Spotify reveals the most popular artists of the decade

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2019

Though none of them managed to out-stream the top three artists, the top three most streamed female artists of the decade were Ariana Grande, Rihanna and Taylor Swift (the latter whom removed her catalogue from Spotify for a significant chunk of the decade).

Globally, Spotify's top artists this year are Post Malone, American singers Billie Eilish and Grande, Sheeran and Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny.


Drake, fellow Torontonian R&B singer The Weeknd and Stratford, Ont. pop singer Justin Bieber were the musical acts most streamed this past decade in Canada.

Spotify's data also revealed some quirky facts: Modern Bollywood was the year's fastest-rising genre; the most popular mood-based playlist was "feel good", followed by "lit"; and the top podcast genre was comedy.


Grammy Award-winning singer Rhianna's ex-boyfriend, Drake, was Spotify's most-streamed artist of the decade, with more than 28 billion streams.

When Spotify released its year-end streaming numbers, Post Malone took the top spot in 2019 with more than 6.5 billion global streams.


Post Malone was the third most-listened to artist of the decade, getting more than 6.5 billion streams from fans around the globe this year alone. Eilish's debut album - "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" - is the year's most-streamed album, while Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Senorita" tops the list of the most-streamed songs. [Image: courtesy of Spotify] Interestingly enough, Lil Nas X's seemingly unstoppable bop "Old Town Road" came in at No. 5 of 2019's most-streamed tracks. With more than 1 billion streams, it was the year's most-streamed song. Billie Eilish's Bad Guy isn't far behind, on 990 million streams.

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