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Drake is World’s most streamed artist on Spotify for 2015

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.

Global Results

Top Five Global Artists


Ed Sheeran

The Weeknd

Maroon 5

Kanye West

Top Five Global Males


Ed Sheeran

The Weeknd

Maroon 5

Kanye West

Top Five Global Females


Ariana Grande

Nicki Minaj


Ellie Goulding

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

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