Which songs and artists did listeners around the world stream the most this year?
Spotify kicked off the holiday season by sharing its list of the most-streamed songs around the world, with Drake and Post Malone, both streaming behemoths, unsurprisingly dominating the top tracks.
Read on for Spotify’s five top-streamed songs of 2018, plus the other artists that global audiences couldn’t get enough of this year.
“God’s Plan” – Drake
Spotify’s most-streamed song of 2018 was Drake’s massive January single, which spent the next 11 months racking up plays on the streaming service.
“SAD!” – XXXTENTACION
The breakthrough hit from the late rapper was the streaming service’s second most-played song of the year.
“Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” – Post Malone
The next two songs on the list belong to Post Malone, with the No. 3 spot going to his top-charting hit with 21 Savage, which was actually released in Sept. 2017.
“Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)” – Post Malone
No. 4 also belongs to Post Malone and his February single with Ty Dolla $ign.
“In My Feelings” – Drake
Drake’s “Scorpion” track became a surprise viral hit this summer, earning him the No. 5 song on the list.
“Mi Gente (feat. Willy William)” – J Balvin
J Balvin was Spotify’s fourth most-streamed artist of 2018, with the top three spots going to Drake, Post Malone and XXXTENTACION.
“Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
Despite not having released an album in 2018, Sheeran was named 2018’s fifth most-streamed artist around the world.
“New Rules” – Dua Lipa
Of Spotify’s five most-streamed albums of 2018, four of the five were claimed by artists already on this list — Drake, Post Malone, XXXTENTACION and Ed Sheeran — with Dua Lipa adding some new blood as the fifth artist.
“Thank U, Next” – Ariana Grande
While the top five most-streamed artists were all men, Grande topped the list of Spotify’s most-streamed female artists.
“Money” – Cardi B
Dua Lipa was Spotify’s second most-streamed female artist of 2018, with Cardi coming in at No. 3 and Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello rounding out the list.
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