Spotify Most Streamed Albums

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Methodology

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

Most streamed albums: 1972

Last updated on 06/19/21
RankCoverArtistAlbumTotal StreamsDaily StreamsEAS
1EltonElton JohnHonky Chateau644,160,885544,222643,124
2StevieStevie WonderTalking Book623,335,531431,470,626622,332
3DavidDavid BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)601,219,784379,555600,252
4LouLou ReedTransformer514,154,217308,571513,326
5DeepDeep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary Edition486,876,723397,413486,093


Breakdowns (sorted by alphabetical order)

ArtistAlbumSongStreamsEAS
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Starman - 2012 Remaster226,632,490226,268
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)It Ain't Easy - 2012 Remaster12,357,89712,338
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Soul Love - 2012 Remaster16,210,75216,185
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Hang on to Yourself - 2012 Remaster10,434,88510,418
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Five Years - 2012 Remaster27,613,02527,569
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Rock 'n' Roll Suicide - 2012 Remaster24,406,45124,367
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Lady Stardust - 2012 Remaster16,322,59416,296
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Suffragette City - 2012 Remaster37,844,40037,783
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Ziggy Stardust - 2012 Remaster89,866,08489,721
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Star - 2012 Remaster9,800,0249,784
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)Moonage Daydream - 2012 Remaster129,731,182129,522
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2012 Remaster)601,219,784600,252
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionMaybe I'm a Leo - 1997 Remix317,480317
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionWhen A Blind Man Cries - 1997 Digital Remaster18,210,06218,181
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionLazy - 1997 Digital Remaster12,155,58212,136
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionSpace Truckin' - 1997 Remix1,076,8261,075
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionSmoke On The Water - 1997 Digital Remaster303,513,829303,025
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionNever Before - 1997 Remix242,506242
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionNever Before - 1997 Digital Remaster4,060,3664,054
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionMaybe I'm A Leo - 1997 Digital Remaster3,692,2753,686
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionSmoke On the Water - 1997 Remix1,420,6141,418
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionSpace Truckin' - 1997 Digital Remaster13,858,84213,837
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionMaybe I'm A Leo - Quadrophonic Mix; 1997 Digital Remaster94,40094
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionLazy - Quadrophonic Mix; 1997 Digital Remaster108,396108
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionHighway Star - 1997 Remaster123,669,077123,470
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionPictures Of Home - 1997 Remix346,894346
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionPictures Of Home - 1997 Digital Remaster1,092,2271,090
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionHighway Star2,083,3852,080
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary EditionLazy - 1997 Remix933,962932
Deep PurpleMachine Head - 25th Anniversary Edition486,876,723486,093
Elton JohnHonky ChateauAmy1,312,4511,310
Elton JohnHonky ChateauHonky Cat28,077,15328,032
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSalvation1,936,0131,933
Elton JohnHonky ChateauRocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)573,625,701572,702
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSlave1,360,2971,358
Elton JohnHonky ChateauHercules2,092,7342,089
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSlave - Alternate "Fast" Version958,993957
Elton JohnHonky ChateauI Think I'm Going To Kill Myself5,444,8485,436
Elton JohnHonky ChateauMellow2,466,2012,462
Elton JohnHonky ChateauSusie (Dramas)1,823,7931,821
Elton JohnHonky ChateauMona Lisas And Mad Hatters25,062,70125,022
Elton JohnHonky Chateau644,160,885643,124
Lou ReedTransformerNew York Telephone Conversation3,261,2313,256
Lou ReedTransformerWagon Wheel3,792,2603,786
Lou ReedTransformerAndy's Chest6,109,6146,100
Lou ReedTransformerGoodnight Ladies3,161,7383,157
Lou ReedTransformerI'm So Free3,971,3253,965
Lou ReedTransformerVicious23,232,07123,195
Lou ReedTransformerMake Up4,467,7634,461
Lou ReedTransformerHangin' 'Round5,929,8975,920
Lou ReedTransformerPerfect Day127,296,231127,091
Lou ReedTransformerWalk On the Wild Side292,548,523292,077
Lou ReedTransformerSatellite of Love40,383,56440,319
Lou ReedTransformer514,154,217513,326
Stevie WonderTalking BookYou Are The Sunshine Of My Life107,870,838107,697
Stevie WonderTalking BookMaybe Your Baby3,918,5973,912
Stevie WonderTalking BookTuesday Heartbreak1,501,7461,499
Stevie WonderTalking BookSuperstition487,777,634486,992
Stevie WonderTalking BookI Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)10,614,69810,598
Stevie WonderTalking BookYou've Got It Bad Girl1,390,1831,388
Stevie WonderTalking BookLookin' For Another Pure Love1,257,3381,255
Stevie WonderTalking BookBig Brother1,310,7061,309
Stevie WonderTalking BookYou And I6,253,7386,244
Stevie WonderTalking BookBlame It On The Sun1,440,0531,438
Stevie WonderTalking Book623,335,531622,332
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R-zszz

