News December 4, 2018

Revealed: 5SOS & Vance Joy a hit with Aussie Spotify users

Revealed: 5SOS & Vance Joy a hit with Aussie Spotify users

As draws to a close, is issuing data on what made Australian – and global – music fans rate on the click-o-meter.

2018 saw Aussies love of country music skyrocket them to third place, just behind the US and Canada.

2018 is arguably the year of urban music, with rap and hip hop taking out top honours on Spotify’s 2018 top lists.

Drake has taken out the global treble for the most-streamed artist, most-streamed album, and most-streamed track.

With 8.2 billion streams in 2018 alone, the Canadian rapper is now Spotify’s most-streamed artist of all time.

Five Seconds of Summer saw ‘Youngblood’ take out #2 spot, after Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dream’ was the most most streamed song for 55+ year olds.

The three most popular playlists for Aussies were Hot Hits Australia, Today’s Top Hits and Morning Motivation.

The full list from Spotify is:

Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2018: Drake

Most-Streamed Album: Drake, Scorpion

Most-Streamed Track: Drake, “God’s Plan”

Most-Streamed Female: Ariana Grande

Most-Streamed Aussie Track: 5SOS, “Youngblood” (24th most streamed track, globally)

Most-Streamed Aussie Artists: Sia, 5SOS, AC/DC, Troye Sivan, Hugh Jackman


Most-Streamed Artist: Drake

Most-Streamed Album: Post Malone, “beerbongs & bentleys”

Most-Streamed Track: Drake, “God’s Plan”

Most-Streamed Australian Artist: 5SOS

Most-Streamed Australian track: 5SOS, “Youngblood”

Most-Streamed Australian Females: Sia, Julia Stone, Amy

Shark, Tash Sultana, Vera Blue

Tasmanians have bucked the Drake trend to crown ‘Youngblood’ their number one streamed track ahead of Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’, which reigned supreme in every other state and territory.

Globally, our top five Aussies are an eclectic mix of pop, rock, and showtunes; Sia, 5SOS, AC/DC, Troye Sivan, and Hugh Jackman, proving popular with Spotify’s global audience.

“Unsurprisingly, rap and hip-hop have dominated the top lists in 2018,” says Alicia Sbrugnera, head of shows & editorial AUNZ.

”Excitingly, this global trend is paving the way for an exciting emerging scene to explode and resonate with a much wider audience for artists like Manu Crooks, Triple One, Kwame and The Kid Laroi.”

She adds, “We are also so excited that Aussie artists like 5SOS, Vance Joy, and Dean Lewis are being supported heavily by a homegrown audience, as well as finding audiences across the globe via Spotify.”


Most-Streamed Artists


Post Malone



Ed Sheeran

Most-Streamed Australian Artists


Vance Joy


Sticky Fingers

Dean Lewis

Angus & Julia Stone

Troye Sivan

Peking Duk

Hilltop Hoods

Amy Shark

Most-Streamed Tracks

Drake, God’s Plan

5SOS, Youngblood

Post Malone, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

Post Malone, Better Now

Post Malone, I Fall Apart

Most-Streamed Australian Tracks

5SOS, Youngblood

Dean Lewis, Be Alright

PNAU, Go Bang

Angus & Julia Stone, Chateau

Peking Duk, Fire

Most-Streamed Female Artists

Ariana Grande

Taylor Swift

Dua Lipa



Most-Streamed Australian Female Artists


Julia Stone (of Angus & Julia Stone)

Amy Shark

Tash Sultana

Vera Blue

Most-Streamed Albums

Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys

Drake, Scorpion

Ed Sheeran, ÷


Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa

Most-Streamed Collaborations

Post Malone, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

Normani, Khalid, Love Lies

Post Malone, rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)

SZA, Kendrick Lamar, All The Stars

benny blanco, Eastside (with Halsey & Khalid)

Most-Streamed Spotify Playlists

Hot Hits Australia

Today’s Top Hits

Morning Motivation


Chilled Hits

Most-Streamed Tracks, 55+ YO

Fleetwood Mac, Dreams – 2004 Remastered Edition

Elton John, Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)

George Harrison, My Sweet Lord

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Ed Sheeran, Shape of You

Most-Viral Tracks

Viral charts are based on plays and shares.

Dennis Lloyd, Nevermind

5 Seconds of Summer, Youngblood

Dynoro, In My Mind

Panic! At The Disco, High Hopes

Jonas Blue, Rise

Most-Streamed Spotify Singles

Charlotte Lawrence, Psychopath – Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC

Harry Styles, Girl Crush – Recorded at Metropolis Studios, London

Ed Sheeran, ..Baby One More Time – Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC

Ed Sheeran, Castle on the Hill- Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC

Taylor Swift, September – Recorded at The Tracking Room Nashville

Most ‘Followed’ Artists

Ed Sheeran

Bruno Mars



Taylor Swift

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