Custom styles

Image for Spotify Has Revealed The Most Streamed Artists And Songs Of The Past DecadePhoto: Katja Ogrin/Redferns

Spotify Has Revealed The Most Streamed Artists And Songs Of The Past Decade

Written by Alex Gallagher on December 4, 2019

Spotify has joined in on decade-end list fever with its annual end of year wrap-up.

As usual, the streaming giant has shared the most-streamed artists of 2019, which includes Post Malone, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande this spin ’round the sun. They’ve also, among other things, shared the most-streamed songs of the year – Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’ ‘Señorita’, Billie Eilish hit ‘bad guy’ and Post Malone/Swae Lee collab ‘Sunflower’.

But that’s not all – we now also know stats from 2010-2019 thanks to Spotify’s ‘A Decade Wrapped’ list.

The most-streamed artist of the decade is a not entirely surprising result, with the honour going to Drake. The rapper has released five studio albums since 2010, most recently last year’s 25-track mammoth Scorpion. 

After that, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Eminem make the cut for top five.

Most-streamed tracks include Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ up front, Drake, Kyla and WizKid’s ‘One Dace’, Post Malone’s 21 Savage-featuring ‘rockstar’ and The Chainsmokers and Halsey’s hit ‘Closer’.

As The Washington Post acknowledge, it’s important to take this list with a grain of salt, as the stats exist “within a self-constructed reality” and don’t necessarily reflect what people were listening to outside the streaming service.

For instance, Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade was Tidal-exclusive for three years, not reaching Spotify until the middle of this year.

It’s a similar case for Taylor Swift, who pulled her music from Spotify in 2014 with the release of 1989, only restoring her back catalogue to the service in June 2017.

Either way, the lists still paint a fairly interesting portrait of the pop music landscape over the past decade, when gearing albums towards streaming arguably became top priority for many artists and their labels.

Take a look at the full lists – both for this year and the past decade – below. Check out the Spotify website for more insight and a nifty infographic.

RELATED: See The Songs And Artists You Played Most This Year (And Decade) With Spotify’s ‘Wrapped’ Function

Spotify’s Global Top Lists 2019:

Most-Streamed Artists
Post Malone
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Ed Sheeran
Bad Bunny

Most-Streamed Female Artists
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift
Camila Cabello

Most-Streamed Male Artists
Post Malone
Ed Sheeran
Bad Bunny
J Balvin

Most-Streamed Tracks
‘Señorita’ – Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
‘bad guy’ – Billie Eilish
‘Sunflower’ – Post Malone, Swae Lee
‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande
‘Old Town Road – Remix’ – Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus

Most-Streamed Albums
Hollywood’s Bleeding – Post Malone
thank u, next – Ariana Grande
No.6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Most-Streamed Podcasts
The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal
My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Gemischtes Hack
Fest & Flauschig
The Misfits Podcast

Most-Streamed Spotify Original Podcasts
The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Ma
Gemischtes Hack
Fest & Flauschig
Serial Killers
Herrengedeck – Der Podcast

“A Decade Wrapped” Spotify’s Top Lists 2010–2019

Most-Streamed Artists of the Decade (Global)
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
Ariana Grande

Most-Streamed Female Artists of the Decade (Global)
Ariana Grande
Taylor Swift

Most-Streamed Male Artists of the Decade (Global)
Ed Sheeran
Post Malone
The Weeknd

Most-Streamed Tracks of the Decade (Global)

‘Shape of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘One Dance’ – Drake, Kyla, WizKid
‘rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)’ – 21 Savage, Post Malone
‘Closer’ – Halsey, The Chainsmokers
‘Thinking out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran

Join Music Feeds on Facebook

Ingage unit

Monitoring string

monitoring_string = "5ddc797c5ea15f4a20f5b456893873a5"

Tracking script