Hi! Why isn’t Love Yourself: Answer by BTS in the list of the most streams albums of all time? It has around 3,9B streams right now.. (LY: Answer -> https://open.spotify.com/album/2lATw9ZAVp7ILQcOKPCPqp?si=EjGdpiCZS7KVVq6MDRaumg)

Last edited 2 months ago by R-zszz
Martin

Because it is a compilation album and only studio albums are included.

elliofun

Hi! Shouldn’t Beyoncé’s HOMECOMIN be on most streamed of 2019?

Al

It’s there now!

Thank you for the notice 🙂

Luan

“Pink Friday Roman Reloaded” has a full version called “Pink Friday Roman Reloaded + The Re-Up” with more streams. Beyoncé’s B-day has more than 1 billion streams, different from the posted count.

ps. HOMECOMING, by Beyoncé please!!!!!

firdaus

Hi. This is a very interesting update, thank you.

Out of curiosity, for albums that not in the page, do you have to add each albums to their respective years manually, or will each year’s page be automatically updated after we search the artist’s page in the Spotify numbers tool?

Vulnerable

Also When The Sun Goes Down should be added to 2011.

Vulnerable

Where is Stars Dance by Selena Gomez?

DanielCarlos97

Do any Madonna albums have a chance to appear in any year? Many of her songs have several versions in compilations, etc.

Martin

It depends how deep each year goes, if they go to Top 20s or 30s, then yes she will appear but I reckon she’ll struggle to get into most yearly Top 10s, with 86 or 89 the only possibilities.

At the moment, her most streamed album, 1984s Like A Virgin (including every remix, version etc) is on 416m streams, so quite a way of the #8 album, Princes Purple Rain on 587m.

Padilla

you Only added Speak Now the Standard version, The deluxe edition is at 973,540,829 streams

Martin

I’m not 100% sure and I know there are many albums listed that are deluxe versions, but I think the intention is just to have the streaming numbers of tracks from the standard/original release. The other days I mentioned that a few album deluxe versions included tracks that were not originally on the standard album, as well as demos, remixes, live versions of tracks that were. I thought MJD would just remove the tracks not originally on the listed album and retain demos, remixes etc of tracks that were (as per how EAS is calculated) but instead he removed everything,… Read more »

Padilla

please fix the Speak Now issue, every other album in the 2010s Page is the deluxe version

Martin

I thought it might be a case of all or nothing, if there is an outside track on the deluxe version.

This could be quite messy IMO, as while we are not exactly measuring oranges against apples, it does seem as though we are measuring Braeburns vs Coxs vs Granny Smiths, if you get what I mean.

Martin

I think you’ve missed my point. My point is that, not all albums listed will be equal, some will have super deluxe/deluxe etc versions included because the tracks are all versions of tracks originally on that album but albums like Appetite, lose all of it’s super deluxe tracks because their is no deluxe version to downgrade to and the results can’t just exclude tracks not directly or originally related to the album and retain the super deluxe tracks that do, we end up losing them all. On top of this (as you mention), they all exclude versions of their tracks… Read more »

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Al

Even if we decide to only count only the “original” version of an album will we still have issues like this I think.

There are several albums which only have a deluxe/extended/whatever version and not a “original”. This is especially true for many catalogue artists.

I do agree with MJD here, in my opinion does the current “criteria” give us the most comprehensive look. But it’s of course debatable.

Martin

I think you’ve also missed my point Al. My point is purely that, not all albums, that are included, are being measured equally. I guess it needs manual fixing, to ensure each album has every track assigned to it, that should be, as oppose to wiping entire deluxe versions, for the sake of a few rogue tracks or having to include them in full (with rogue tracks) because there is no other version or alternative, through restrictions on how the source data can be interrogated and what results can be generated. But it’s not the most comprehensive look. If you… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Martin
Al

If manual adjustments like this (similar to the song ranking I guess) is doable it would be great. I’m just not sure how convenient that would be for 1k++ distinct releases.

Maybe MJD could expand on this.

Last edited 2 months ago by Al
Martin

Yes, I get that time and effort is the key to it all and in most cases it wont alter things that drastically but it still means not every album is equally represented, some will have higher streams than they should, some will have lesser streams than they should have, while some will of course be exactly correct.

szapov

can you add trilogy by the weeknd please. thanks!

Last edited 2 months ago by szapov
justiceforglory

Are these lists complete/accurate or there might be albums that are still missing? Thanks for your hard work!

Al

We’re still adding a lot of albums, but the higher ranks should be fairly complete

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