Spotify reveals most-streamed artists of 2018

Amanda Briggs | Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Spotify reveals most-streamed artists of 2018

Music streaming service Spotify has revealed the most-streamed artists, tracks, and albums of 2018.

2018 unquestionably belongs to Drake, who has been smashing Spotify records all year following the release of his album, ‘Scorpion’, making him the most streamed artist both in the UK and globally. His album ‘Scorpion’ was the most streamed album of the year, both in the UK and globally, and ‘God’s Plan’ was the most streamed track of 2018 both in the UK and globally with over 1.1bn streams.

Ariana Grande’s 49 million plus monthly listeners drove her to become Spotify’s most-streamed female artist of 2018, following in the footsteps of three-time winner Rihanna. She had a number of hits throughout the year, including her fourth album ‘Sweetener’ and her recent single ‘thank u, next’.

Dua Lipa also had an amazing 2018, breaking a number of records on Spotify, and making her the second most-streamed female of 2018 globally, and the most streamed female in the UK. Her track ‘One Kiss’ with Calvin Harris was the UK’s second most-streamed track of the year behind ‘God’s Plan’, and the album ‘Dua Lipa’ was the third most streamed album of the year in the UK (4th globally), behind ‘Scorpion’ and Post Malone’s ‘beerbongs & bentleys’.

Even without an album release in 2018, Ed Sheeran - 2017’s most streamed artist - was still the most streamed British artist in the world, and the fifth most-streamed artist of the year overall.

Visit the Spotify Wrapped microsite from 6 December to see your personal favourites and most-streamed tracks.