New York, NY (December 6, 2019) — Spotify has released its top streamers for the year — and the decade — offer an insight into the world’s musical tastes, with Post Malone, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande topping the most-streamed artist category on the company’s Wrapped 2019 list.
Post Malone was the top streaming artist globally in 2019 with over 6.5 billion streams. This marks his debut atop Spotify’s Wrapped list, a position achieved barely three months after releasing his Hollywood’s Bleeding album — which, incidentally, is the second most-streamed album worldwide this year. His contribution to the Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse film, “Sunflower,” a collaboration with Swae Lee, was the third-most streamed song for 2019.
Billie Eilish, a six-time Grammy nominee this year, sped past six billion streams to pick up second place. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was the most-streamed album release of the year, making her the first female artist to top that category on the Wrapped list, according to Spotify. The single “Bad Guy” was the second-most streamed song of the year.
Rounding out the top three thanks to her thank u, next album, Ariana Grande came in fourth on the most-streamed track list with “7 rings.” Grande has had a strong top 10 showing for two consecutive years on Spotify’s Wrapped list.
Grande also took top spot on the most-streamed female artists of the decade global list, beating out Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Sia and Beyoncé. As for the global most-streamed male artists of the decade ranking, Drake took the crown followed by Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Eminem and The Weeknd.
Worldwide, the most-streamed tracks of the decade were “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran; “One Dance” by Drake, Kyla and WizKid; “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” by 21 Savage and Post Malone; “Closer” by Halsey and The Chainsmokers; and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud.”
The number one most-streamed track for 2019 was “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello with more than one billion streams, followed by the aforementioned tracks by Eilish, Post Malone and Grande. Completing the top five were Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus with “Old Town Road – Remix.”
As for podcasts, comedy was the most-streamed category. The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal topped both the most-streamed and most-streamed Spotify original podcast categories worldwide. Two of the most-streamed and three of the most-streamed Spotify original podcasts were German language: Gemischtes Hack, Fest & Flauschig and Herrengedeck – Der Podcast.
This has been a big year for podcasts according to Spotify, which reports it has grown its podcast audience by 50% and now has more than 500,000 podcast titles available. The company also says that there has been a 39% increase in podcast hours consumed by listeners quarter over quarter.