Here Are Spotify's Top Artists, Songs, and Albums of 2017

Drake, Kendrick, and Rihanna were among the big names who racked up streams this year.


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: Drake performs at Qudos Bank Arena on November 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lagerhaus/WireImage)


Spotify has released its Year in Music lists for 2017, and Ed Sheeran takes the spot for most globally streamed artist on the platform. Sheeran’s ÷ (pronounced "divide")​ was also the most streamed album on Spotify for the year with 3.1 billion streams, while his single "Shape of You" was the most streamed song in Spotify history with 1.4 billion plays. Sheeran accumulated a massive 6.3 billion streams overall this year. 

"Ed Sheeran absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide," said Spotify’s Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom. "There is no doubt that 2017 was The Year of Ed Sheeran, and we are thrilled that so many millions of music fans have discovered, listened to, and shared his music on Spotify. Congratulations to Ed on an amazing achievement."

Drake came in the second spot for most streamed artists of the year. The rapper was previously the most streamed artist of both 2016 and 2015. The Weeknd andKendrick Lamar rounded out the list of top five most streamed artists of 2017.

Both Lil Pump and Trippie Redd made the list for "Breakout Artists." To that end, it was also a big year for hip-hop in general. Streams of the genre "increased 74 percent over the past year according to Spotify data - a significant increase, particularly considering Hip Hop’s popularity in 2016." Latin music increased by a considerable 110 percent thanks to help from hit tracks "Despacito" and "Mi Gente."

Check out Spotify's year-end breakdown below.


Most Streamed Artists 
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. The Weeknd
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. The Chainsmokers

Most Streamed Female Artists    
1. Rihanna
2. Taylor Swift
3. Selena Gomez
4. Ariana Grande
5. Sia

Most Streamed Male Artists
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. The Weeknd
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. Daddy Yankee

Top Five Breakout Artists
1. Camila Cabello
2. Harry Styles
3. Liam Payne
4. Lil Pump
5. Trippie Redd

Most Streamed Groups
1. Coldplay
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Maroon 5
4. Linkin Park
5. Migos

Most Streamed Tracks
1. "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
2. "Despacito" Remix - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
3. "Despacito" - Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
4. "Something Just Like This" - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
5. "I’m the One" - DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Most Streamed Albums
1. ÷ - Ed Sheeran
2. More Life - Drake
3. DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
4. Starboy - The Weeknd
5. Stoney - Post Malone

Emerging 2017 Genres
1. Melodic Power Metal
2. Chaotic Black Metal
3. Chillhop
4. Trap Latino
5. Future Funk
6. Jumpstyle
7. Serialism
8. Cinematic Dubstep
9. Vintage Swoon
10. Gamecore

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