Most followed artists on Spotify
There are countless of statistics online reflecting how much followed artists are, most notably through social media apps and sites.
In truth, how many followers they may have on Instagram or X isn’t directly reflective about how successful they are as music artists, as they can be more entertaining or simply more active online than others.
Why followers on Digital Streaming Platforms matter
It’s all about the music
Instead of social media following, what’s really key when gauging the success of a music artist is how many followers they claim inside the music streaming software, with the biggest one being Spotify by some distance.
There, there are no talks or postings from artists. Users follow them mostly because they want to be notified when new music comes out, to represent themselves as fans or to access the artist library more handily.
In all of these cases the conclusion is the same, users following an artist inside a streaming platform is way more likely to consume his music.
The predictive strength of followers
No matter if you are the artist himself, his manager, a label executive or a fan, and even if you are perfectly aware of streaming numbers of the said artist, tracking his followers should still be essential to you.
This is due to the predictive strength of followers, which tells you how many streams an artist is going to have in the future rather than in the past.
In fact, a user hitting the follow button now is telling that he has an active interest in him, that he will engage with his catalog from now on. Data also show that followers will consume music from an artist not just right now, but in the long run.
For popular artists, having a followers count which grows fast means that your upcoming catalog sales are going to be great. In the other side, if hardly anyone new follows an artist, his songs may be on their way to be forgotten.
Followers statistics are just as eye-opening for new artists. If two unknown artists go viral at the same time, check out how many Spotify followers they gain daily to know which one is the most likely to build a career from that point, rather than remaining a one-hit wonder.
How to read the most followed artists list
Here you will find our up to date list of most followed artists on Spotify, a piece of information on how your favorite artist is building momentum in the music industry.
Keep in mind that statistics reflect cumulative followers to date of all artists. It’s also worth noting that Spotify periodically removes churned users from followers counts to keep the data as relevant as it gets. They last did it on October 20, 2023, when Ed Sheeran lost a whopping 1,086,171 followers.
We highly recommend you to use the sorting option to display the highest gainers both daily and weekly. This will tell you just as much if not more than the raw value of total followers to date.
If this virality of artists who are truly growing right now, rather than just a song, is of interest to you, you may as well browse our Viral artists ranking which highlights the biggest risers at the moment.
Most-followerd artists’ record holders
The current #1 singer on Spotify is no other than Ed Sheeran. The popularity of the British musician is going down lately, but he still holds a comfortable lead.
While he made headlines in July 2022 when he became the first artist to hit 100 million followers, he has been on top for many years.
For the first time in a very long time though he is now seriously challenging, with both Indian music legend Arijit Singh and American pop icon Taylor Swift increasing much faster than anyone else, currently ranking at 2 and 4, respectively.
At current pace, both will fight for the top spot in less than a year. The latter is on her way to become the most-followed female artist, a title currently held by Ariana Grande, who is 3rd overall. The top 5 is completed by another female singer, Ocean Eyes’ star Billie Eilish.
