Drake, Ed Sheeran most streamed Spo­tify artists of last decade

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THIS WEEK marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the pub­lic de­but of Spo­tify, and the stream­ing ser­vice has re­leased a few all-time “most­streamed” lists. Think of them as global playlists for the last decade of your life.

Tak­ing the No. 1 spot on the most-streamed artist run­down is Drake, with Ed Sheeran land­ing atop the most-streamed song list with “Shape of You.” Ri­hanna was the first artist to achieve 1 bil­lion streams in 2013 and leads the global list of most-streamed fe­male artists.

Sheeran marks two en­tries on the most-played track list with “Shape of You” at the top and “Think­ing Out Loud” in fifth place. Drake’s “One Dance” holds se­cond place, the Chainsmok­ers and Halsey’s “Closer” is third, while Post Malone takes fourth place with “rock­star” (fea­tur­ing 21 Sav­age). The Chainsmok­ers also mark two spots on the top 10, thanks to “Don’t Let Me Down” land­ing at No. 10, while Justin Bieber gets two en­tries with “Love Your­self” and “Sorry” at No. 8 and No. 9 re­spec­tively and is cred­ited in a third along with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yan­kee for “Des­pac­ito Remix” at No. 7.

Spo­tify felt the need to break out a sep­a­rate list of most­streamed fe­male artists, pos­si­bly be­cause no fe­male artist had a song make the most-streamed top 10. Ri­hanna sits atop the list, fol­lowed by Ari­anna Grande, Sia, Bey­oncé, and Nicki Mi­naj. Their ini­tial re­luc­tance to join the ser­vice in its in­fancy may ex­plain why Adele and Tay­lor Swift fol­low at No. 6 and No. 7, re­spec­tively.

Swe­den-based com­pany Spo­tify Tech­nol­ogy SA launched to the pub­lic in Oc­to­ber 2008 with Cold­play’s “Viva La Vida” be­com­ing the most-streamed track in the de­but month. A decade later, the ser­vice, founded by cur­rent Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Daniel Ek and Martin Lorent­zon, has more than 180 mil­lion monthly ac­tive lis­ten­ers across 65 coun­tries, fea­tures more than 40 mil­lion tracks, more than 2,000 gen­res, and more than 3 bil­lion playlists. It has clocked 16,858,080 years of time streamed.

In April, it went pub­lic on the New York Stock Ex­change. Shares open­ing at $165.90, which gave the com­pany a mar­ket value of $29.5 bil­lion. Shares closed at $149.48 on Wed­nes­day.

Stream­ing mu­sic ser­vices have in­creased in re­cent years both in vol­ume of mu­sic and com­pe­ti­tion, with cus­tomers now hav­ing mul­ti­ple out­lets vy­ing for their busi­ness. Ap­ple Inc., Tidal, Ama­zon.com Inc., and An­droid have all launched their own ser­vices, with YouTube Mu­sic, a sub­sidiary of Al­pha­bet Inc.’s Google Inc., de­but­ing in June.

Spo­tify’s big­gest com­peti­tor, apart from il­le­gal down­loads, is cur­rently Ap­ple Mu­sic, which has more than 40 mil­lion sub­scribers and more than 50 mil­lion users. Glob­ally, 38% of on­line lis­ten­ers con­tinue to con­sume mu­sic il­le­gally through copy­right in­fringe­ment prac­tices such as stream rip­ping, ac­cord­ing to a 2018 re­port by the International Fed­er­a­tion of the Phono­graphic In­dus­try (IFPI).

Here, though, are the hits. MOST-STREAMED SONG EACH YEAR SINCE SPO­TIFY LAUNCH 2008: The Killers – “Hu­man” 2009: The Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feel­ing ”

2010: Eminem, Ri­hanna – “Love The Way You Lie”

2011: Don Omar, Lu­cenzo – “Danza Kuduro”

2012: Go­tye, Kim­bra – “Some­body That I Used To Know”

2013: Mack­le­more & Ryan Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us” (fea­tur­ing Ray Dalton)

2014: Phar­rell Wil­liams – “Happy” (from De­spi­ca­ble Me 2)

2015: Ma­jor Lazer, Mo, DJ Snake – “Lean On”

2016: Drake – “One Dance” 2017: Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”


1. Drake

2. Ed Sheeran

3. Eminem

4. The Weeknd

5. Ri­hanna

6. Kanye West

7. Cold­play

8. Justin Bieber

9. Calvin Har­ris

10. Ari­ana Grande


1. Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You”

2. Drake – “One Dance”

3. The Chainsmok­ers, Halsey – “Closer”

4. Post Malone – “rock­star” (fea­tur­ing 21 Sav­age)

5. Ed Sheeran – “Think­ing Out Loud”

6. Ma­jor Lazer, Mo, DJ Snake – “Lean On”

7. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yan­kee, Justin Bieber – “Des­pac­ito Remix”

8. Justin Bieber – “Love Your­self”

9. Justin Bieber – “Sorry”

10. The Chainsmok­ers – “Don’t Let Me Down”


1. Ri­hanna (2013)

2. David Guetta (2013)

3. Eminem (2013)

4. Kanye West (2014)

5. Avicii (2014)

6. Cold­play (2014)

7. Jay Z (2014)

8. Katy Perry (2014)

9. Drake (2014)

10. Pit­bull (2014)


1. Ed Sheeran – ÷

2. Justin Bieber – Pur­pose

3. Drake – Views

4. Ed Sheeran – x

5. Post Malone – beer­bongs & bent­leys

6. The Weeknd – Star­boy

7. Drake – Scor­pion

8. The Weeknd – Beauty Be­hind The Mad­ness

9. Post Malone – Stoney

10. Ken­drick La­mar – DAMN.


1. Ri­hanna

2. Ari­ana Grande

3. Sia

4. Bey­oncé

5. Nicki Mi­naj

6. Adele

7. Tay­lor Swift

8. Se­lena Gomez

9. Katy Perry

10. Shakira

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