As this year and the last decade quickly comes to an end Spotify is looking back at what took place in the last 365 days as well as the last 10 years – and listeners may be surprised by what they do and don’t remember.
As many expected, Post Malone reigned supreme as most-streamed artist of 2019 with over 6.5 billion total listens from fans around the globe. The rapper/singer achieved this feat within 12 weeks of dropping his album Hollywood’s Bleeding and was helped along by (his) other singles including the Swae Lee collab “Sunflower.”
The second and third most-streamed artists of 2019 are, unsurprisingly, Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande – both having released massive efforts and instruments for change in and outside of the music sphere.
The year’s top song, however, contains none of the aforementioned singers as it is “Señorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – a track that saw more than 1 billion streams and “bad guy,” “Sunflower,” “7 rings,” and Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” round out the remaining Top 5.
In terms of who ruled the decade, more Pop and Rap acts took the prizes. Ed Sheeran, Drake, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Beyonce occupy various spots among the Top 5 lists, with Eminem and The Weeknd taking somewhat surprising posts in certain categories. One major takeaway from the past decade is that most (if not all) of the most-played recordings have been released in the last 5 years.
As is customary, Spotify users will be able to check their own yearly wrap-up and will receive a tailor-made playlist of top songs later this week but until then, the streaming giant is offering their own collection of Most Streamed Songs of the Decade.