Most popular artists on Spotify

How do you know which artists are the most popular on Spotify right now? Monthly listeners hardly tell you the truth of it and Spotify’s popularity index isn’t so easy to read although it’s key to understanding one’s success. Let’s shed some light on popularity on Spotify.

Top 250 most popular artists on Spotify

# g# pic Artist Popularity Daily Streams +/- artist_spotify_id Country Genre Language Gender
1 Taylor Swift 100 0 = 06HL4z0CvFAxyc27GXpf02 United States of America Pop English Solo - Female
2 Drake 96 0 = 3TVXtAsR1Inumwj472S9r4 Canada Hip-hop English Solo - Male
3 The Weeknd 95 0 = 1Xyo4u8uXC1ZmMpatF05PJ Canada Pop English Solo - Male
4 Bad Bunny 95 0 = 4q3ewBCX7sLwd24euuV69X Puerto Rico Reggaeton Spanish Solo - Male
5 Ariana Grande 94 0 -1 66CXWjxzNUsdJxJ2JdwvnR United States of America Pop English Solo - Female
6 Future 94 0 +1 1RyvyyTE3xzB2ZywiAwp0i United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
7 Kanye West 94 0 = 5K4W6rqBFWDnAN6FQUkS6x United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
8 Travis Scott 94 0 = 0Y5tJX1MQlPlqiwlOH1tJY United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
9 Metro Boomin 94 0 +1 0iEtIxbK0KxaSlF7G42ZOp United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
10 Beyoncé 92 0 = 6vWDO969PvNqNYHIOW5v0m United States of America R&B English Solo - Female
11 Feid 92 0 +1 2LRoIwlKmHjgvigdNGBHNo Colombia Reggaeton Spanish Solo - Male
12 Lana Del Rey 91 0 +1 00FQb4jTyendYWaN8pK0wa United States of America Alternative English Solo - Female
13 Rihanna 91 0 = 5pKCCKE2ajJHZ9KAiaK11H Barbados Pop English Solo - Female
14 21 Savage 91 0 = 1URnnhqYAYcrqrcwql10ft United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
15 SZA 91 0 = 7tYKF4w9nC0nq9CsPZTHyP United States of America R&B English Solo - Female
16 Peso Pluma 91 0 = 12GqGscKJx3aE4t07u7eVZ Mexico Regional Mexican Spanish Solo - Male
17 Eminem 90 0 = 7dGJo4pcD2V6oG8kP0tJRR United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
18 Kendrick Lamar 90 0 = 2YZyLoL8N0Wb9xBt1NhZWg United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
19 Karol G 90 0 = 790FomKkXshlbRYZFtlgla Colombia Reggaeton Spanish Solo - Female
20 Olivia Rodrigo 90 0 = 1McMsnEElThX1knmY4oliG United States of America Pop English Solo - Female
21 Billie Eilish 89 0 +1 6qqNVTkY8uBg9cP3Jd7DAH United States of America Alternative English Solo - Female
22 Bruno Mars 89 0 = 0du5cEVh5yTK9QJze8zA0C United States of America Pop English Solo - Male
23 Dua Lipa 89 0 +1 6M2wZ9GZgrQXHCFfjv46we United Kingdom Pop English Solo - Female
24 Justin Bieber 89 0 = 1uNFoZAHBGtllmzznpCI3s Canada Pop English Solo - Male
25 Playboi Carti 89 0 = 699OTQXzgjhIYAHMy9RyPD United States of America Hip-hop English Solo - Male
Artist Country Genre Language Gender

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Most popular artists – How it works

What does this top mean?

We know that the popularity index is both poorly known and not so user friendly: it’s a 0-to-100 index rather than raw data. It’s based on ongoing streams relative to remaining artists, with the biggest one being rated 100.

Internally though, this index is key as it’s used as part of algorithms which create and update playlists, bringing a huge value for artists. The higher the popularity index of the artist, the more visible they will get on Spotify. It also reflects the number one artists today, with results from the last weeks, as opposed to cumulative to date streams.

Convinced of its importance for a long time, we developed this page to retrieve the top 50 best performers of the platform, but also how many daily streams they recorded. This last statistic, unique online, adds to the popularity index the concrete meaning it lacks.

In general, an artist will need 10 million daily streams to hit a score of 90, about twice as many streams as the global #1 single usually gets. You have read this correctly. An artist scoring 90 is gaining far more streams than the current #1 smash.

As numbers reflect a scale 100 based on the top performer, the score of an artist can go up or down even when they are consistent by themselves. For example, the madness surrounding Taylor Swift in the second half of 2023 pushed artists amassing 10 million streams per day down to roughly 83.

While the exact formula isn’t shared by Spotify, the scale is exponential, with streams doubling every 5 points. It means that an artist scoring 95 gets about twice as many streams as an artist at 90, itself scoring twice as much as an artist at 85.

This indicator ends up showing how healthy a catalog is, something fundamental to become one of the most popular artists on Spotify.

How do we build this top?

The daily streaming total includes streams on which an artist is featured. The page also displays the 1-week evolution of the index.

We may miss the daily streams total for some entries in this list. No worries, this will last only 24 hours in general. More than 1,500 of the biggest stars are tracked to make sure to not miss artists.

Also, at times daily streams can show a negative total, something happening when one or several songs from an artist are made unavailable by Spotify.

Some history & records

Our own history of rating scores dates back to April 2020. Premium users can see former ratings of artists at this link.

As of November 15, 2023, the leader is no other than Taylor Swift. In fact, she took over the top position on March 19, 2023 and never gave it up. Below are all leaders since April 21, 2020.

2020 Popularity index leaders

Days at #1, start date, artist.

2021 Popularity index leaders

Days at #1, start date, artist.

2022 Popularity index leaders

Days at #1, start date, artist.

2023 Popularity index leaders

Days at #1, start date, artist.

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