Most streamed artists on Spotify
Most streamed artists vs monthly listeners
A lot of publications, including popular ones like the Guinness World Records, confuse the artist with the most monthly listeners at a given point as the most streamed or popular one on Spotify.
The most streamed artists, as the general public understands it, reflects artists with the most total streams in the platform.
The confusion is due to the absence of this statistic among Spotify’s own indicators. They communicate on the artist with the most unique monthly listeners, and base their global ranking on it. Ironically, the monthly listeners statistics is largely flawed due to several technical reasons.
Internally, they use a 0-to-100 popularity index based on streams, but only recent ones are considered.
It took until we created this page back in 2020 that the general public started to get a proper view of artists who really amassed the most streams on the platform. This list is still going, getting better and better, with a comprehensive top 1,000 updating every day.
A little bit of history
Not too long ago, in late 2015, EDM star Kygo made headlines by hitting 1 billion streams in a year from his debut, a record at the time. Everything got so much bigger, and now a trio of artists are racing to become the first ever to break 100 billion plays.
Expectedly, the most streamed artist of all-time is Drake. His streams history reveal that he was the first artist at 30 billion in April 2020, at 40 billion in August 2021, 50 billion by September 2022, and 60 billion by June 2023.
While the Canadian hip-hop star felt alone in his world for quite some time, the competition is now coming strong. The runner up is no other than Taylor Swift, who’s flying after taking over the top spot among the top female singles ahead of pop icon Ariana Grande.
The top 3 is completed by Bad Bunny who leads among Latin acts. Highlighting how strong these two artists are, Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny have been replacing each other as the top daily artist according to the popularity index since February 16, 2022, a stretch of over 500 days.
If we look at averages rather than totals, Harry Styles is unbeatable. From his debut album to Harry’s House he issued only 36 distinct songs, all of which topped 100 million streams with ease, putting him in the all-time top 40.
Most streamed artists…. on all platforms?
Many relevant on-demand audio streaming platforms famously hide playcounts data, including Apple Music and Amazon Music.
Thanks to our extensive experience, that led us to thinly estimate Spotify’s market share in over 120 countries, and study every platform with more than 100,000 monthly active users, we’ve set up algorithms who precisely estimate comprehensive on-demand audio streams from all artists based on their personal profile and results.
A unique solution, our empirical approach led our scripts to get near perfect results through countless of cases when compared to certified amounts. Just hit the button below and enjoy this highly valuable data!
Most streamed artists on Spotify – Results
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|#||g#||ArtistNameFilter||Artist||Lead Streams||Tracks||1b||100m||10m||1m||Feat Streams||Gender||Language||Genre||Country|
|1||Drake||Drake Up to date data||68,729,066,525||321||11||176||309||312||21,174,125,578||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||Canada|
|2||Bad Bunny||Bad Bunny Up to date data||65,519,753,563||192||12||137||187||189||7,504,026,219||Solo - Male||Spanish||Reggaeton||Puerto Rico|
|3||Taylor Swift||Taylor Swift Up to date data||65,019,659,335||405||9||169||344||398||613,282,653||Solo - Female||English||Pop||United States of America|
|4||The Weeknd||The Weeknd Up to date data||50,306,345,797||220||11||89||160||215||7,382,258,118||Solo - Male||English||Pop||Canada|
|5||Ed Sheeran||Ed Sheeran Up to date data||45,679,474,713||294||11||72||205||264||3,490,450,875||Solo - Male||English||Pop||United Kingdom|
|6||Ariana Grande||Ariana Grande Up to date data||39,398,330,064||184||11||79||131||181||2,989,041,322||Solo - Female||English||Pop||United States of America|
|7||Justin Bieber||Justin Bieber Up to date data||39,365,062,660||228||10||66||176||197||12,306,421,581||Solo - Male||English||Pop||Canada|
|8||Eminem||Eminem Up to date data||38,779,310,949||313||8||78||240||274||4,958,065,567||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America|
|9||Post Malone||Post Malone Up to date data||36,432,327,598||119||10||64||99||102||3,232,820,311||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America|
|10||BTS||BTS Up to date data||36,420,116,635||272||4||116||223||272||456,682,970||Group - Male||Korean||K-Pop||South Korea|
|11||Kanye West||Kanye West Up to date data||33,344,663,537||249||5||76||196||223||7,073,129,197||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America|
|12||J Balvin||J Balvin Up to date data||32,694,941,213||270||4||76||170||248||8,659,423,558||Solo - Male||Spanish||Reggaeton||Colombia|
|13||Billie Eilish||Billie Eilish Up to date data||30,593,591,396||67||7||54||62||65||0||Solo - Female||English||Alternative||United States of America|
|14||Coldplay||Coldplay Up to date data||28,749,781,536||301||9||42||191||281||10,875,140||Group - Male||English||Alternative||United Kingdom|
|15||Juice WRLD||Juice WRLD Up to date data||28,241,887,661||123||3||68||121||122||4,891,181,844||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America|
|16||Dua Lipa||Dua Lipa Up to date data||27,944,130,945||202||9||39||90||170||412,529,515||Solo - Female||English||Pop||United Kingdom|
|17||Imagine Dragons||Imagine Dragons Up to date data||27,580,862,482||226||8||44||127||172||81,048,012||Group - Male||English||Alternative||United States of America|
|18||Travis Scott||Travis Scott Up to date data||27,466,728,066||150||4||67||119||137||12,403,227,636||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America|
|19||Rihanna||Rihanna Up to date data||27,451,688,547||369||8||53||118||225||9,888,769,723||Solo - Female||English||Pop||Barbados|
|20||XXXTENTACION||XXXTENTACION Up to date data||26,360,810,428||148||9||48||114||146||3,123,102,087||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America|
|21||Ozuna||Ozuna Up to date data||25,928,595,144||287||1||58||179||243||8,795,365,483||Solo - Male||Spanish||Reggaeton||Puerto Rico|
|22||David Guetta||David Guetta Up to date data||25,266,515,142||844||2||50||180||468||1,446,598,562||Solo - Male||English||Electronic||France|
|23||Khalid||Khalid Up to date data||24,457,066,300||130||7||46||103||117||3,298,618,524||Solo - Male||English||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America|
|24||Maroon 5||Maroon 5 Up to date data||24,235,679,980||248||9||31||114||205||4,837,608||Group - Male||English||Pop||United States of America|
|25||Bruno Mars||Bruno Mars Up to date data||23,588,988,968||82||8||33||61||78||5,468,068,510||Solo - Male||English||Pop||United States of America|
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Most streamed artists on Spotify – How it works
This ranking presents the top Spotify artists based on streams from tracks available inside their personal page’s sections Albums, Singles and Compilations. They are combined together and defined as “Lead streams”.
The number of tracks available and over several milestones are based on lead songs only.
Streams achieved thanks to songs listed below the Appears on section on Spotify do not impact the overall ranking and these milestones statistics. They appear in the “Featured streams” column.
While the highest part of the list is comprehensive, as we go down artists may be missing. If you notice an omission, just use our streaming data tool to look for the related artist and if he scored enough streams he will automatically and instantly appear in this top. In fact, we update numbers continuously as you search for them. As soon as new daily data is in for an artist, this will be reflected in the overall ranking.
As the Spotify database is tricky, we can’t guarantee you there won’t be occasional data glitches, even if we developed several controls to grant data consistency. If an issue appears in spite of these controls, we perform manual fixes.
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