Drake, Cardi B, & Post Malone Amongst Spotify’s Most Streamed Acts Of 2018

Published: Tuesday 4th Dec 2018 by TGJ Staff

As two of music’s most notable names, Drake and Cardi B have dominated the airwaves and streaming landscape for much of 2018.

It’s fitting then they rank high on one of the year’s most coveted tallies.

Spotify have unveiled their end of the year list, and unsurprisingly it’s Drizzy, Belcalis, and Post Malone sitting atop of several categories – with the Canadian MC leading the collective pack.

Details below…

Accumulating a mammoth 8.2 billion streams, the rapper has not only been named the platform’s most streamed artist of the year, but also Spotify’s most streamed artist of all time. Furthermore, the performer’s releases ‘Gods’s Plan’ and ‘Scorpion’ have been named Most Streamed Single, and Album of the year respectively.

Also making the Top 5 counts are Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran. Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, and Cardi B have been are amongst the top streamed females with Lipa’s debut album also making the Most- Streamed albums list.

Peep the full list below…

Spotify’s Global Top Lists 2018:
Most-Streamed Artists: Global

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

Most-Streamed Female Artists: Global

1. Ariana Grande
2. Dua Lipa
3. Cardi B
4. Taylor Swift
5. Camila Cabello
Most-Streamed Tracks: Global

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: Global

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

Most-Streamed Groups: Global

1. Imagine Dragons
2. BTS
3. Maroon 5
4. Migos
5. Coldplay

Most-Followed Playlists: Global

1. Today’s Top Hits
2. RapCaviar
3. ¡Viva Latino!
4. Baila Reggaeton
5. Songs to Sing in the Car

Genres That Grew the Most in 2018: Global

1. EMO Rap
2. Lo-fi Beats
3. Deep Talent Show
4. Ringtone
5. Brega Funk

Most Streamed Artist: UK  

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

Most streamed female artist: UK

1. Dua Lipa
2. Ariana Grande
3. Jess Glynne
4. Rihanna
5. Anne-Marie
Most streamed track: UK

1. God’s Plan – Drake
2. One Kiss (with Dua Lipa) – Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris
3. Nice for What – Drake
4. Shotgun – George Ezra
5. These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore, Dan Caplan) – Rudimental, Jess Glynne, Macklemore

Most streamed album: UK
1. Drake – Scorpion
2. Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys
3. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
4. Ed Sheeran – ÷
5. George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s
Most popular Spotify playlists by followers:

1. Hot Hits UK
2. Today’s Top Hits
3. Massive Dance Hits
4. #ThrowbackThursday
5. Every UK Number One: 2018


A big congratulations to all who made the tally.

With streaming the now the primary consumption medium, it will be interesting to see how these artists (and others) hold up in the ever competitive climate.

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  1. ??? December 4, 2018

    lmaooo why is dummi b mentioned when she’s not #1 or #2 and hasnt even sold 250k albums after all of her ratchet hype? lmfaooooo

    • titi December 4, 2018

      Why did your mom have a hater child like you and not dumb you like she did you bum father!

      Hate gets you nowhere looser!

    • Anyway December 4, 2018

      You sound stupid AF!! First she didn’t sell 200K, now she surpassed that and you’re hollaring 250K. Girl get help. We are in a streaming era! Meanwhile her album is eligible for triple platinum in the US, and your beloved diaper booty h0£ is out here struggling! Girl the joke writes itself. ???

  2. The Wig Snatcher December 4, 2018

    The real Queen of 2017,18,19,20, etc is Belcalis!!!

  3. Beam Me Up Scotty December 4, 2018

    why is everyone ok with the fact that Cardi B is doing better than every female? All anyone brings up is Nicki Minaj, but what about the other females? I know there are other stans on here.

  4. Datredd23 December 4, 2018

    Rihanna still being in the top 10 of both us and uk with no music since 2016 slay!

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