Spotify Most Streamed Albums

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This page provides you with up to date lists of the most streamed studio albums, per year, per decade and of all-time, on Spotify.

Singles that have been issued before the start of the selected period are thus included in full.

In case several versions of the same album exist, the one with the highest total of streams is displayed.

The column EAS stands for Equivalent Album Sales. It reflects the worth of these audio streams on par with album units. This data extrapolates remaining streaming platforms.

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1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
2020s20202021

Most streamed albums: 1972

Last updated on 05/13/21
RankCoverArtistAlbumTotal StreamsDaily StreamsEAS
1EltonElton JohnHonky Chateau624,171,033538,919623,166
2StevieStevie WonderTalking Book609,263,006369,272608,282
3DavidDavid BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)587,566,956381,026586,621


Breakdowns (sorted by alphabetical order)

ArtistAlbumSongStreamsEAS
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Starman - 2012 Remaster220,803,835220,448
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)It Ain't Easy - 2012 Remaster12,111,62312,092
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Soul Love - 2012 Remaster15,880,55915,855
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Hang on to Yourself - 2012 Remaster10,234,91010,218
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Five Years - 2012 Remaster26,933,07326,890
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Rock 'n' Roll Suicide - 2012 Remaster23,865,86323,827
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Lady Stardust - 2012 Remaster15,977,06215,951
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Suffragette City - 2012 Remaster36,889,46836,830
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Ziggy Stardust - 2012 Remaster88,169,50188,028
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Star - 2012 Remaster9,605,1299,590
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Moonage Daydream - 2012 Remaster127,095,933126,891
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)587,566,956586,621
Elton JohnHonky ChateauAmy1,275,0401,273
Elton JohnHonky ChateauHonky Cat27,218,79127,175
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSalvation1,889,3091,886
Elton JohnHonky ChateauRocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)556,133,904555,238
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSlave1,327,9791,326
Elton JohnHonky ChateauHercules2,027,1102,024
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSlave - Alternate "Fast" Version934,917933
Elton JohnHonky ChateauI Think I'm Going To Kill Myself5,045,4555,037
Elton JohnHonky ChateauMellow2,383,2242,379
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSusie (Dramas)1,768,0581,765
Elton JohnHonky ChateauMona Lisas And Mad Hatters24,167,24624,128
Elton JohnHonky Chateau624,171,033623,166
Stevie WonderTalking BookYou Are The Sunshine Of My Life103,781,080103,614
Stevie WonderTalking BookMaybe Your Baby3,812,7223,807
Stevie WonderTalking BookTuesday Heartbreak1,465,5611,463
Stevie WonderTalking BookSuperstition478,492,023477,722
Stevie WonderTalking BookI Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)10,336,44810,320
Stevie WonderTalking BookYou've Got It Bad Girl1,356,8011,355
Stevie WonderTalking BookLookin' For Another Pure Love1,227,8761,226
Stevie WonderTalking BookBig Brother1,280,6651,279
Stevie WonderTalking BookYou And I6,103,6596,094
Stevie WonderTalking BookBlame It On The Sun1,406,1711,404
Stevie WonderTalking Book609,263,006608,282
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johnnygnecco

I checked 2009, Madonna’s greatest hits album “Celebration” has 823 million plays. Why it isn’t into the top 15?

Al

The title of this page is Spotify most streamed studio albums so compilations are obviously not included

Last edited 3 hours ago by Al
MDNA

Funny how marian’s daydream outstreamed celine dion’s Falling into you and let’s talk about love while daydream only sold around 20m pure sale and celine’s two albums both sold amost 30m pure sale

Luan

“Pink Friday Roman Reloaded” has a full version called “Pink Friday Roman Reloaded + The Re-Up” with more streams (1,5 billion)
plssss notice me……

Nabil

Hi, I have a question. Where is Fearless (Taylor’s Version)?

twt

theres a glitch in the 2000s, 90s and 80s

Julie Michaels

Beyoncé’s B’Day in 2006 is excluding “Check On It” (57 million) and “Get Me Bodied” (19 million) both on the standard version and counting on her page in streaming pool but no here.

Martin

Read my comments on the previous page (Page 6), in reply to the same question from
“elliofun”, for an explanation.

Last edited 12 days ago by Martin
Poster Print

This list is missing Ellie Goulding- Halcyon Days which has around 1.34B streams.

Some versions on Spotify include I Need Your Love & Beating Heart which would be another 415M streams but I’ve only counted the streams on the edition that comes up on Ellie’s spotify page.

Last edited 13 days ago by Poster Print
El Jolito

Rock ruled the 90s!

Kalmanta

And the genre is pretty popular with catalog streams, arguably performing better, at least on Spotify, than old pop records. It’s immense decline of popularity with younger folks since the 00s, which is reflected in the charts, is the part that ultimately leaves me scratching my head.

El Jolito

Yes I don’t quite understand it, but if you look at the UK charts at least, there is a growing number of compilations in the charts from old artists. Queen, Fleetwood mac and Elton John are doing incredibly well and have been for a while as well as Oasis. Rock is definitely doing better than old pop is. Look at Madonna’s streams compared to Guns n roses or Nirvana.

Kalmanta

I was floored when I looked up Madonna‘s streams. They are abysmal for her status as an artist. Maybe she isn’t connecting with the newer generation as much. But I‘m sure her streams will go up when that documentary film is ready for the big screen, which really helped Queen and Elton John with their current explosion on streaming services.

