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.

Available Lists


Most streamed albums: 2004

Last updated on 05/13/21
RankCoverArtistAlbumTotal StreamsDaily StreamsEAS
1TheThe KillersHot Fuss2,008,823,4771,241,4672,005,589
2UsherUsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)1,529,448,5161,093,0061,526,986
3GreenGreen DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)1,472,471,391936,8311,470,100
4EminemEminemEncore (Deluxe Version)1,322,643,269694,3391,320,513
5KellyKelly ClarksonBreakaway1,074,776,087670,5171,073,045
6KeaneKeaneHopes And Fears944,130,002625,648942,610
7KanyeKanye WestThe College Dropout900,433,240614,907898,983
8SlipknotSlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal Verses891,484,102646,915890,049
9MyMy Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet Revenge767,523,437601,888766,287
10JuanesJuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)755,898,149585,411754,681
11DaddyDaddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)702,620,532657,907701,489
12GwenGwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)675,681,214584,377674,593
13MarioMarioTurning Point589,826,062323,212588,876

Breakdowns (sorted by alphabetical order)

Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Lo Que Pas??, Pas?? - Remix (Bonus Track)4,837,8664,830
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Cu??ntame4,519,4484,512
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Tu Pr??ncipe96,167,18696,012
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Sabor a Melao5,793,5615,784
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Santifica Tus Escapularios5,741,2605,732
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)King Daddy13,606,26113,584
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)No Me Dejes Solo37,925,86337,865
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)El Muro1,793,5381,791
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Like You5,568,2865,559
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)El Empuje1,287,7841,286
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Sabor a Melao - Remix (Bonus Track)4,031,7384,025
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Salud y Vida15,146,60915,122
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Intro929,491928
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Outro802,914802
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)2 Mujeres2,841,8612,837
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Gasolina302,344,327301,857
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Corazones3,187,7953,183
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Dale Caliente18,852,71918,822
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Lo Que Pas??, Pas??172,421,869172,144
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Saber Su Nombre997,548996
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Qu?? Vas a Hacer?1,772,2941,769
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Golpe de Estado1,268,2381,266
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)Intermedio "Gavil??n"782,076781
Daddy YankeeBarrio Fino (Bonus Track Version)702,620,532701,489
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Mosh23,000,96322,964
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Crazy In Love21,647,38921,613
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Yellow Brick Road16,476,82316,450
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Just Lose It148,553,684148,314
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)One Shot 2 Shot33,792,66333,738
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)My 1st Single10,747,41310,730
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Spend Some Time21,241,60521,207
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Ricky Ticky Toc8,214,3188,201
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Rain Man25,113,62625,073
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Encore/Curtains Down18,397,54518,368
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Paul - Skit5,523,8645,515
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Love You More10,538,21510,521
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Evil Deeds24,271,10724,232
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Big Weenie20,821,55620,788
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Ass Like That109,945,878109,769
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Mockingbird507,682,526506,865
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Never Enough49,184,82049,106
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Puke28,667,59028,621
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Em Calls Paul - Skit5,557,3895,548
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)We As Americans9,377,7909,363
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Like Toy Soldiers210,925,701210,586
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Final Thought - Skit5,473,8235,465
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)Curtains Up7,486,9817,475
EminemEncore (Deluxe Version)1,322,643,2691,320,513
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Holiday / Boulevard of Broken Dreams270,130,925269,696
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Jesus of Suburbia111,830,432111,650
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Homecoming28,605,04228,559
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Give Me Novacaine / She's a Rebel42,413,69342,345
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Extraordinary Girl / Letterbomb25,393,18325,352
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Too Much Too Soon6,669,3166,659
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Wake Me up When September Ends414,220,834413,554
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Are We the Waiting / St. Jimmy37,838,41937,777
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)American Idiot486,423,709485,640
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Shoplifter5,546,7955,538
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Governator4,932,5064,925
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)Whatsername38,466,53738,405
Green DayAmerican Idiot (Deluxe)1,472,471,3911,470,100
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Hollaback Girl356,904,022356,329
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Danger Zone2,451,5482,448
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Hollaback Girl - Hollatronix Remix by Diplo516,538516
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Cool - Photek Remix Main Version433,594433
