Post Malone is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the year, but the decade belongs to Drake

Spotify looks back at the year—and the decade—for its most-streamed artists.

Post Malone is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the year, but the decade belongs to Drake
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The numbers are in and, according to Spotify, 2019 may have belonged to Post Malone—but Drake took the decade.


When Spotify released its year-end streaming numbers, Post Malone took the top spot in 2019 with more than 6.5 billion global streams. Billie Eilish (6 billion), Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Bad Bunny round out the top-five most-streamed artists.

With 28 billion streams over the past 10 years, Drake is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the decade, followed by Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Eminem.

Spotify didn’t provide complete streaming numbers for artists.


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Interestingly enough, Lil Nas X’s seemingly unstoppable bop “Old Town Road” came in at No. 5 of 2019’s most-streamed tracks. Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’s “Señorita” came in at No. 1 with 1 billion streams, followed by Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” (990 million), Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower,” and Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.”

Spotify also released numbers on its podcasting efforts: There are currently more than 500,000 podcast titles on its platform (Apple reportedly has more than 750,000), and Spotify’s podcast audience has grown 50% since the start of the year. It’s also seen a 39% increase in podcast hours consumed quarter over quarter. Spotify’s most-streamed podcasts are The Joe Budden Podcast, My Favorite Murder, Gemischtes Hack, Fest & Flauschig, and The Misfits Podcast.

Read all of Spotify’s most-streamed artists, albums, and tracks below:


Most-streamed artists

  1. Post Malone
  2. Billie Eilish
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Ed Sheeran
  5. Bad Bunny

Most-streamed tracks

  1. “Señorita”: Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
  2. “Bad Guy”: Billie Eilish
  3. “Sunflower”: Post Malone, Swae Lee
  4. “7 Rings”: Ariana Grande
  5. “Old Town Road—Remix”: Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus

Most-streamed albums

  1. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?: Billie Eilish
  2. Hollywood’s Bleeding: Post Malone
  3. Thank U, Next: Ariana Grande
  4. No.6 Collaborations Project: Ed Sheeran
  5. Shawn Mendes: Shawn Mendes

Most-streamed female artists

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Camila Cabello
  5. Halsey

Most-streamed male artists

  1. Post Malone
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Bad Bunny
  4. Khalid
  5. J Balvin

Most-streamed artists of the decade (global)

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Eminem

Most-streamed female artists of the decade (global)

  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Rihanna
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Sia
  5. Beyoncé

Most Streamed Male Artists of the Decade (global)

  1. Drake
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Post Malone
  4. Eminem
  5. The Weeknd

Most-streamed tracks of the decade (global)

  1. “Shape of You”: Ed Sheeran
  2. “One Dance”: Drake, Kyla, WizKid
  3. “Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)”: 21 Savage, Post Malone
  4. “Closer”: Halsey, the Chainsmokers
  5. “Thinking Out Loud”: Ed Sheeran

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