SPOTIFY REVEALS 2018’S BIGGEST ARTISTS, ALBUMS, SONGS AND TRENDS

SPOTIFY REVEALS 2018’S BIGGEST ARTISTS, ALBUMS, SONGS AND TRENDS

Spotify reveals its annual Year in Music top lists, showing the top artists, albums, tracks, and moments that made 2018 an amazing year for music fans; a year that has cemented rap and hip-hop’s dominance, represented heavily in top lists across the globe.

Drake has taken out the global treble for most-streamed artist, most-streamed album, and most-streamed track. With 8.2 billion streams in 2018 alone, the Canadian rapper is now Spotify’s most-streamed artist of all time. His album ‘Scorpion’ and song “God’s Plan” took the top slots in their categories—with “God’s Plan” bringing in more than 1 billion streams.

Locally though, Kiwis preferred Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” (the second most-streamed album worldwide) over ‘Scorpion’, to take out the most-streamed album of the year in New Zealand.

After a truly momentous year, Ariana Grande takes out the top spot as Spotify’s most-streamed female artist, both in New Zealand and globally. Grande released her hotly anticipated fourth album, ‘Sweetener’, had numerous charting singles, and her latest single “thank u, next” is a certified smash. Grande’s music streamed more than 3 billion times in 2018.

Dua Lipa and Cardi B join the ranks of the most-streamed female artists, alongside longtime top list regulars Taylor Swift and Rihanna.

Six60 took out the title as most streamed New Zealand artist of the year on home soil, with Lorde crowned as the top streamed local female artist in New Zealand. Hot on their heels were Kiwi locals Katchafire, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Sons of Zion.  

For a full summary of the Global and New Zealand top lists, please see below.

Can’t get enough of the chart toppers? Check out our lists of the top artists, songs, albums, groups, podcasts, and more below—and don’t forget to tune in on December 6 to the Wrapped microsite to see your personal favourites and top-streamed tracks, and receive a playlist based on your tastes.

SPOTIFY’S GLOBAL TOP LISTS 2018:

Most-Streamed Artists

  1. Drake
  2. Post Malone
  3. XXXTENTACION
  4. J Balvin
  5. Ed Sheeran*

*Ed Sheeran was the top-streamed artist in 2017

Most-Streamed Female Artists

  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Dua Lipa
  3. Cardi B
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Camila Cabello

Most-Streamed Tracks

  1. God’s Plan – Drake
  2. SAD! – XXXTENTACION
  3. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) – Post Malone
  4. Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
  5. In My Feelings – Drake

Most-Streamed Albums

  1. Scorpion – Drake
  2. beerbongs & bentleys – Post Malone
  3. ? – XXXTENTACION
  4. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  5. ÷ – Ed Sheeran*

*Ed Sheeran’s ÷ was the top album in 2017

SPOTIFY TOP LISTS, NEW ZEALAND:

Most-Streamed New Zealand Artists

  1. Six60
  2. Lorde
  3. Katchafire
  4. Fat Freddy’s Drop
  5. Sons of Zion
  6. Drax Project
  7. Stan Walker
  8. Mitch James
  9. The Black Seeds
  10. Kings

Most-Streamed Albums

  1. Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
  2. Drake, Scorpion
  3. Ed Sheeran, ÷
  4. XXXTENTACION, ?
  5. Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa

Most-Streamed Collaborations

  1. Post Malone, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  2. Normani, Khalid, Love Lies
  3. Post Malone, rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)
  4. Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
  5. SZA, Kendrick Lamar, All The Stars

Most-Streamed O&O Playlists

  1. Today’s Top Hits
  2. Hot Hits Australia
  3. Hot Hits New Zealand
  4. Songs to Sing in the Car
  5. Morning Motivation

Most-Streamed Tracks By Age Group

0 – 17 YO

  1. XXXTENTACION, SAD!
  2. Drake, God’s Plan
  3. Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  4. XXXTENTACION, Jocelyn Flores
  5. Juice WRLD, Lucid Dreams

18 – 24 YO

  1. Drake, God’s Plan
  2. Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  3. XXXTENTACION, SAD!
  4. Normani, Khalid, Love Lies
  5. Post Malone, I Fall Apart

25 – 29 YO

  1. Drake, God’s Plan
  2. Normani, Khalid, Love Lies
  3. Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  4. Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
  5. Drake, Nice For What

30 – 34 YO

  1. littleONES, Baby Sleep Shhh: The Perfect Settling Tool for Babies!
  2. White Noise For Baby Sleep, White Noise Machine: a Lite Sleep Pillow Ambiance
  3. Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
  4. Drake, God’s Plan
  5. Normani, Khalid, Love Lies

35 – 44 YO

  1. Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
  2. Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
  3. 5 Seconds of Summer, Youngblood
  4. Young Thug, Camila Cabello, Havana
  5. Drake, God’s Plan

45 – 54 YO

  1. Drake, God’s Plan
  2. 5 Seconds of Summer, Youngblood
  3. Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
  4. Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
  5. Young Thug, Camila Cabello, Havana

55+ YO

  1. Drake, God’s Plan
  2. Ed Sheeran, Perfect
  3. Fleetwood Mac, Dreams – 2004 Remastered Edition
  4. Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
  5. Elton John, Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)

Most-Streamed Viral Tracks

  1. Dennis Lloyd, Nevermind
  2. Dynoro, In My Mind
  3. 5 Seconds of Summer, Youngblood
  4. Dean Lewis, Be Alright
  5. Jess Glynne, I’ll Be There

Most-Streamed Spotify Singles

  1. Harry Styles, Girl Crush – Recorded at Metropolis Studios, London
  2. Charlotte Lawrence, Psychopath – Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC
  3. Ed Sheeran, ..Baby One More Time – Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC
  4. Ed Sheeran, Castle on the Hill- Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC
  5. Kaleo,  All The Pretty Girls – Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC

Most ‘Followed’ Artists

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Six60
  3. Post Malone
  4. Eminem
  5. Drake

Mood By Age

  • 13 – 19 YO – Lit mood
  • 20 – 29 YO – Happy mood
  • 30 – 39 YO – Happy mood
  • 40 – 49 YO – Happy mood
  • 50 – 59 YO – Happy mood
  • 60 – 69 YO – Happy mood
  • 70 – 79 YO – Happy mood
  • 80 – 89 YO – Lit mood
  • 90 – 99 YO – Mellow mood

Most-Streamed K-POP Tracks

  1. BTS, FAKE LOVE
  2. BTS, DNA
  3. BTS, MIC Drop (feat. Desiigner) [Steve Aoki]
  4. BLACKPINK, DDU-DU DDU-DU – KR Ver.
  5. BTS, Blood Sweat & Tears

Most ‘Hearted’ On Platform

  1. Drake, God’s Plan
  2. Post Malone, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  3. Post Malone, Better Now
  4. Drake, Nice For What
  5. Post Malone, rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)

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