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)What You Waiting For? - Jacques Lu Cont's TWD Dub533,174532
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Bubble Pop Electric28,075,66328,030
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Harajuku Girls - Live348,426348
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Rich Girl122,330,342122,133
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)The Real Thing - Slow Jam Mix1,150,1921,148
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Harajuku Girls5,101,3895,093
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Luxurious22,916,35622,879
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Long Way To Go2,724,5952,720
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Cool61,597,07161,498
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)The Real Thing3,475,4263,470
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)What You Waiting For? - Jacques Lu Cont's TWD Mix1,417,3291,415
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Hollaback Girl - Dancehollaback Remix by Tony Kanal444,392444
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Serious3,161,2273,156
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)Crash4,295,1314,288
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)What You Waiting For?57,239,95057,148
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)What You Waiting For? - Live564,849564
Gwen StefaniLove Angel Music Baby (Deluxe Version)675,681,214674,593
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Para Tu Amor52,664,83452,580
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Interview Filmed In London, December 200523,27823
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)??mame3,008,3153,003
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Es Por T??163,883,115163,619
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)??Qu?? Pasa?1,742,7541,740
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Tu Guardi??n5,397,8685,389
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Lo Que Me Gusta A Mi5,652,2945,643
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Volverte A Ver57,004,85156,913
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Rosario Tijeras4,958,1974,950
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor57,921,66057,828
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)D??melo4,823,3044,816
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Para Tu Amor - Shepherds Bush Empire40,90841
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)A Dios Le Pido109,500,573109,324
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Sue??os2,389,3602,386
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)No Siento Penas3,317,7503,312
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)La Noche - Shepherds Bush Empire46,01846
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)La Paga1,608,6131,606
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)Fotograf??a96,344,06496,189
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)La Camisa Negra184,946,338184,649
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)La Camisa Negra - Full Phatt Remix624,055623
JuanesMi Sangre (Online Deluxe Version Of Mi Sangre)755,898,149754,681
Kanye WestThe College DropoutWe Don't Care38,815,14238,753
Kanye WestThe College DropoutSpaceship39,683,56039,620
Kanye WestThe College DropoutSchool Spirit21,094,32021,060
Kanye WestThe College DropoutThe New Workout Plan46,134,64546,060
Kanye WestThe College DropoutSchool Spirit Skit 18,611,9508,598
Kanye WestThe College DropoutWorkout Plan11,646,48211,628
Kanye WestThe College DropoutNever Let Me Down37,613,84337,553
Kanye WestThe College DropoutSlow Jamz71,831,22471,716
Kanye WestThe College DropoutLil Jimmy Skit7,612,5957,600
Kanye WestThe College DropoutBreathe In Breathe Out18,137,38818,108
Kanye WestThe College DropoutThrough The Wire121,887,632121,691
Kanye WestThe College DropoutGet Em High31,647,74131,597
Kanye WestThe College DropoutFamily Business43,307,43643,238
Kanye WestThe College DropoutJesus Walks126,453,240126,250
Kanye WestThe College DropoutSchool Spirit Skit 28,182,2968,169
Kanye WestThe College DropoutAll Falls Down196,963,316196,646
Kanye WestThe College DropoutTwo Words19,166,74419,136
Kanye WestThe College DropoutI'll Fly Away16,314,86116,289
Kanye WestThe College DropoutLast Call20,437,44120,405
Kanye WestThe College DropoutIntro17,60718
Kanye WestThe College DropoutGraduation Day14,873,77714,850
Kanye WestThe College Dropout900,433,240898,983
KeaneHopes And FearsEverybody's Changing246,087,908245,692
KeaneHopes And FearsBedshaped39,946,80739,882
KeaneHopes And FearsSomewhere Only We Know509,853,765509,033
KeaneHopes And FearsSunshine5,685,8525,677
KeaneHopes And FearsShe Has No Time9,249,4299,235
KeaneHopes And FearsUntitled 14,236,3594,230
KeaneHopes And FearsBend & Break35,937,00335,879
KeaneHopes And FearsYour Eyes Open7,654,9637,643
KeaneHopes And FearsWe Might As Well Be Strangers11,963,35011,944
KeaneHopes And FearsThis Is The Last Time62,450,12562,350
KeaneHopes And FearsOn A Day Like Today3,918,2583,912
KeaneHopes And FearsCan't Stop Now7,146,1837,135
KeaneHopes And Fears944,130,002942,610
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayAddicted7,276,7367,265
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayHear Me3,251,6663,246
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayMiss Independent33,819,29233,765
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayWhere Is Your Heart3,829,5773,823
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayBeautiful Disaster - Live9,168,1209,153
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayYou Found Me4,998,5304,990
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayI Hate Myself For Losing You2,930,2732,926
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayWalk Away17,997,87117,969
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayGone6,245,5166,235
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayLow1,904,5851,902
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayBecause of You415,037,032414,369
Kelly ClarksonBreakawaySince U Been Gone371,724,020371,125
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayBreakaway131,611,374131,399
Kelly ClarksonBreakawayBehind These Hazel Eyes64,981,49564,877
Kelly ClarksonBreakaway1,074,776,0871,073,045
MarioTurning PointC'mon - Album Version & Radio Edit2,101,9442,099
MarioTurning PointLike Me Real Hard1,422,2701,420
MarioTurning PointShakedown301,145301
MarioTurning PointNikes Fresh Out The Box1,000,527999
MarioTurning PointCall The Cops469,150468
MarioTurning PointDirections1,070,3301,069
MarioTurning PointLet Me Love You (feat. Amel)203,237203
