Drake, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna Dominate Spotify's All-Time Streaming Lists

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Drake performs at United Center on Aug. 17, 2018 in Chicago.

Drake, the hip-hop star and sometime actor who was named the top recording artist on the planet for 2016, can add Spotify’s all-time streaming honor to his resume.  

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the music streaming giant has crunched the numbers on the most-popular artists and songs on its platform. In a surprise to noone, Drizzy comes out on top as its most-streamed artist of all time, ahead of Ed Sheeran, Eminem, The Weeknd and Rihanna, while Sheeran and Rihanna bag titles of their own. 

The Canadian artist already holds the record for the largest single-week ever for an album in the United States, with Scorpion, which bowed with 745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks earlier this year. And early last year, the Toronto native was crowned the IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2016, an honor which recognizes the top artist across physical sales, downloads and streaming.


Sheeran and Drake trade places on Spotify's list for most-streamed songs of all time, with the British singer-songwriter’s hit “Shape Of You” topping the survey ahead of Drake’s “One Dance” and The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” featuring Halsey. Another Sheeran track makes the list, “Thinking Out Loud” coming in at No. 5. 

There’s another prize for Sheeran in the category of most-streamed album of all time, his 2017 blockbuster Divide ruling as Spotify’s most-streamed albums globally, ahead of Justin Bieber’s Purpose and Drake’s Views. Meanwhile, Rihanna is the undisputed Queen of Spotify, leading the list of most-streamed female artists globally ahead of Ariana Grande, Sia, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj.

And in an update on its user base, Spotify now claims 180 million monthly active listeners across the 65 territories where it operates. That’s up from an active user base of about 140 million, as at June, though the tech giant didn’t share new figures on its paid users. 

Since opening for business in October 2008, Daniel Ek’s on-demand brand has paid over €10 billion ($11.5 billion) to rights holders, and currently boasts a licensed library of more than 10 million songs and upwards of 3 billion user-created playlists. The company debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in April of this year via an unconventional “direct listing”.

Check out Spotify’s all-time top 10 lists below.

Top-streamed artists of all time:
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Eminem
The Weeknd 
Rihanna 
Kanye West 
Coldplay
Justin Bieber
Calvin Harris
Ariana Grande
 
Most-streamed songs of all time:
Ed Sheeran – “Shape Of You'”
Drake – “One Dance”
The Chainsmokers, Halsey – “Closer”
Post Malone – “rockstar” (feat. 21 Savage)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Major Lazer, MØ, DJ Snake – “Lean On” 
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber – “Despacito - Remix'”
Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
The Chainsmokers – “Don't Let Me Down”

Most-streamed albums globally
Ed Sheeran – Divide
Justin Bieber – Purpose
Drake – Views 
Ed Sheeran – Multiply
Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys
The Weeknd – Starboy
Drake – Scorpion 
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
Post Malone – Stoney
Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Most-streamed female artists globally
Rihanna
Ariana Grande
Sia
Beyoncé
Nicki Minaj
Adele
Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez
Katy Perry
Shakira


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