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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1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
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Most streamed albums: 1985

Last updated on 06/19/21
RankCoverArtistAlbumTotal StreamsDaily StreamsEAS
1a-haa-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)1,004,840,965807,2541,003,223
2DireDire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary Edition968,695,074754,560967,135
3TearsTears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)864,212,680838,629862,821
4SimpleSimple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)605,882,672483,587604,907


Breakdowns (sorted by alphabetical order)

ArtistAlbumSongStreamsEAS
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)What's That You're Doing to Yourself in the Pouring Rain57,45657
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Dream Myself Alive1,528,7271,526
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Love Is Reason2,139,4842,136
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Hunting High and Low - Slow Version Demo48,87149
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)The Sun Always Shines on T.V. - Demo99,23599
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Lesson One - "Take on Me" Demo, Autumn, 1982124,169124
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)The Sun Always Shines on T.V. - Extended Version838,619837
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)The Blue Sky - Demo75,74176
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)The Sun Always Shines on T.V. - Extended Mix385,748385
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Take on Me - Instrumental75,38875
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Hunting High and Low - Demo83,34983
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Take on Me - Single Version519,682519
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)And You Tell Me1,616,0621,613
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Here I Stand and Face the Rain1,734,6681,732
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Love Is Reason - Demo63,52763
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Train of Thought - Radio Mix100,179100
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Hunting High and Low43,456,31843,386
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Living a Boy's Adventure Tale4,357,0054,350
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)All the Planes That Come in on the Quiet60,20060
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Monday Mourning64,96565
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)The Sun Always Shines on T.V.43,599,10343,529
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)And You Tell Me - Demo65,96566
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Here I Stand and Face the Rain - Demo64,33464
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Take on Me893,268,578891,830
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Take on Me - Single Mix1,446,1741,444
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)I Dream Myself Alive - Demo62,41962
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Living a Boy's Adventure Tale - Early Version52,79853
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Hunting High and Low - Extended Remix453,814453
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Never Never75,50775
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)The Love Goodbye71,58071
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Go to Sleep75,94976
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Train of Thought - Demo79,64180
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Train of Thought4,389,2944,382
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Presenting Lily Mars73,45673
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Stop! and Make Your Mind Up43,16543
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)You Have Grown Thoughtful Again54,05254
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Dot the I75,83476
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)The Blue Sky3,124,9113,120
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Driftwood94,51294
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Take on Me - Demo167,858168
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)Nothing to It72,62873
a-haHunting High and Low (Deluxe Edition)1,004,840,9651,003,223
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionRide Across The River12,292,49112,273
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionThe Man's Too Strong13,605,36613,583
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionOne World9,177,4079,163
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionSo Far Away - Full Version72,092,52771,976
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionYour Latest Trick69,145,18269,034
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionMoney For Nothing261,274,174260,853
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionWhy Worry?36,815,45636,756
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionBrothers In Arms172,592,808172,315
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary EditionWalk Of Life321,699,663321,182
Dire StraitsBrothers In Arms - 20th Anniversary Edition968,695,074967,135
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)I Wish You Were Here707,656707
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Oh Jungleland820,671819
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Love Song - Live From The Ahoy, Rotterdam / 198562,90763
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Don't You (Forget About Me) - Live1,658,5531,656
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Don't You (Forget About Me) - Live From The Ahoy, Rotterdam / 198577,67078
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Love Song / Sun City / Dance To The Music - Live649,299648
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Street Hassle - Live From The Ahoy, Rotterdam / 198550,39450
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Come A Long Way737,524736
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Up On The Catwalk - Live From Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow / 1985135,607135
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Book Of Brilliant Things - Live997,441996
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Once Upon A Time1,631,9631,629
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Big Sleep - Live593,549593
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Alive And Kicking - Live1,401,0811,399
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Sanctify Yourself - Extended Mix102,546102
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)All The Things She Said9,889,6779,874
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)All The Things She Said - Extended Version151,740151
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Alive And Kicking - 7" Remix / Edit104,680105
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)East At Easter - Live642,067641
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Sanctify Yourself - Instrumental71,41971
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Alive And Kicking - 12" Remix194,279194
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Alive And Kicking71,533,37571,418
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Don't You (Forget About Me)473,018,225472,257
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)New Gold Dream - Live591,048590
