1) 9 (12) EMINEM – Without Me – 1419.8M (981.7) 10 (7) MAROON 5… Read more »


Mr Brightside is another track, like Iris by TGGD, that I just don’t understand the insane popularity in the UK. Where did it come from, how did it happen. It was never that big a hit and didn’t seem to have as much of an impact on the public, as other tracks from the same year/time, but my word it certainly has since then.

Personally, I’ve always preferred All These Things That I’ve Done, which I love and think is a fantastic and much better track.

Thomas Christiansen

Jump is by far Van Halen’s biggest track, but hardly their best. Same with Wind of Change/Scorpions and I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing/Aerosmith. Granted those were hits to begin with.


Not really a fan of VH, but I do prefer Hagar to Roth, Why Can’t This Be Love is probably my fave by them. I can’t stand Aerosmiths IDWTMAT and really dislike the fact that it is easily their most popular track in most countries around the world. Give me something like Dream On, Sweet Emotion, Angel, Back In The Saddle or Movin Out any day of the week. I don’t think Stairway is Zeps best either, I personally would go for things like Fool In The Rain, The Rain Song, Gallows Pole, Your Time Is Gonna or When The… Read more »

Thomas Christiansen

I guess we can agree to disagree Martin. I’m not a fan of Jump, but I love early Roth era stuff like Running With the Devil, Aint Talking Bout Love, Little Dreamer and the Cradle Will Rock. On Zep we totally disagree! Ok, Stairway ‘s not my #1 either (probably Black Dog or Since I’ve Been Loving You). But I don’t mind the public associating them with Stairway, because it is brillant (unlike that damned whistling tune by the Scorpions)! Gallows Pole wouldn’t even make my top 50 Led Zep. Too folk-sy. And Fool in the Rain is just plain… Read more »


Yes, I think years ago I remember you saying you disliked Your Time Is Gonna Come also, from the 1st album. You seem to like the more straightforward rock and blues of Zep. While I like almost all of their stuff (I’ve always disliked Hats Off To Harper on III), I really love their forays into slightly different areas, like the funk of Trampled Underfoot, the acoustic/folkiness of stuff like Hey Hey What Can I Do and the samba/South American feel of Fool In The Rain.

Thomas Christiansen

Not much straight forward over No Quarter, but for the most part you are absolutely correct 😄

While still not a fave of mine Your Time is Gonna Come is a decent tune, but I’m not a fan of the chorus


With regards to DC, are your faves any of the big 3? HTH is the only one I really like, Im just not that big a fan of Johnsons voice or lyrics, I think Bons were far, far wittier and cleverer and his voice and delivery much better.

Have you ever listened to Alex Harvey? You can totally see where Bon got his style and delivery from.

Thomas Christiansen

Highway to Hell is my all time favorite song. By any artist. I love both Bon & Brian, but yes, Bon was truly brillant. Bad Boy Boogie, Jailbreak, Live Wire, Let There Be Rock, Touch Too Much, Hells Bells, For Those About To Rock, Who Made Who and Sink the Pink are some of my faves. I like just about everything they made. War Macine, Ride On, Heatseeker, Sin City, so many… Witch’s Spell from their latest is great too. I love BIB and Thunderstruck too, but not as much as HTH. I might even have to admit Thunderstruck is… Read more »


You should have a listen to the track Framed by Alex, it’s like AC/DC before AC/DC. Very The Jack and Big Balls in style and sound.

Thomas Christiansen

Just listened to some Alex Harvey songs, Framed a few times. Also back to back with The Jack. I agree they are similar. Musically both come from the old Blues school. Like Muddy Waters blues. Framed is very Hoochie Coochie Man-ish. And yes the vocal deliveries are also similar in style. Bon’s execution is exceptionel though, as is that of his band. Production is important too of course. The sound is instantly recognisable as AC/DC. Whereas Alex Harvey do come off as a good blues based Rock band. But not quite as crispy and destinctive. That’s really the magic of… Read more »


Yeah, I wasn’t pitting them against each other, just trying to show you the
link and inspiration, that Bon obviously drew from Alex music and phrasing.

I mean it’s no secret his admiration for Alex. From what I’ve read here and there, he used tell everyone how much he loved Alex and his music, so I think it’s obvious that you hear his influence (Alex) in early Scott era DC.


This happens with lots of rockbands, doesn’t it? Oasis/Wonderwall, Pink Floyd/ABITW, Metallica/NEM. Hits are usually not what the band’s fans like, though the level of sucking of the monster hit may vary, of course.


