Spotify all-time most streamed artists
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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
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
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
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
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.
Records related to songs
Most 100 million plus songs
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
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
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.