Johnny be Good

What strikes ma about Madonna’s streaming numbers is that they are not just lower than rock acts (something which I expected), but that they are lower than Mariah Carey’s and Whitney Houston’s. I think that Madonna still suffers from the backlash of “American Life” in the USA, which limits her appeal in the world’s biggest market, and also, in the past 15 years she did everything she could to damage her reputation to the younger generation.

Martin

In all fairness, there is next to nothing between Madonna and Houston on Spotify and over 500m towards Houstons total, comes from the posthumous Higher Love single, which is really a Kygo track IMO. On top of that, Houstons death clearly helped elevate her streaming figures.

Also, if you were to exclude Careys abnormally and insanely popular Christmas track, her “normal” catalogue is pretty much in the same ball park as the other two.

Johnny be Good

Yes Whitney has a streaming era hit with “Higher Love”, I forgot about it 😀 Even discounting Whitney’s posthumous hit and Mariah’s perennial Christmas hit I think that Madonna’s numbers are a bit disappointing. If we discount Mariah’s Christmas hit she and Madonna ends up with basically the same streaming numbers, something that honestly is surprising considering Mariah’s limited appeal outside of the USA. Per example “Deaydream” has 500 mln streams on Spotify, almost the same as “Like a Virgin” and more than “True Blue”, “Like a Prayer” and “Ray of Light”. Songs like “Always be my Baby” or “Hero”… Read more »

Martin

I agree and I’ve often said, considering how huge Madonnas star was and how universal she was, that her current popularity is very, very disappointing. Being British and being old enough to have witnessed all threes careers from the beginning, Madonna and Houstons tracks are just so much more well known and recognisable to me and I’d say the majority of Brits. They both have so many classic tracks, that transcended genre and became true mainstream hits, unlike Carey, who I’d say only really has All I Want and even that took years, to grow into the beast it has… Read more »

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Johnny be Good

Well here in Italy Madonna is insanely popular so, maybe that’s why I am a bit schocked by her streaming results. Even relatively minor hits of her still get some airplay on the radio like “Who’s that girl”, “Secret” or “You’ll see”. There is a special link between Madonna and Italy, probably due to the fact she was very proud of her italian origin .Whitney here is pretty popular too, probably the second most popular foreign diva after Madonna. Apart from her classics (“I will always love you”, “I have nothing” and I wanna dance with somebody”) here “All at… Read more »

Martin

It seems Italys love and appreciation of those three, pretty much mirrors that of the UK, with Madonna way out in front of the other two, when it’s comes to popularity, sales and recognisability, then Houston, then Carey.

That’s my favourite Houston track also.

Jazz

It all depends on where you came from. Im from Asia and its safe to say Mariah Carey was far bigger than Whitney was here and especially Madonna. Dont think Madonna ever exploded the way that Mariah did here in Asia, not even close. Plus I could be wrong, but I think Madonna failed to appeal to the younger audience in the US considering how urban American music is these days. Whitney & Mariah always have the pop/soul/R&B thing going on, so they probably have bigger support from the younger generation compared to Madonna.

L145

Madonna’s underperformance on Spotify is 100% because of USA, if you check the Rolling Stone Top500 chart, she’s bubbling around #400-#450 which is terrible compared to Mariah and Whitney who have double the weekly streams of Madonna in the USA… and Also when you check Madonna’s most popular cities in Spotify it’s mostly Latin American and European cities. and Also another indicator is Madonna’s hits that were only big in USA (such as Take A Bow) have terribly low numbers, but when it comes to her hits that are more popular outside of the US like Hung Up and La… Read more »

L145

What could truly help Madonna’s catalog to be revived / more appreciated is either a new hit which seems unlikely at this point because of how she killed her career with her last 4 albums, or the movie coming up. if that movie does well it could do wonders

Al

From what I’ve seen old artists and songs can get resurges out of nowhere these days due to TikTok and such so you never know really.

Last edited 9 days ago by Martin
Al

The US only represents about 20% of Spotify users now, so even if she did terrible there it wouldn’t affect overall totals as much as you want to believe.

johnnygnecco

Isn’t the connection with the new things the only problem. She probably has the WORST team out there, most of her singles are uploaded 2-3 times (few even 4) and the streams are getting splitted. On the other hand most of her big singles are promoted by her greatest hits album “Celebration”, so, many streams go in that album instead in her studio ones. Its a whole mess, cause when people discover Madonna songs they like, if they want to listen to more of her albums, they’ll probably click and stream the Celebration album instead of her studio ones, that… Read more »

Johnny be Good

Do you think the growing number of old rock compilations on charts might be related to the growing vinyl revival?

Martin

No, it’s completely down to streaming. Sure, adding vinyl sales helps, but regardless of all the headlines about increases in vinyl sales, they are not adding that much relatively.

The reason Oasis, Queen, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Guns N Roses etc do well in the UK album chart, is because their “Best Of” tracks are streaming in huge numbers, week in week out.

Luan

“Pink Friday Roman Reloaded” has a full version called “Pink Friday Roman Reloaded + The Re-Up” with more streams (1,5 billion)

plssss notice me……

PeppaPig

Is Taylor’s Fearless (TV) gonna be on the 2021 list or added to the 2008 version?

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