I can say that Mr. Brightside was always very popular in America. I was in college when it was big and my god, people listened to that song all the time. Constantly. To the point where a lot of people were sick of it. I’m sure it was the same in other campuses across the country. I think The Killers have many great hits (and album cuts) like Jennie was a Friend of Mine that are just as good though.


Yeah, it was popular in the UK as well, but it just never seemed to be that popular, certainly not the crazy popular that it’s become here. I really like Caution of their last album, probably my 2nd favourite track by them after ATTID.


Mr Brightside essentially made their career in the US, before that (early 2005) their album had sold about 700k thanks to Somebody Told Me, and a few months after it was at 2.5m. Considering they had very limited success outside of the anglosphere, it’s likely that it was always their most popular song.

Like Stan, Eminem’s Mockingbird could also have topped 200M in 2022. It’s at 850M now. Somehow I mistook it for a 10s song, but it’s from Encore (2004), my bad.

Thomas Christiansen

TOP SPOTIFY TRACKS OF 90s: As of 1/1/2023 & (1/1/2022) 1 (1) OASIS – Wonderwall – 1552.8M (1304.9) 2 (2) MARIAH CAREY – All I Want for Christmas – 1539.8M (1228.2) 3 (3) NIRVANA – Smells Like Teen Spirit – 1516.9M (1178.4) 4 (10) COOLIO – Gangsta’s Paradise – 1172.2M (818.5) 5 (8) GOO GOO DOLLS – Iris – 1118.1M (849.6) 6 (5) AC/DC – Thunderstruck – 1102.1M (873.7) 7 (12) DR. DRE – Still DRE – 1087.9M (799.1) 8 (9) RADIOHEAD – Creep – 1081.1M (825.9) 9 (4) BACKSTREET BOYS – I Want It That Way – 1067.5M (879.2)… Read more »

Like this Martin??


Yeah mate, just like that, cheers. I want sure if it might look a bit too crowded but it seems ok

Thomas Christiansen

TOP SPOTIFY TRACKS OF 80s: (As of 1/1/2023) 1 (1) JOURNEY – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 1461.5M 2 (2) QUEEN – Another One Bites the Dust – 1448.0M 3 (3) AHA – Take On Me – 1445.0M 4 (5) GUNS N ROSES – Sweet Child O Mine – 1385.1M 5 (6) THE POLICE – Every Breath You Take – 1384.8M 6 (4) TOTO – Africa – 1343.4M 7 (8) MICHAEL JACKSON – Billie Jean – 1290.2M 8 (7) QUEEN/BOWIE – Under Pressure – 1255.1M 9 (9) AC/DC – Back In Black – 1189.6M 10 (10) WHAM – Last Christmas –… Read more »


Is there a reason for the huge jump for TFF? I’ve noticed for sometime now that the accompanying album is also streaming way above it’s usual position.


I’d like to know too, I am a fan of Tears for Fears and I had no idea how big Everybody Wants to Rule the World was. I always thought Shout was the bigger song and more remembered.


Could it be that they released a new album Tipping Point last year?


Hmm, I doubt that. When was the last time Tears for Fears had significant popularity? Probably ages ago. Maybe EWTRTW was used in some tv show or went viral on tik tok.


I assumed it had something to do with Stranger Things, but apparently it’s just another TikTok phenomenon according to this article.


Wow, that’s a huge increase due strictly to tik tok. Good for them though!


Nice one Analord.

Thomas Christiansen

TOP SPOTIFY TRACKS OF 70s: (As of 1/1/2022) 1 (1) QUEEN – Bohemian Rhapsody – 2132.3M 2 (2) QUEEN – Don’t Stop Me Now – 1599.3M 3 (3) THE EAGLES – Hotel California – 1361.7M 4 (4) EARTH, WIND & FIRE – September – 1300.3M 5 (6) FLEETWOOD MAC – Dreams – 1156.7M 6 (5) AC/DC – Highway To Hell – 1149.7M 7 (7) LYNYRD SKYNYRD – Sweet Home Alabama – 1042.1M 8 (8) QUEEN – We Will Rock You – 1028.5M 9 (-) GLORIA GAYNOR – I Will Survive – 954.7M (as of 2/1/23) 10 (9) CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL… Read more »


Just a thought for these lists Thomas, maybe for next year, what about including in brackets last years total besides this years, like you do for the positions?

