Here Are The Most Played Songs And Artists On Spotify For 2019 And The Past Decade
It’s been a big year in music. Granted, that’s something you could probably likely say each year, especially with their awards evenings promising some of pop culture’s biggest spats and “what did I just watch” moments. But with all due respect, 2019 has been instrumental for those in the music industry. It saw Scooter Braun acquire Big Machine Label Group and, with it, Taylor Swift’s catalogue, and then Kanye West came out and released Jesus Is King, a launch that coincided with an IMAX film and later, an opera piece.
It can be hard to keep track of everything unfolding in the industry, or even the albums we had on heavy rotation just last month. But thankfully Spotify Wrapped is doing the hard work for us. As end-of-year campaigns go, none are quite as personal as this because music as we all know, whilst universal, is also inherently subjective. There are the songs that make us move, songs that make us cry, and those that we play on the commute home as we gaze out of the moving train’s window – envisioning our life to be that of a character in a feature film, cue the pensive stare.
In keeping with the 10-year challenges and numerous throwbacks that are popping up with greater frequency over the last few weeks as we ready ourselves for a new decade, Spotify Wrapped serves as data on the decade in review. This includes insights not only in to what we were listening to for this time (and let us hope our weird Britney Spears phase doesn’t make an appearance on the list), but also what the world was listening to. From the most-streamed artists and songs of the decade, to the most-streamed albums, the list is all-encompassing and is based on the streaming habits of more than 248 million users around the world.
Given that Spotify remains the world’s most popular streaming service, if you’re the one tasked with curating that Christmas party playlist, you might want to factor in what’s popular right now. So, just what are the songs we’ve all be listening to?
Here are all the most-streamed artists, albums and songs according to Spotify Wrapped 2019.
Most-Streamed Music in 2019
Dividing the list into listening habits around the world, Spotify found that the most-listened to artist in the world was Post Malone, amassing more than 6.5 billion streams. Malone was followed by Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Bad Bunny. This closely reflects (somewhat unsurprisingly) the most-streamed albums around the world, a list topped by Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, followed by Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, Ariana Grande’s thank u, next, Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project, and Shawn Mendes’ self-titled album.
Most-Streamed Podcasts of 2019
The phrase, “I should start a podcast” seems to be thrown around at whim these days as everyone believes their banter to be HIGH-larious and their voice that of their generation. Don’t take our word for it? Just look at the growth of podcasts. With more than 500,000 titles available on Spotify alone, the podcast audience on the streaming platform has grown by more than 50 per cent since the start of the year. There’s also been a 39 per cent increase in podcast hours consumed by listeners quarter over quarter.
So, what were we all listening to then? The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal took out the top spot. This also proved to be the most consumed podcast of 2019, followed by Serial Killers, Science Vs, Reply All and The Clearing.
Most-Streamed Artists of the Decade
Dominating this last decade with chart-topping albums, singles and hits securing coveted top spots on music charts around the world, is Drake. By taking out the top spot, it’s clear that Drake has created hip-hop for the masses, inflecting his tunes with soul and lyrical melodies that appeal to a wider audience than most hip-hop artists alone are able to do. Add to that the fact that the artist regularly contributes with other notable names in the industry, and even recorded a video clip for “Nice For What” that featured a slew of entertainment, film, and sport’s most notable female stars, and it becomes apparent that this is a man who knows how to generate greater engagement around his music.
He’s honed his skills as a hook writer and regularly nabs the No.1 spot for his singles upon release. Rounding out the list of most-streamed artists of the decade are Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Eminem. The top five female artists were Grande, followed by Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sia, and Beyonce.
Most-Streamed Songs of the Decade
When it comes to the songs that dominated the streaming service, one artist in particular stands out from the crowd. It won’t be a surprise to many, but Ed Sheeran took out the top spot with “Shape of You” fetching more than 2.3 billion streams. Sheeran proves that he is deserving of the top spot, with over half a billion streams between him and his biggest competition – Canadian crooner Drake – whose “One Dance” with Kyla and WizKid following behind.
“Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” by Post Malone came in after, followed by “Closer” by The Chainsmokers with Halsey, and “Thinking out Loud” by Ed Sheeran rounding out the top five. From the list, it’s clear that male artists still dominate the charts and streaming sites around the world, with Halsey being the only woman to make it into the top five of most-streamed songs of the decade. It’s a somewhat surprising feat, given just how talented female music acts in the industry are, including Taylor Swift who was recently crowned Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards.
Most-Streamed Songs of 2019
And while they might not have racked up quite as many streams as Ed Sheeran’s songs, the most-streamed song of 2019 was “Senorita” by Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, which scored more than one billion streams. Following closely behind was Billie Eilish with “Bad Guy” which amassed 990 million streams. “Sunflower,” Post Malone’s collaboration with Sawe Lee from the film Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse took out the third spot on the list, while Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” followed behind. Closing out the list was Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus with “Old Town Road – Remix” as the fifth most-streamed track of the year.