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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Most streamed albums: 1978

Last updated on 05/13/21
RankCoverArtistAlbumTotal StreamsDaily StreamsEAS
1QueenQueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)1,420,438,094891,0951,418,151
2BobBob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe Edition737,644,062581,064736,456
3DireDire StraitsDire Straits724,425,813521,378723,259

Breakdowns (sorted by alphabetical order)

Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionNo Woman No Cry - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,709,0572,705
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionEasy Skanking - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19781,711,9961,709
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionGet Up, Stand Up - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19781,907,2981,904
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionShe's Gone18,323,39418,294
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionRebel Music - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,147,1692,144
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionKaya24,567,93624,528
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionI Shot The Sheriff - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,559,2822,555
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionConcrete Jungle - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,540,1472,536
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionJamming - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,070,1552,067
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionSun Is Shining37,990,16337,929
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionRunning Away12,045,95912,027
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionPositive Vibration - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,905,7532,901
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionWar / No More Trouble - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,743,7322,739
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionEasy Skanking53,945,42053,859
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionThem Belly Full - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,377,2912,373
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionIs This Love400,658,157400,013
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionSmile Jamaica - Single Version6,675,6946,665
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionMisty Morning12,816,62212,796
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionTime Will Tell36,072,10636,014
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionIs This Love - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19781,967,4581,964
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionThe Heathen - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19782,403,9722,400
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionExodus - Live At Ahoy Hallen/19781,625,5131,623
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionSatisfy My Soul97,035,21396,879
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe EditionCrisis7,844,5757,832
Bob Marley & The WailersKaya - Deluxe Edition737,644,062736,456
Dire StraitsDire StraitsSetting Me Up7,460,0007,448
Dire StraitsDire StraitsSouthbound Again8,095,7908,083
Dire StraitsDire StraitsSix Blade Knife19,697,20219,665
Dire StraitsDire StraitsSultans Of Swing609,107,879608,127
Dire StraitsDire StraitsLions10,686,22010,669
Dire StraitsDire StraitsIn The Gallery8,826,3968,812
Dire StraitsDire StraitsWater Of Love20,615,58120,582
Dire StraitsDire StraitsWild West End14,503,91214,481
Dire StraitsDire StraitsDown To The Waterline25,432,83325,392
Dire StraitsDire Straits724,425,813723,259
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Let Me Entertain You - Live In Montreal / November 19812,791,1022,787
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Let Me Entertain You - Remastered 20114,204,4634,198
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Don't Stop Me Now - With Long-Lost Guitars2,671,5872,667
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Fat Bottomed Girls - Single Version / Remastered 201153,022,74252,937
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)More Of That Jazz - Remastered 20113,225,2063,220
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Fun It - Remastered 20112,515,8142,512
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Jealousy - Remastered 20118,206,9118,194
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Dreamer's Ball - Early Acoustic Take / August 1978749,922749
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)If You Can't Beat Them - Remastered 20113,716,9433,711
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Fat Bottomed Girls - 2011 Remaster166,777,065166,509
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Mustapha - Remastered 20115,752,5925,743
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Bicycle Race - Remastered 201193,543,46493,393
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Don't Stop Me Now - Remastered 20111,059,245,0021,057,539
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Leaving Home Ain't Easy - Remastered 20112,605,9792,602
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Bicycle Race - Instrumental638,741638
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)In Only Seven Days - Remastered 20113,561,9643,556
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Dead On Time - Remastered 20113,201,8903,197
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)Dreamer's Ball - Remastered 20114,006,7074,000
QueenJazz (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)1,420,438,0941,418,151
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I checked 2009, Madonna’s greatest hits album “Celebration” has 823 million plays. Why it isn’t into the top 15?


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

Last edited 4 hours ago by Al

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


“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……


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


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.


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
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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!


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.


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.


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 »


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 »


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.


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.


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 »


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


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 10 days ago by Martin

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.


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?


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.


“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……


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

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