MarioTurning PointHow Could You12,088,84612,069
MarioTurning PointCouldn't Say No1,164,4071,163
MarioTurning PointBoom (feat. Juvenile)1,199,9091,198
MarioTurning PointLet Me Love You558,846,224557,946
MarioTurning PointLet Me Love You (Remix) (feat. Jadakiss & T.I.)7,379,2597,367
MarioTurning PointHere I Go Again1,061,8151,060
MarioTurning PointGirl I Need (feat. Cham)836,058835
MarioTurning Point18680,941680
MarioTurning Point589,826,062588,876
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeGive 'Em Hell, Kid29,831,84429,784
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeThank You for the Venom36,222,24836,164
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeTo the End29,779,08329,731
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeThe Ghost of You77,813,07377,688
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeHang 'Em High17,040,38017,013
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeCemetery Drive30,174,59830,126
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeIt's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Deathwish24,991,63424,951
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeInterlude11,158,39011,140
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeYou Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison49,911,13049,831
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeHelena200,238,654199,916
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeI Never Told You What I Do for a Living18,830,95118,801
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeThe Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You19,536,46919,505
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet RevengeI'm Not Okay (I Promise)221,994,983221,638
My Chemical RomanceThree Cheers for Sweet Revenge767,523,437766,287
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesPulse of the Maggots31,371,81231,321
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesDisasterpiece - Live in London3,898,7153,892
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesVermilion40,246,34440,182
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesDon't Get Close4,400,4004,393
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesVermilion, Pt. 281,467,86181,337
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesPeople = Shit - Live2,892,0762,887
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesScream6,369,3856,359
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesThe Virus of Life6,408,4806,398
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesVermilion - Alternate Mix; U.S. Edit Full Length [U.S. Edit Full Length]5,715,9195,707
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesWelcome7,943,6517,931
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesThe Blister Exists - Live2,173,8012,170
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesThe Blister Exists29,280,01829,233
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesOpium of the People12,098,38012,079
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesDanger Keep Away2,691,5972,687
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesThree Nil10,695,03210,678
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesDuality335,110,504334,571
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesThree Nil - Live1,686,3491,684
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesCircle12,863,68212,843
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesThe Nameless21,317,19021,283
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesPrelude 3.07,393,6047,382
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesBefore I Forget257,006,774256,593
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal VersesDanger - Keep Away8,452,5288,439
SlipknotVol. 3: The Subliminal Verses891,484,102890,049
The KillersHot FussMr. Brightside1,119,941,4531,118,138
The KillersHot FussGlamorous Indie Rock & Roll25,828,77225,787
The KillersHot FussChange Your Mind25,558,84125,518
The KillersHot FussSmile Like You Mean It100,570,827100,409
The KillersHot FussEverything Will Be Alright13,140,42313,119
The KillersHot FussOn Top23,509,69423,472
The KillersHot FussMidnight Show14,182,99914,160
The KillersHot FussAll These Things That I've Done200,209,205199,887
The KillersHot FussJenny Was A Friend Of Mine44,786,82844,715
The KillersHot FussAndy, You're A Star23,840,98823,803
The KillersHot FussSomebody Told Me401,846,425401,199
The KillersHot FussBelieve Me Natalie15,407,02215,382
The KillersHot Fuss2,008,823,4772,005,589
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)That's What It's Made For11,923,47011,904
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Truth Hurts6,062,8766,053
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Superstar18,760,82018,731
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Throwback (feat. Jadakiss)11,177,30211,159
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Follow Me4,640,8184,633
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Intro3,044,8583,040
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Superstar - Interlude6,833,1746,822
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Seduction12,455,53912,435
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Confessions38,159,31838,098
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Simple Things8,609,3658,596
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Take Your Hand3,803,7953,798
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Yeah! (feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris)631,819,537630,802
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Bad Girl68,397,69268,288
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Caught Up59,405,52259,310
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)My Boo378,849,441378,239
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Do It To Me7,164,8507,153
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Can U Handle It?15,807,04515,782
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Confessions Part II Remix (feat. Shyne, Twista & Kanye West)7,528,4357,516
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Red Light5,024,3625,016
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Confessions Part II118,466,876118,276
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)Burn111,513,421111,334
UsherConfessions (Expanded Edition)1,529,448,5161,526,986
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 »

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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)

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

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