You Won’t Believe Who The Most Popular Artist On Spotify Was This Year



Though it may come as a surprise, Drake is the most streamed artist in the world on Spotify in 2015 with 46 million listeners and more than 1.8bn streams. He took the title of the most popular musician on Spotify, beating Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd, Maroon 5 and Kanye West, who are also among the top 5 most streamed male artists this year.

Even though Ed Sheeran hasn’t released any new material this year, the English singer/songwriter is the most popular artist in the United Kingdom with more than 59 million listens. What’s more, Ed is also the most streamed artist on Spotify ever. He beat Eminem, taking over Spotify’s throne with over 3bn streams up till now. As far as the ladies are concerned, Rihanna is definitely the winner of Spotify in 2015. With more than 1bn streams and 57 million listens, she is the most streamed female musician of the year.

And if you thought Justin Bieber didn’t find his way to the top, you were very much mistaken. The teenage heartthrob set a record for most streams in 24 hours with a whopping 36 million streams on November 13, 2015. However, his ultra-popular tracks ‘’What Do You Mean’’ and ‘’Where Are You Now’’ are not the most streamed songs of the year. To everyone’s surprise, that honor goes to ‘’Lean On,’’ featuring MØ and DJ Snake, by Major Lazer.

The most streamed album is The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness with more than 60 million listens. It seems that even The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye wasn’t expecting this, although he was more than pleased to hear the good news. Here’s what he said: ”It’s been an insane year working with some really talented people. Thank you to the fans on Spotify for making Beauty Behind the Madness the most streamed album of 2015.”

Spotify boasts more than 75 million listeners streaming more than 20bn hours of music, according to their annual Year in Music lists.

Top 5 Global Male Artists

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. The Weeknd
  4. Maroon 5
  5. Kanye West

Top 5 Global Female Artists

  1. Rihanna
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Nicki Minaj
  4. Beyoncé
  5. Ellie Goulding

Top 5 Global Tracks

  1. “Lean On” (feat. MØ & DJ Snake) – Major Lazer
  2. “Cheerleader”– Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit – OMI
  3. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson
  4. “See You Again” (feat. Charlie Puth) – Wiz Khalifa
  5. “Love Me Like You Do” –  Ellie Goulding

Top 5 Global Albums 

  1. Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd
  2. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake
  3. Peace Is The Mission – Major Lazer
  4. Stories – Avicii
  5. Title – Meghan Trainor

Top 5 Global Viral Tracks

  1. “Sugar” (feat. Francesco Yates) – Robin Schulz
  2. “Hotline Bling” – Drake
  3. “Ain’t Nobody”  – Felix Jaehn
  4. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
  5. “Here” – Alessia Cara


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