News October 11, 2018

Spots before your eyes: Spotify celebrates 10th anniversary with all-time lists

Spots before your eyes: Spotify celebrates 10th anniversary with all-time lists
Image: Drake is Spotify's most-streamed artist

As part of its 10th-anniversary celebrations, Spotify has released a number of all-time streaming lists.

No surprise, that Drake, Ed Sheeran and Rihanna dominate most of them.

Spotify was developed in Stockholm, Sweden. The company was founded by Daniel Ek, former CTO of Stardoll, and Martin Lorentzon, co-founder of TradeDoubler.

The name came from a combination of “spot” and “identify”.

As of June 2018, it claims 180 million monthly active listeners across the 65 territories where it operates, 83 million subscribers and access to 35 million tracks.

It has over 3 billion user-created playlists and claims to have paid out US$11.5 billion to right holders in the last decade.

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

First 10 artists to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify

  • Rihanna (2013)
  • David Guetta (2013)
  • Eminem (2013)
  • Kanye West (2014)
  • Avicii (2014)
  • Coldplay (2014)
  • Jay-Z (2014)
  • Katy Perry (2014)
  • Drake (2014)
  • Pitbull (2014)

Spotify has identified over 2,000 genres on its platform – from Lovecraftian metal to Corsican folk and College Marching Band.

Top 10 breakdown by Genre:

  1. Pop: 803,672,382,499
  2. Dance pop: 558,630,414,214
  3. Pop rap: 406,236,388,136
  4. Post-teen pop: 336,695,790,832
  5. Rap: 336,624,155,014
  6. Hip-hop: 282,777,734,284
  7. Southern hip-hop: 280,201,813,287
  8. Trap music: 264,440,293,833
  9. Rock: 246,131,454,826
  10. R&B: 233,087,342,140

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