Spotify released its annual Year in Music top lists on Tuesday — revealing the artists and songs that were the most popular with music fans around the world in 2015.
This year, more music was listened to by more music fans than ever before around the world, with over 75 million listeners enjoying over 20 billion hours of music and with over 2 billion playlists now created. Fans also discovered more new music and artists this year: streams of Spotify’s Discover Weekly personalised playlists, which are refreshed to Spotify users every Monday, reached 1.7 billion streams in 5 months.
Spotify’s Global Year in Music 2015
Most Streamed Artist of 2015: Drake
Drake is the world’s most streamed artist of 2015 with over 1.8 billion streams this year and 46 million listeners, beating Ed Sheeran, last year’s most streamed artist.
Most Streamed Female of 2015: Rihanna
With over 1 billion streams and 57 million listeners this year, Rihanna is 2015’s most streamed female artist.
Most Streams in a Single Day: Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber set a record with the most streams in a single day of all time with 36 million streams on November 13.
Most Streamed Song of 2015: Lean On (ft. MØ and DJ Snake) by Major Lazer
Lean On (ft. MØ and DJ Snake) by Major Lazer is the most streamed song of 2015, Spotify users listened to it over 540 million times this year. This popular track also ranks as the most streamed song of all time on Spotify.
Most Streamed Album of 2015: The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
The Weeknd’s 60 million listeners made Beauty Behind The Madness the most streamed album of the year. Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late comes in at #2.
Most Streamed Artist of All Time: Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is now the most streamed artist of all time on Spotify, with more than 3 billion streams to date, and with over 59 million listeners this year.
Breakout Artist of 2015: Kygo
Norwegian DJ and producer, Kygo, is crowned breakout artist of the year, becoming the first Spotlight artist to reach 1 billion streams, with hits including Firestone and Stole the Show.
Most Viral Track of 2015: Sugar (ft. Francesco Yates) by Robin Schulz
Robin Schulz’s Sugar (ft. Francesco Yates) is the most viral track of the year, appearing on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart 55 times this year. Drake’s Hotline Bling is #2.
Top Five Global Artists
Top Five Global Males
Top Five Global Females
Top Five Global Tracks
Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake) – Major Lazer
Cheerleader – Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit – OMI
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth) – Wiz Khalifa
Love Me Like You Do – From “Fifty Shades Of Grey” – Ellie Goulding
Top Five Global Albums
Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – Drake
Peace Is The Mission – Major Lazer
Stories – Avicii
Title – Meghan Trainor
Top Five Global Viral Tracks
Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates) – Robin Schulz
Hotline Bling – Drake
Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) – Felix Jaehn
Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
Here – Alessia Cara