Most followed artists – Full list
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|1||Ed Sheeran||115,871,885||17,948||227,867||6eUKZXaKkcviH0Ku9w2n3V||Solo - Male||Pop||United Kingdom||English|
|2||Arijit Singh||97,035,003||95,582||800,281||4YRxDV8wJFPHPTeXepOstw||Solo - Male||Indian Film Music||India||Hindi|
|3||Ariana Grande||95,502,330||33,250||316,832||66CXWjxzNUsdJxJ2JdwvnR||Solo - Female||Pop||United States of America||English|
|4||Taylor Swift||95,122,060||121,481||1,296,730||06HL4z0CvFAxyc27GXpf02||Solo - Female||Pop||United States of America||English|
|5||Billie Eilish||89,683,599||46,188||484,148||6qqNVTkY8uBg9cP3Jd7DAH||Solo - Female||Alternative||United States of America||English|
|6||Drake||82,997,736||48,826||516,786||3TVXtAsR1Inumwj472S9r4||Solo - Male||Hip-hop/R&B||Canada||English|
|7||Eminem||79,485,313||64,526||579,463||7dGJo4pcD2V6oG8kP0tJRR||Solo - Male||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America||English|
|8||Bad Bunny||77,639,781||55,605||517,837||4q3ewBCX7sLwd24euuV69X||Solo - Male||Reggaeton||Puerto Rico||Spanish|
|9||The Weeknd||75,576,743||54,085||580,795||1Xyo4u8uXC1ZmMpatF05PJ||Solo - Male||Pop||Canada||English|
|10||Justin Bieber||75,000,634||18,578||183,660||1uNFoZAHBGtllmzznpCI3s||Solo - Male||Pop||Canada||English|
|11||BTS||71,532,453||20,885||244,670||3Nrfpe0tUJi4K4DXYWgMUX||Group - Male||K-Pop||South Korea||Korean|
|12||Rihanna||59,000,906||24,806||246,479||5pKCCKE2ajJHZ9KAiaK11H||Solo - Female||Pop||Barbados||English|
|13||Adele||53,051,891||29,359||263,959||4dpARuHxo51G3z768sgnrY||Solo - Female||Pop||United Kingdom||English|
|14||Bruno Mars||52,761,077||30,909||300,790||0du5cEVh5yTK9QJze8zA0C||Solo - Male||Pop||United States of America||English|
|15||Imagine Dragons||51,484,115||17,758||218,699||53XhwfbYqKCa1cC15pYq2q||Group - Male||Alternative||United States of America||English|
|16||Queen||49,099,474||11,691||127,009||1dfeR4HaWDbWqFHLkxsg1d||Group - Male||Rock||United Kingdom||English|
|17||Coldplay||48,646,015||24,897||297,892||4gzpq5DPGxSnKTe4SA8HAU||Group - Male||Alternative||United Kingdom||English|
|18||Blackpink||47,382,965||26,005||247,181||41MozSoPIsD1dJM0CLPjZF||Group - Female||K-Pop||South Korea||Korean|
|19||Selena Gomez||47,029,721||27,389||261,126||0C8ZW7ezQVs4URX5aX7Kqx||Solo - Female||Pop||United States of America||English|
|20||Neha Kakkar||44,116,952||23,968||197,355||5f4QpKfy7ptCHwTqspnSJI||Solo - Female||Indian Film Music||India||Hindi|
|21||XXXTentacion||43,760,568||11,716||107,992||15UsOTVnJzReFVN1VCnxy4||Solo - Male||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America||English|
|22||Post Malone||43,034,258||17,268||199,678||246dkjvS1zLTtiykXe5h60||Solo - Male||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America||English|
|23||Shawn Mendes||42,920,195||9,421||93,974||7n2wHs1TKAczGzO7Dd2rGr||Solo - Male||Pop||Canada||English|
|24||Dua Lipa||42,453,635||15,837||178,385||6M2wZ9GZgrQXHCFfjv46we||Solo - Female||Pop||United Kingdom||English|
|25||Karol G||42,344,386||55,955||396,600||790FomKkXshlbRYZFtlgla||Solo - Female||Reggaeton||Colombia||Spanish|
|26||Maroon 5||41,918,594||13,089||123,304||04gDigrS5kc9YWfZHwBETP||Group - Male||Pop||United States of America||English|
|27||A.R. Rahman||41,694,873||35,144||310,445||1mYsTxnqsietFxj1OgoGbG||Solo - Male||Indian Film Music||India||Tamil|
|28||Alan Walker||39,883,318||10,976||120,677||7vk5e3vY1uw9plTHJAMwjN||Solo - Male||Electronic||Norway||English|
