Spotify, in conjunction with your YourUpdateTV during a day long media tour, unveiled its annual top lists that take a look back at the artists, albums, tracks and moments that made 2016 such an amazing year in music.
“Drake has been unstoppable this year – he’s a true global superstar,” said Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content & Chief Strategy Officer. ”With the top album and the top song this year, as well as his successful Summer Sixteen tour, Drake continues to engage his fans in a way that only Drake can; it’s no surprise he is dominating the music industry.”
Fans also discovered more new music and artists than ever before in 2016. ZAYN became the top breakout artist, and Discover Weekly was streamed more than 9 billion times this year.
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.
Here are the top five artists for 2016:
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:
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:
Top Five Breakout Artists
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:
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.
- One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla) – Drake
- I Took A Pill in Ibiza – Seeb Remix – Mike Posner
- Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) – The Chainsmokers
- Work (feat. Drake) – Rihanna
- 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:
- Views – Drake
- Purpose – Justin Bieber
- ANTI – Rihanna
- Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots
- Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd
Most Popular Playlists
Of Spotify’s 2 billion+ playlists, Today’s Top Hits was the most popular this year with over nearly 12 million followers