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.

The global ranking (g#) is comprehensive 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.

Most streamed albums on Spotify

Most streamed albums breakdowns

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pleasse change Ed Sheeran Equals to Equals Tour Edition


Please add Blue Banisters and Chemtrails to 2021 year 🙂 Ty


Left of the Middle by Natalie Imbruglia has 488,413,678 streams, Body Talk by Robyn has 471,185,738 streams, and Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend has 471,972,873 streams. I know it’s not 500,000,000, but they’re all pretty close.


(What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and Californication over the black album is quite surprising


Californication was released in 1999 and peaked in 2000, obviously a huge advantage compared to a 1991 album when it comes to streaming.

Morning Glory on the other hand might be as popular as the black album, which is Metallica’s best selling album but not their most popular.


The black album over Morning Glory should have the advantage of the wider North American market.
Nevermind also came out in 1991 and yet it surpasses all three quite clearly, it just seems to be in another category 😉
I was expecting the black album just below Appetite for destruction.


I think the mainstream succes of Wonderwall makes the difference for now, but Metallica is catching up.


I thought that Nothing else matters had over a billion plays on spotify, instead it has less than 800,000,000 even surpassed by Enter Sandman. It looked like it might be a more successful single.


Well, it is hugely succesful, but it has stronger competition in the Metallica discography than Wonderwall has in the one of Oasis, so it’s not on every playlist.


Enter Sandman was always bigger than Nothing Else Matters, physical and digital sales for both :

ES : 1.39m
NEM : 1.01m

ES : 6.05m
NEM : 3.98m


On Youtube NEM is clearly ahead


Youtube isn’t just music though, for example the Thriller video has much more views than Beat It even though it’s clearly a less popular song. I can see why Metallica fans would rather watch the NEM video (which is like a mini-documentary about the making of the album) than the much more generic Enter Sandman video.


“I was expecting the black album just below Appetite for destruction.”

Well it’s not very far (2.7b vs 3.1b), actually 2.7b is also the total of the three big songs from Appetite…

I’m not sure what you mean about the “wider North American market”, and yes Nevermind is much more popular than all of these albums, it’s also probably in the top 5 most popular albums in the world.


I am not surprised that Nevermind is above the black album, but that the black album is below Morning Glory and Californication because it has significantly higher sales in the North American market than the other two in the European market.
Just below AFD I mean 2.9b as Thriller.
Let’s do 10 most popular albums in the world 😉

Last edited 1 month ago by Jsak

I expected less detachment between Sweet child o’mine and Nothing else matters


I’ve no idea why you’re referring to these “markets”… If you mean that the black album sold more than Morning Glory therefore it should have more streams, well it’s not that simple, Nevermind has more streams than Thriller for example.

As for the link you posted, surely you don’t believe that the Bodyguard soundtrack is as popular as Dark Side Of The Moon ?

Last edited 1 month ago by Analord

Thriller compared to Nevermind is at a disadvantage in being an album from the early 80s, if it had been released in the 90s on spotify it could have been closer to it.
It seems more truthful to me that Nevermind is among the 10 (and not 5) most popular albums that’s all.
Bodyguard soundtrack and Dark side of the moon as far as popularity is concerned are very close but I see the test of time in Pink Floyd’s favor.


can you add blue banisters and chemtrails over the country club by lana del rey <3


Blue Banisters only has 250,514,831 streams and Chemtrails only has 307,524,178 streams. Not nearly enough to be added

Ivan Personov

after hours by the weeknd?? tf??


What happened? The most streamed albums of all time aren’t even on here anymore

Luan Keyvson

hey.. you forgot to add “thank me later” from drake… he has enough streams to be added to the list 🙂 waiting for answers..


Steve Lacy’s Demo currently has 540,580,874 streams, and On the 6 by Jennifer Lopez has 528,301,480. Would it be possible to add them?


Hey, could you guys also add Rihanna’s “Music Of The Sun” please?

She’s one of the biggest names, it’s her only album missing on this list and it has surpassed 500 million streams too, so it’d be eligible to be added.

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