|29||Ozuna||38,133,384||12,571||115,855||1i8SpTcr7yvPOmcqrbnVXY||Solo - Male||Reggaeton||Puerto Rico||Spanish|
|30||J Balvin||37,986,286||7,928||73,192||1vyhD5VmyZ7KMfW5gqLgo5||Solo - Male||Reggaeton||Colombia||Spanish|
|31||Beyoncé||36,612,431||13,777||145,947||6vWDO969PvNqNYHIOW5v0m||Solo - Female||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America||English|
|32||Marshmello||35,195,449||4,408||44,609||64KEffDW9EtZ1y2vBYgq8T||Solo - Male||Electronic||United States of America||English|
|33||Maluma||34,702,746||10,194||97,972||1r4hJ1h58CWwUQe3MxPuau||Solo - Male||Reggaeton||Colombia||Spanish|
|34||Daddy Yankee||34,161,379||15,373||120,464||4VMYDCV2IEDYJArk749S6m||Solo - Male||Reggaeton||Puerto Rico||Spanish|
|35||One Direction||34,135,722||13,883||141,205||4AK6F7OLvEQ5QYCBNiQWHq||Group - Male||Pop||United Kingdom||English|
|36||Anuel Aa||34,067,737||30,930||237,337||2R21vXR83lH98kGeO99Y66||Solo - Male||Reggaeton||Puerto Rico||Spanish|
|37||Marília Mendonça||33,690,289||16,669||150,109||1yR65psqiazQpeM79CcGh8||Solo - Female||Sertanejo||Brazil||Portuguese|
|38||Shakira||32,353,997||20,517||179,510||0EmeFodog0BfCgMzAIvKQp||Solo - Female||Pop||Colombia||Spanish|
|39||Camila Cabello||32,253,234||12,316||112,477||4nDoRrQiYLoBzwC5BhVJzF||Solo - Female||Pop||United States of America||English|
|40||Juice WRLD||31,652,056||15,742||139,236||4MCBfE4596Uoi2O4DtmEMz||Solo - Male||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America||English|
|41||Katy Perry||30,827,708||23,912||236,367||6jJ0s89eD6GaHleKKya26X||Solo - Female||Pop||United States of America||English|
|42||Olivia Rodrigo||30,593,436||31,774||386,634||1McMsnEElThX1knmY4oliG||Solo - Female||United States of America||English|
|43||Guns N' Roses||30,442,337||9,184||90,608||3qm84nBOXUEQ2vnTfUTTFC||Group - Male||Rock||United States of America||English|
|44||Harry Styles||30,435,551||14,882||149,031||6KImCVD70vtIoJWnq6nGn3||Solo - Male||Pop||United Kingdom||English|
|45||Lana Del Rey||30,394,218||34,787||421,366||00FQb4jTyendYWaN8pK0wa||Solo - Female||Alternative||United States of America||English|
|46||Nicki Minaj||30,339,595||13,742||138,241||0hCNtLu0JehylgoiP8L4Gh||Solo - Female||Hip-hop/R&B||Trinidad and Tobago||English|
|47||Michael Jackson||29,574,844||13,883||123,762||3fMbdgg4jU18AjLCKBhRSm||Solo - Male||Pop||United States of America||English|
|48||Lady Gaga||28,708,872||12,589||124,747||1HY2Jd0NmPuamShAr6KMms||Solo - Female||Pop||United States of America||English|
|49||AC/DC||27,782,697||7,765||75,997||711MCceyCBcFnzjGY4Q7Un||Group - Male||Rock||Australia||English|
|50||Doja Cat||27,590,072||16,395||171,141||5cj0lLjcoR7YOSnhnX0Po5||Solo - Female||Hip-hop/R&B||United States of America||English|
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Most followed artists – How it works
Our most followed artists is updated daily, just like the statistic is on Spotify.
To build this list, we automatically retrieve the information for more than 12,000 major artists. We will be adding newly increasing stars to make sure we remain comprehensive.
Having a lot of followers doesn’t guarantee your releases will always be hits. If you’ve got 20, 30, 50 million subscribers though, it’s safe to say you’ll remain relevant for many years.
So, whether it comes from new songs or past hits, these most followed artists are the ones which are building the most robust discographies, ultimately climbing up the ladder in our CSPC rankings.
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