Spotify Releases Data on Most-Streamed Music and Artists of the Decade

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A lot has happened in the world of music in the past decade: Taylor Swift, a magnet for headlines of all kinds, established herself as one of the most successful artists of all time; Miley Cyrus shocked audiences while performing with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards; Beyoncé and Jay-Z solidified their status as the music world’s mightiest power couple; and we said goodbye to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Chris Cornell, Tom Petty, George Michael, Mac Miller, Natalie Cole, Prince, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, among others.

Spotify’s "A Decade Wrapped" functions as a sort of trip down a 2010s-inspired musical memory lane, showcasing the most streamed artists and songs of the decade.

Although topping the list of most streamed artists of 2019, Post Malone falls to the number three spot when measured against ten years worth of music. Interestingly enough, only one woman appears on the top five most streamed artists of the decade ranking: Ariana Grande.

When only focusing on women, Grande’s number one is followed by Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sia and Beyoncé, whose entire catalogue is not even available on the platform.

In terms of specific songs, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was the most streamed throughout the 2010s. Sheeran, the second most streamed artist of the decade, is also the only musician appearing twice on the top-songs list (his "Thinking Out Loud" comes in at number five).

Below, find all the rankings.

Most-Streamed Artists of the Decade:

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

Most-Streamed Female Artists of the Decade:

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

Most-Streamed Male Artists of the Decade:

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

Most-Streamed Tracks of the Decade:

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

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A lot has happened in the world of music in the past decade: Taylor Swift, a magnet for headlines of all kinds, established herself as one of the most successful artists of all time; Miley Cyrus shocked audiences while performing with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards; Beyoncé and Jay-Z solidified their status as the music world’s mightiest power couple; and we said goodbye to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Chris Cornell, Tom Petty, George Michael, Mac Miller, Natalie Cole, Prince, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, among others.

Spotify’s "A Decade Wrapped" functions as a sort of trip down a 2010s-inspired musical memory lane, showcasing the most streamed artists and songs of the decade.

Although topping the list of most streamed artists of 2019, Post Malone falls to the number three spot when measured against ten years worth of music. Interestingly enough, only one woman appears on the top five most streamed artists of the decade ranking: Ariana Grande.

When only focusing on women, Grande’s number one is followed by Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sia and Beyoncé, whose entire catalogue is not even available on the platform.

In terms of specific songs, Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" was the most streamed throughout the 2010s. Sheeran, the second most streamed artist of the decade, is also the only musician appearing twice on the top-songs list (his "Thinking Out Loud" comes in at number five).

Below, find all the rankings.

Most-Streamed Artists of the Decade:

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

Most-Streamed Female Artists of the Decade:

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

Most-Streamed Male Artists of the Decade:

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

Most-Streamed Tracks of the Decade:

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

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