Spotify reveals most-streamed artists and songs of the decade

Newcomers Billie Eilish and Lewis Capaldi topped 2019 lists

Spotify has revealed its biggest artists and songs of the last decade, with Drake and Ed Sheeran coming in as the most-streamed acts of the 2010s.

Drake and Sheeran hold the Number 1 and Number 2 spots respectively as the streaming platform’s most-listened-to acts of the last 10 years. They’re followed by Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Eminem in the Top 5.

On the most-streamed tracks run-down, Sheeran takes the crown from Drake due to ‘Shape Of You’ clocking up a whopping 2.4 billion streams, overtaking the 1.7 billion hits held by the Canadian artist’s ‘One Dance’.


Sheeran’s 2014 single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ also appears (Number 5), as does The Chainsmokers‘ ‘Closer’ (Number 4) and Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ (Number 3).

As for 2019, the ‘Castle On The Hill’ singer reigns as the UK’s most-streamed act. This year’s biggest songs come from Lewis Capaldi‘s ‘Someone You Loved’ (Number 1) and Billie Eilish‘s ‘Bad Guy’ (Number 2).

Eilish also bagged the most-listened-to album of 2019 globally with her debut LP, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?‘. Lewis Capaldi, meanwhile, tops the UK’s biggest albums list with his first record, ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent‘.

See the full Spotify lists below:

Most-streamed artists of the 2010s

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

Most-streamed songs of the 2010s

  1. ‘Shape Of You’ – Ed Sheeran
  2. ‘One Dance’ – Drake
  3. ‘Rockstar’ – Post Malone
  4. ‘Closer’ – The Chainsmokers
  5. ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran

UK’s most-streamed artists of 2019

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

Most-streamed artists of 2019 (Global)

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

UK’s most-streamed songs of 2019


1. ‘Someone You Loved’ – Lewis Capaldi
2. ‘Bad Guy’ – Billie Eilish
3. ‘I Don’t Care’ – Ed Sheeran
4. ‘Vossi Bop’ – Stormzy
5. ‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande

Most-streamed songs of 2019 (Global)

1. ‘Senorita’ – Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes
2. ‘Bad Guy’ – Billie Eilish
3. ‘Sunflower’ – Post Malone
4. ‘7 Rings’ – Ariana Grande
5. ‘Old Town Road’ – Lil Nas X

UK’s most-streamed albums of 2019

1. ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ – Lewis Capaldi
2. ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ – Ed Sheeran
3. ‘When We All Fall Asleep…’ – Billie Eilish
4. ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’ – Post Malone
5. ‘Thank U, Next’ – Ariana Grande

Most-streamed albums of 2019 (Global)

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

It has been noted that new artists’ dominance in Spotify’s end of decade charts is a result of the music platforms huge rise in popularity since 2009. 10 years ago the service had only 7 million users compared to today’s 248 million active members.

Apple Music and Amazon, meanwhile, are expected to share their own lists later this month.



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