After being Spotify’s top-streamed artist in 2015 and 2016, Drake had an off-year in 2017, but he’s back in force this year. He was the top-streamed artist with the top-streamed album (Scorpion) and song (God’s Plan) in 2018. With 8.2 billion streams this year alone, Drake also became Spotify’s most-played artist of all time. Rounding out the the top five were Post Malone, XXXTenacion, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran, who took the streaming crown in 2017.
Ariana Grande was Spotify’s top-streamed female artist in 2018, thanks to a consistent output of albums (Sweetener) and hits, including her latest thank u, next, with 220 million streams. In total, Grande was streamed more than 3 billion times around the world in 2018. The top streamed female artists in 2018 were Grande, Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabella.
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Other interesting tidbits from Spotify’s list includes the fact that while hip-hop was 2018’s most popular genre, Latin music continued to grow rapidly. Artists J Balvin and Bad Bunny (both featured on Cardi B’s I Like It), along with Ozuna, made the top-ten most streamed artists list. Last year, only one artist (Daddy Yankee) made the top ten.
The top-streamed tracks of the year were God’s Plan by Drake, SAD! from XXXTENTACION, Post Malone’s rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) and Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ ign) and In My Feelings by Drake. The top albums were Scorpion (Drake), beerbongs & bentleys (Post Malone) ? (XXXTENTACION), Dua Lipa (Dua Lipa), ÷ (Ed Sheeran). Check out Spotify’s blog post for the rest of the best.