Thomas Christiansen

TOP SPOTIFY TRACKS OF 60s: (As of 2/1/2023) 1 (1) THE BEATLES – Here Comes the Sun – 942.4M (as of 1/1/2023) 2 (2) MARVIN GAYE – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 919.1M (as of 1/1/2023) 3 (3) CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – Fortunate Son – 896.4M (as of 1/1/2023) 4 (4) ROLLING STONES – Paint It Black – 827.3M 5 (-) BURL IVES – A Holly Jolly Christmas – 760.8M (as of 4/1/2023) 6 (6) VAN MORRSION – Brown Eyed Girl – 753.9M 7 (8) BEN E. KING – Stand By Me – 752.5M 8 (7) THE ANIMALS –… Read more »

Thomas Christiansen

Here are the top ten songs from the 50s on Spotify. TOP SPOTIFY TRACKS OF 50s: As of 2/1/2023 1 (1) BRENDA LEE – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – 847.5M 2 (2) BOBBY HELMS – Jingle Bell Rock – 736.0M 3 (3) FRANK SINATRA – Let It Snow – 471.3M 4 (4) DEAN MARTIN – Let It Snow – 442.6M 5 (5) ELVIS PRESLEY – Jailhouse Rock – 361.2M 6 (6) CHUCK BERRY – Johnny B. Goode – 356.3M 7 (7) ELVIS PRESLEY – Blue Christmas – 323.2M 8 (9) PAUL ANKA – Put Your Head On My Shoulder – 296.1M… Read more »


I hate christmas songs and hate the way they spoil these lists so much. Nobody gives a shit about them for about 11 months of the year, then everybody seems to go all sentimental and just streams the shit out of them in December.


I’m glad to see Chuck Berry in the top 10. One of rock’s most important figures!

Thomas Christiansen

Top pre-2000 Xmas songs on Spotify as of 2/1/2023: 1 (1) Mariah Carey – All I Want – 1540M (312M) (as of 1/1/23) 2 (2) Wham – Last Xmas – 1142M (253M) (1/1/23) 3 (3) Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Xmas – 848M (236M) 4 (-) Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas – 761M (???) (4/1/23) 5 (4) Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock – 736M (194M) 6 (5) Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful – 662M (147M) 7 (7) Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad – 532M (142M) 8 (6) Band Aid – Do They Know –… Read more »

Thomas Christiansen

This is the updated list of top pre-2000 songs on Spotify. Three years ago 53 songs had topped 400M plays. Two years ago 65 songs had topped 500M plays. One year ago 61 songs had topped 650M plays. Now 68 songs have topped 800M plays. How many above 1B next year??? (#) indicates ranking as of Jan 1st 2022. As of Jan 1st 2023 (or 2/1 marked *): 1 (1) QUEEN – Bohemian Rhapsody – 2132M 2 (2) QUEEN – Don’t Stop Me Now – 1599M 3 (3) OASIS – Wonderwall – 1553M 4 (4) MARIAH CAREY – All I… Read more »


I have to admit, I’ve just never understood the crazy popularity of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, especially in the UK. On the OCCs Rock chart, it has the most week’s on chart (824) by quite a bit and pretty much never seems to leave the Top5 and its currently at #1.


Thomas these lists are a credit to you. So informative. Thank you for all your dedication and hard work. Very much appreciated!

Thomas Christiansen

Thanks Smiley 🙂


You deserve it. Keep it up!

Thomas Christiansen

Top 20 in 2021 across all decades (50s-00s) 1 Queen – Bo Rhap – 325.3M 2 Coldplay – Yellow – 315.7M 3 Fleetwood – Dreams – 301.6M 4 Nirvana – Spirit – 293.3M 5 Killers – Mr. B – 281.9M 6 Police – Breath – 279.6M 7 A-ha – Take – 269.3M 8 Queen – Dust – 268.8M 9 Coolio – Gangsta – 264.6M 10 Linkin – End – 259.8M 11 Queen – Stop – 257.0M 12 Eminem – Slim Shady – 253.5M 13 Eminem – Without – 252.4M 14 Oasis – Wonder – 251.1M 15 Eagles – California –… Read more »


Love to see Mr Brightside becoming such a classic, one of my favorite songs from the 2000s.

I’m not sure what happened with Coolio but I think his song got considerable exposure when it was used to promote that Sonic movie from 2020 so that might be the explanation…


Also, he died.

Thomas Christiansen

That always does the trick, doesn’t it?
Still, he died sep 28th 2022. His big boost started sometime in 2021:

pre-2000 lists
jan 2nd 2020 #54 COOLIO – Paradise 403.2M
jan 2nd 2021 #49 COOLIO – Paradise 553.9M (+150.7M #32 in 2020)
jan 1st 2022 #30 COOLIO – Paradise 818.5M (+264.6M #7 in 2021)
jan 1st 2023 #17 COOLIO – Paradise 1172.2M (+353.6M #2 in 2022)


Interesting! Maybe millennials have a lot of nostalgia for the song? I remember that song being massive when I was a kid. I think it was the first rap song to go multi-platinum in America as well.