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Promised You A Miracle - US Remix373,015372
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)All The Things She Said - Remastered 2005 / Edit106,918107
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Promised You A Miracle - Live721,291720
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)A Brass Band In African Chimes325,538325
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) - Live671,842671
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Alive And Kicking20,651,52420,618
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Oh Jungleland - 12'' Version39,21239
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Oh Jungleland - Instrumental36,70537
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Ghostdancing - Live1,009,0821,007
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Alive And Kicking - Instrumental386,606386
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Sanctify Yourself - Edit1,193,7021,192
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Ghostdancing2,119,5222,116
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Sanctify Yourself - Live439,042438
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Sanctify Yourself2,885,0702,880
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Ghostdancing - 12'' Mix48,06548
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Waterfront - Live813,102812
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Once Upon A Time - Live470,499470
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Alive And Kicking - Kevorkian 12" Remix173,417173
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Sanctify Yourself - Dub Version32,55933
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Oh Jungleland - Live718,940718
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Ghostdancing - Instrumental41,86542
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)Don't You (Forget About Me) - 12" Version6,579,3646,569
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)A Brass Band In African Chimes - Extended Version222,421222
Simple MindsOnce Upon A Time (Super Deluxe)605,882,672604,907
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - A Cappella98,12098
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk - Long Version89,06489
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)I Believe4,942,9054,935
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout149,880,924149,640
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - Live At Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada / 1985152,529152
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Marauders578,593578
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk - Early Mix70,61370
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Broken3,379,2613,374
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Head Over Heels / Broken18,372,09718,343
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Way You Are - Extended555,857555
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Listen - Clean Intro244,769244
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Working Hour6,468,6286,458
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Way You Are - Demo63,65564
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Live At Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada / 1985206,692206
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Broken - Richard Skinner BBC Session / London / 198470,27770
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - Alternative Version436,471436
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Big Chair1,019,0081,017
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - US Dub Version168,305168
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Head Over Heels - Hughes 7" Edit407,417407
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Head Over Heels - Dave Bascombe 7" N.Mix77,156,59977,032
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)When In Love With A Blind Man655,248654
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Rule The World281,254281
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk - Short Version287,774287
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - Extended1,306,1901,304
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk - Beat Of The Drum Mix169,467169
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Way You Are714,995714
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Conflict561,957561
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Working Hour - Piano Version347,005346
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Memories Fade - Live At Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada / 1985100,134100
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - U.S. Single Edit294,683294
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Broken / Head Over Heels / Broken - Preacher Mix439,767439
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk - Alternate U.S. Remix926,163925
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Way You Are - Edit200,051200
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Empire Building657,577657
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Broken / Head Over Heels - Live At Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada / 1985663,327662
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Rule The World575,868,978574,942
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Working Hour - Richard Skinner BBC Session / London / 198488,00288
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - 7" Edit1,086,5881,085
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Broken Revisited667,385666
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Instrumental137,569137
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Alternative Single Version173,580173
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Listen3,420,2493,415
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk - Live At Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada / 198578,77079
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)The Working Hour - Live At Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada / 198586,22186
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Broken - Demo60,95661
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - UK Version / Extended Version299,580299
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Roland & Curt Interviewed155,298155
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk5,500,1395,491
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Head Over Heels - Richard Skinner BBC Session / London / 1984129,267129
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Urban Mix392,833392
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Run The World471,631471
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Mothers Talk - Video Version225,001225
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Shout - Alternative Mix75,80576
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Sea Song413,454413
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Pharaohs - Single Version1,357,1461,355
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Extended Version1,556,8521,554
Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair (Super Deluxe Edition)864,212,680862,821
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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 »

Last edited 2 months ago by Martin
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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