From Drizzy to Bad Bunny to Eminem and beyond, check out Boardroom’s definitive ranking of Spotify’s most streamed artists to date.
As the top competitor in music streaming platforms, being crowned as one of the most-streamed artists on Spotify is no small achievement. From hip-hop and R&B to reggaeton, trap, and country pop, we’ve got your definitive ranking of the top music choices on rotation — starting with a prolific Torontonian who stands alone as the first artist ever to exceed 60 billion streams as a lead artist.
Let’s get into it.
Most-streamed Artists on Spotify: The Best of the Best
1. Drake: 66,794,274,524 streams
The 6 God not only holds the title of most-streamed artist of the 2010s — he’s also the most-streamed artist on Spotify in history. Drake has eight studio albums to his name following the release of 2023’s For All the Dogs, but made even more history alongside 21 Savage with their collaborative album, Her Loss, which generated over one billion streams within fewer than two months of its debut in November of 2022. Drizzy is also the first artist in the streaming platform’s history to surpass 75 billion Spotify streams combined as both a lead and featured artist.
2. Bad Bunny: 60,738,070,927
In 2022, San Benito garnered over 18.5 billion Spotify streams, securing his spot as Spotify’s top overall artist for a third consecutive year. This also made the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer the only artist to accomplish such a milestone for the streaming platform. Moreover, his single “Tití Me Preguntó” achieved over one billion streams alone, making it his 12th track to make the Billions Club cut.
3. Taylor Swift: 60,561,368,347
Just two months ago, the “Anti-Hero” singer became the first female artist to hit 100 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Moreover, Taylor Swift became the first woman to land four albums within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart all at once — making her the third artist in history to ever do so — following the release of her third re-recorded album, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).
4. The Weeknd: 48,813,158,448
Earlier this year, the acclaimed artist born Abel Tesfaye became the first artist in Spotify history to hit 100 million monthly listeners. If that wasn’t enough, The Weeknd also holds the record for the most played song of all time thanks to “Blinding Lights,” which is one of three songs boasting over three billion streams as of this writing. According to Guinness World Records, the “Starboy” singer is the world’s most popular musician overall thanks in large part to being the first to surpass 100 million monthly listeners on the platform.
5. Ed Sheeran: 45,090,993,077
In 2022, Ed Sheeran became the first artist to hit 100 million followers on Spotify. Moreover, the singer’s “Shape Of You” single was the first song to reach three billion streams on Spotify and in 2021, it became the most-streamed song on Spotify in history before being overtaken by “Flashing Lights.” Did you know that the single was not intended to be on his divide album at all and was originally written for another artist? The music game is funny sometimes.
Most-Streamed Artists on Spotify: The Full Top 20
Artists’ lead-specific rankings via Spotify. All-time rankings and billion-stream stats are based on streamed songs as a lead artist only via ChartMasters as of Oct. 9, 2023.
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