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: 1980s

Last updated on 05/13/21
RankCoverArtistAlbumTotal StreamsDaily StreamsEAS
1GunsGuns N' RosesAppetite For Destruction2,455,441,8781,641,6182,451,488
2MichaelMichael JacksonThriller 25 Super Deluxe Edition2,312,834,4371,536,4202,309,110
3AC/DCAC/DCBack In Black1,863,596,1711,549,5751,860,595
4BonBon JoviSlippery When Wet1,594,658,4721,177,7191,592,091
5QueenQueenThe Game (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)1,511,898,2381,129,6291,509,464
6MichaelMichael JacksonBad 25th Anniversary1,457,950,4631,008,2721,455,603
8U2U2The Joshua Tree (Super Deluxe)1,269,800,241945,8121,267,755
9TOTOTOTOToto IV1,209,324,051747,3391,207,377
10VariousVarious ArtistsFootloose (15th Anniversary Collectors' Edition)1,060,774,898777,0371,059,067
11BruceBruce SpringsteenBorn In The U.S.A.1,036,077,545799,0131,034,409
12BryanBryan AdamsReckless (30th Anniversary / Deluxe Edition)1,028,838,240859,8661,027,181
13QueenQueenThe Works (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)1,013,701,949615,9621,012,070
14VariousVarious ArtistsDirty Dancing: Anniversary Edition1,008,677,448795,5431,007,053
15TheThe PoliceSynchronicity (Remastered 2003)981,479,148848,008979,899
16a-haa-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)976,216,351769,747974,644
17QueenQueenHot Space (Deluxe Edition 2011 Remaster)972,764,406694,471971,198
18CyndiCyndi LauperShe's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration (Deluxe Edition)949,953,664693,004948,424
19DireDire StraitsBrothers In Arms942,518,062717,198941,000
20BobBob Marley & The WailersUprising837,827,873620,882836,479
21TearsTears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)835,005,543781,000833,661
22TracyTracy ChapmanTracy Chapman816,802,012530,145815,487
23VanVan Halen1984 (Remastered)801,008,914643,439799,719
24TheThe ClashCombat Rock (Remastered)797,373,209518,037796,089
25FleetwoodFleetwood MacTango In the Night (Deluxe Edition)794,730,628635,992793,451
26WhitneyWhitney HoustonWhitney790,267,656599,362788,995
27EurythmicsEurythmicsSweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)724,134,770480,404722,969
28SurvivorSurvivorEye Of The Tiger695,914,677494,413694,794
29N.W.A.N.W.A.Straight Outta Compton662,035,354400,023660,969
30LuisLuis MiguelBusca Una Mujer656,839,305817,032655,782
31MenMen At WorkCargo654,333,199437,927653,280
32MetallicaMetallicaMaster Of Puppets (Deluxe Box Set / Remastered)640,323,592458,110639,292
33MetallicaMetallicaRide The Lightning (Deluxe / Remastered)627,565,028471,943626,554
34PaulPaul SimonGraceland (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)617,579,988375,659616,585
35TomTom PettyFull Moon Fever613,446,259444,281612,458
36DarylDaryl Hall & John OatesVoices612,880,867377,409611,894
37Wham!Wham!Make It Big607,907,637421,175606,929
38PrincePrincePurple Rain (Deluxe Expanded Edition)604,223,217441,993603,250
39VariousVarious ArtistsTOP GUN/SOUNDTRACK593,504,436414,316592,549
40MetallicaMetallica…And Justice for All (Remastered Deluxe Box Set)589,467,271427,544588,518
41SimpleSimple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)589,194,626431,346588,246
42MenMen At WorkBusiness As Usual584,012,233384,655583,072
43AlanAlan MenkenLittle Mermaid (Special Edition)560,714,952315,879559,812
44TheThe SmithsThe Queen Is Dead (Deluxe Edition)559,758,360371,129558,857
45BillyBilly JoelAn Innocent Man559,010,887406,375558,111
46ABBAABBASuper Trouper540,226,845493,347539,357
47INXSINXSKick 30518,337,250426,388517,503
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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
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 12 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 »

Last edited 11 days ago by Martin
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 9 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.

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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