Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2016

In probably what may be the least surprising news of the music industry of 2016, Drake was Spotify’s top streamed artist of 2016. Drake takes the #1 spot for the second year a row with 4.7 billion streams – nearly double of his 1.8 billion he had last year. 970 million of this year’s streams come from ‘One Dance’ – which is now the most streamed song in Spotify history. Look for the song to hit a billion plays before 2016 ends. To date, Drake is the most streamed artist of all time on Spotify with 8.7 billion streams. Not bad for a guy who is the face of Spotify’s biggest streaming competitor – Apple Music. Rihanna takes home the top streamed female of 2016 with 2.5 billion streams.

Catch up on most of the statistics below and view Spotify’s complete 2016 wrap-up here.

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Spotify’s Global Year in Music 2016

Most Streamed Artists

For the second year in a row, Drake was the world’s most streamed artist with over 4.7 billion streams this year, more than doubling his record of 1.8 billion streams last year. In fact, Drake is the most streamed artist of all time on Spotify with over 8.7 billion streams.

1. Drake
2. Justin Bieber
3. Rihanna
4. Twenty One Pilots
5. Kanye West

Most Streamed Female Artists

Putting in ‘Work’ this year with over 2.5 billion streams, Rihanna takes home the title of most streamed female artist for a second year in a row with Ariana Grande, Sia, Adele and Fifth Harmony rounding out the top 5:

1. Rihanna
2. Ariana Grande
3. Sia
4. Adele
5. Fifth Harmony

Most Streamed Male Artists

Behind Drake and with the help of his late 2015 release of his album, Purpose, Justin Bieber shoots to the number two spot on the list of most streamed male artists followed by Twenty One Pilots, Kanye West and Coldplay:

1. Drake
2. Justin Bieber
3. Twenty One Pilots
4. Kanye West
5. Coldplay

One Direction fans still have love for ZAYN, putting him on top of this year’s list of breakout artists along with FRENSHIP, Anne-Marie, Madeintyo and Rob $tone. These breakout artists made their mark in 2016:

1. ZAYN
2. FRENSHIP
3. Anne-Marie
4. Madeintyo
5. Rob $tone

Most Streamed Tracks

Drake’s One Dance made history this year by overtaking last year’s winner Lean On by Major Lazer (ft. MØ and DJ Snake), as the most popular song ever on Spotify with almost 970 million streams.

1. One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla) – Drake
2. I Took A Pill in Ibiza – Seeb Remix – Mike Posner
3. Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) – The Chainsmokers
4. Work (feat. Drake) – Rihanna
5. Cheap Thrills – Sia

Most Streamed Albums

After dropping Views in April, Drake’s album has racked up over 2.45 billion streams on Spotify in 2016, making it the most streamed album of the year. Here are the top 5 most streamed albums for 2016:

1. Views – Drake
2. Purpose – Justin Bieber
3. ANTI – Rihanna
4. Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots
5. Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd