Special Report

Spotify Artists With the Most Listeners

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Music streaming service Spotify dominates the global music streaming market with a 36% market share, or more than 108 million subscriptions. The number of people around the world who pay for a music streaming service is only increasing, and streaming is the primary method of listening to music for many already.

With the growth of its streaming service, Spotify has chosen to expand. The first ever Spotify Awards will be held in Mexico City on March 5, with awards exclusively based on data generated from Spotify users in Mexico.

In anticipation of the event, 24/7 Tempo has identified the 25 artists with the most monthly listeners on Spotify. Although the Spotify Awards are (almost) completely based on listeners in Mexico, we have reviewed data from music fans worldwide.

There is significant overlap in the artists that are popular in Latin America and in other locations around the globe. Latin music artists Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin are all among the artists with the most monthly listeners. They’re also up for numerous awards this year. Latin pop is not the only popular music, however, and pop stars such as Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish are also up for awards.

Many of the artists with the most listeners over the past month (28 days to be exact) have released new music as recently as this year, drawing in many listeners. They also frequently partake in collaborations with other prominent pop musicians, thereby sharing fanbases and increasing overall streams. These are the top musical collaborations that hit No. 1 on the singles chart.

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24/7 Tempo reviewed the world’s most streamed musical artists on Spotify based on total listeners worldwide for the 28 days ending March 2, 2020. The number of followers on Spotify and most-streamed song for each artist also comes from Spotify.

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25. The Chainsmokers
> Monthly listeners: 37.60 million
> Most streamed song: Closer (ft. Halsey)
> Spotify followers: 15.56 million

Electronic duo The Chainsmokers have released numerous songs that have received more than 1 billion streams on Spotify, including “Closer” (ft. Halsey), “Something Just Like This” (with Coldplay), and “Don’t Let Me Down” (ft. Daya). They’ve remained among the top-played acts with their 2019 album “World War Joy,” which features collaborators ranging from pop punkers blink-182 to rapper Ty Dolla $ign.


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24. Diplo
> Monthly listeners: 38.07 million
> Most streamed song: Where Are Ü Now (with Justin Bieber)
> Spotify followers: 2.21 million

Popular producer Diplo has hundreds of millions of streams on Spotify thanks to his many collaborations with pop artists, including Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers. After the release of the full collaborative album titled “LSD” with Sia and Labrinth last year he has continued to release new music into 2020, including the tracks “Heartless” and “JustYourSoul.”

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23. Taylor Swift
> Monthly listeners: 38.3 million
> Most streamed song: Shake It Off
> Spotify followers: 27.12 million

Ten-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift has had no shortage of popular songs throughout her career, with 97 of them appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. She continues to be one of the most listened to artists on Spotify, thanks in part to her 2019 album, “Lover.” She has also released two new songs to the platform this year — “Only the Young” and a live version of “The Man.”

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22. Bad Bunny
> Monthly listeners: 38.89 million
> Most streamed song: I Like It (Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Calvin)
> Spotify followers: 19.20 million

Latin trap artist Bad Bunny has collaborated with many other popular musicians, including Drake, J Balvin, and Cardi B. He’s had millions of plays this past month due in part to the February release of his most recent album “YHLQMDLG” — an acronym that stands for “yo hago lo que me da la gana,” meaning “I do whatever I want.”


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21. Roddy Ricch
> Monthly listeners: 40.33 million
> Most streamed song: The Box
> Spotify followers: 1.73 million

Roddy Ricch has relatively few followers on Spotify, with only 1.73 million to date. Yet the rapper has had more than 40 million users listen to his music over the past month, thanks in large part to the popularity of his song “The Box,” which is currently one of the most popular songs on Spotify.

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20. Sam Smith
> Monthly listeners: 40.97 million
> Most streamed song: Stay With Me
> Spotify followers: 11.84 million

Sam Smith released one of the biggest hits of his career last year with “Dancing With a Stranger,” which features singer Normani and has nearly 630 million streams on Spotify. He released one new song to the platform this year — the “Donnie Darko”-sampling “To Die For,” which came out on Valentine’s Day and has been played more than 32 million times thus far.


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19. Ariana Grande
> Monthly listeners: 42.03 million
> Most streamed song: 7 rings
> Spotify followers: 42.88 million

Ariana Grande’s 2019 album “thank u, next” was a massive success, topping the Billboard 200 albums chart and featuring the singer’s only two singles to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 singles chart — “7 rings” and “thank u, next.” Both songs have been streamed more than 1 billion times on Spotify. In December 2019, Grande released a live album titled “k bye for now (swt live).”

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18. Daddy Yankee
> Monthly listeners: 42.84 million
> Most streamed song: Despacito (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber)
> Spotify followers: 16.84 million

Reggaeton juggernaut Daddy Yankee found global success with the remix of “Despacito,” which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 singles chart and has been streamed over 1.3 billion times on Spotify. He has released two new collaborative singles to Spotify already this year — “Muévelo” with Nicky Jam and “Definitivamente” with Sech.

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17. Shawn Mendes
> Monthly listeners: 43.58 million
> Most streamed song: Señorita (with Camila Cabello)
> Spotify followers: 24.46 million

Shawn Mendes has numerous songs on Spotify that have been streamed more than 1 billion times, including “Treat You Better” and “Stitches.” His top-streamed song is “Señorita” with nearly 1.3 billion plays. The song is the first track on his 2019 self-titled album and is a duet with singer Camila Cabello.


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16. Selena Gomez
> Monthly listeners: 44.07 million
> Most streamed song: Taki Taki (DJ Snake with Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B)
> Spotify followers: 19.62 million

Selena Gomez’s latest album, “Rare,” which was released in January of this year, has been a huge success for the singer. It includes her first ever No. 1 single, “Lose You To Love Me,” which has been streamed more than 385 million times on Spotify. It also features the songs “Look at Her Now” and “Rare,” both of which have passed the 100 million plays mark.

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15. Eminem
> Monthly listeners: 45.41 million
> Most streamed song: ‘Till I Collapse
> Spotify followers: 33.23 million

Eminem is among the most enduring acts on this list, having released his debut album in 1996. He continues to draw in listeners with his most recent album, “Music to be Murdered By,” which came out this past January. The album includes the song “Godzilla,” which features vocals by the late rapper Juice WRLD and has been streamed more than 180 million times.


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14. Halsey
> Monthly listeners: 46.55 million
> Most streamed song: Closer
> Spotify followers: 9.72 million

Halsey has had millions of listeners over the past month thanks in large part to her album “Manic,” which was released in January of this year. The album features the No. 1 hit “Without Me,” which has accumulated more than 961 million streams. This still falls shy of “Closer” — her collaborative single with The Chainsmokers — which has more than 1.7 billion streams.

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13. Tones and I
> Monthly listeners: 46.06 million
> Most streamed song: Dance Monkey
> Spotify followers: 0.74 million

Australian singer Tones and I is the only artist among the 25 with the most monthly listeners on Spotify to have fewer than 1 million followers on the platform. Her inclusion is largely the result of her hugely successful song “Dance Monkey,” which has been streamed over 1.2 billion times. The song, which was reportedly written in approximately half an hour, peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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12. Maroon 5
> Monthly listeners: 47.61 million
> Most streamed song: Girls Like You (ft. Cardi B)
> Spotify followers: 22.70 million

Nearing 20 years together as a band, Maroon 5 has had numerous hits, though their biggest song on Spotify is 2018’s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B. Other popular tracks include “Memories,” which, despite being released just this past year, has over 583 million plays.


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11. Nicki Minaj
> Monthly listeners: 49.84 million
> Most streamed song: Swalla (Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)
> Spotify followers: 17.11 million

Nicki Minaj’s most recent studio album is “Queen,” released in August 2018. She has released additional music since then, however, keeping fans engaged on Spotify. The song “Tusa” — a 2019 collaboration with Colombian reggaeton singer Karol G — has over 441 million streams. The even more recent song “Yikes” has almost 17 million streams.

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10. Drake
> Monthly listeners: 51.62 million
> Most streamed song: One Dance
> Spotify followers: 44.98 million

Drake was the most-streamed artist on Spotify in 2015, 2016, and 2018. His most played song is the infectious “One Dance,” which has gained more than 1.8 billion streams. “God’s Plan,” off the 2018 album “Scorpion,” is a close second with nearly 1.5 billion streams. The rapper is expected to release a new studio album this year.


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9. Dua Lipa
> Monthly listeners: 52.36 million
> Most streamed song: New Rules
> Spotify followers: 15.57 million

English singer Dua Lipa has not released a studio album since her self-titled effort in 2017, though she’s released numerous singles to Spotify since. The most recent single released, “Physical,” appeared on the service in February 2020. The song will be included on the Grammy winner’s upcoming album “Future Nostalgia,” which is scheduled to come out on April 3.

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8. Post Malone
> Monthly listeners: 53.35 million
> Most streamed song: rockstar (ft. 21 Savage)
> Spotify followers: 22.80 million

Rapper Post Malone was 2019’s most-streamed artist, with more than 6.5 billion streams. With his previous album (released just a year earlier) debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the rapper got an even greater boost with the release of his his album “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” which came out in September, and again debuted at No. 1.

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7. The Weeknd
> Monthly listeners: 54.81 million
> Most streamed song: Starboy
> Spotify followers: 19.00 million

Drake associate The Weeknd has been a favorite among Spotify listeners since the release of his compilation album “Trilogy,” which was released in 2012. In 2015, he released the No. 1 album “Beauty Behind the Madness,” which includes the songs “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” both of which almost have 1 billion streams on Spotify. “Starboy” (2016) is his lone song to have crossed that threshold, with 1.3 billion streams.


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6. Khalid
> Monthly listeners: 55.05 million
> Most streamed song: Eastside (Benny Blanco with Halsey & Khalid)
> Spotify followers: 10.66 million

Since the release of his Grammy-nominated debut album “American Teen,” Khalid has risen to superstardom, as evidenced by his popularity on Spotify. The most popular track on his page is Benny Blanco’s “Eastside,” on which both Khalid and singer Halsey are featured. Other popular tracks include collaborations with Marshmello and Billie Eilish.

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5. Camila Cabello
> Monthly listeners: 55.13 million
> Most streamed song: Havana (ft. Young Thug)
> Spotify followers: 15.10 million

Camila Cabello’s biggest hit to date is “Havana” (featuring Young Thug), which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018 and has racked up 1.4 billion streams on Spotify. She scored a similarly massive hit in 2019 with “Señorita” — a duet with singer Shawn Mendes — that hit No. 1 in August. It’s her second-most played song, with more than 1.2 billion streams.


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4. J Balvin
> Monthly listeners: 55.43 million
> Most streamed song: No Me Conoce – remix (Jhay Cortez, J Balvin & Bad Bunny)
> Spotify followers: 17.99 million

Reggaeton artist J Balvin had more than 1 billion cumulative streams of his 2019 collaborative album with singer Bad Bunny, “Oasis.” He’s already released numerous singles this year, including “Morado,” “Medusa,” and “Rojo.”

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3. Ed Sheeran
> Monthly listeners: 60.51 million
> Most streamed song: Shape of You
> Spotify followers: 60.04 million

Ed Sheeran is the only artist on Spotify to have more than 50 million followers. He was also the platform’s most streamed artist in 2017. Sheeran’s latest album, released in July 2019, is “No.6 Collaborations Project,” which features numerous popular collaborators, including Khalid, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, and Travis Scott.

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2. Billie Eilish
> Monthly listeners: 60.67 million
> Most streamed song: bad guy
> Spotify followers: 21.73 million

Teen musician Billie Eilish has gained millions of new fans after releasing her 2019 album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” which also won her five Grammy awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Eilish has had a bump in song streams on Spotify thanks to her new song “No Time to Die” for the upcoming James Bond movie. It currently has more than 63 million streams.


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1. Justin Bieber
> Monthly listeners: 66.06 million
> Most streamed song: Love Yourself
> Spotify followers: 33.31 million

Thanks to the February release of his latest album “Changes,” Justin Bieber has become the most popular artist on Spotify. While the album’s lead single “Yummy” has already accumulated more than 260 million streams, the pop sensation’s “Love Yourself” is still by far his most played track.

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