Most streamed albums on Spotify
Here is the up to date list of the most streamed studio albums on Spotify!
Since streaming took a monster share of the music industry, the most streamed albums are mechanically among the most successful albums of the year.
On the other hand, it’s difficult to complete our CSPC rankings as studying deeply discographies of major artists takes a lot of time. It’s even more complicated to get updated lists for new releases since the data evolves so fast.
We can’t keep our CSPC articles updated constantly, but we can set up scripts to scan the new releases and see how they perform in streaming. So that’s what we did!
Top Spotify albums on Spotify
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Most streamed albums records
While at first it felt that streaming was confirming the trend set by downloads to put the music industry focus back on singles rather than albums, history proved this perception is wrong.
The first ever LP to be reported by the streaming platform as the annual leader was the star studded Nothing but the Beat by David Guetta in 2012, with The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis topping the 2013 list. Both were heavily supported by big hits, but soon albums consumed in full exploded.
Random Access Memories by Daft Punk or Beyoncé‘s eponymous album were some early examples. We review annual leaders below.
By 2016, X by Ed Sheeran was firmly the most streamed album of all-time. During the summer of 2017, Purpose by Justin Bieber moved to the top. Soon afterwards, Divide by Ed Sheeran which already shattered daily, weekly and yearly records, climbed to the all-time top, also claiming the biggest song ever with Shape of You.
Divide separated itself from the pack so much that for many years it felt unbeatable, becoming the first to reach every milestone from 6 billion to 13 billion. Ultimately, the shocker came from Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny, who recorded an insane run with 2022’s Un Verano Sin Ti.
The Latin juggernaut scored 618,159,971 streams on its first week, beating the top debut held by Drake‘s Scorpion at that point, and never slowed down. After a mere 15 months, it caught Divide and then became the first album ever to reach 15 billion streams.
Frequently Asked Questions
Want to better understand how this top works? This FAQ will most likely address your doubts.
The global ranking (g#) is the comprehensive ranking for albums over the 500 million mark. Below this number, albums listed are top recent albums or top streamers from local markets, for them the global ranking is meaningless.
The column EAS stands for Equivalent Album Sales reflects the worth of these audio streams on par with album units. This data extrapolates remaining streaming platforms.
In case several versions of the same album exist, the one with the highest total of streams is displayed as long as it doesn’t include bonus tracks from other albums.
Yes, their streams are included in full as the album total is effectively the sum of release to date streams of all its tracks.
Nevermind by Nirvana is the most listened to album of the 90s, and of all pre-2000 albums in general. 2001 by Dr. Dre and Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers occupy positions 2 and 3 for the decade.
Simply use the “Year” filter and enter the first 3 digits representing the decade. For example, to display 1980s albums, type “198”.