Top 10 most-streamed artists of all-time on Spotify in 2022

Rather than Spotify’s monthly listeners, we take a look at the all-time streams of every track from artists’ catalogues.

Monthly listeners are a great way to see which artists are currently popular on the streaming service, whereas this list is a great way to see the most popular artists in the last decade (since streaming’s growth). Find more Spotify top tens such as the most-streamed tracks of 2021, most-streamed songs of the summer, most-streamed songs in a single day and the most-streamed female artists by monthly listeners.

An artist’s all-time streams aren’t shared by Spotify with the public, so this data comes from ChartMasters. Updated daily, ChartMasters explain their methodology and admit the full list of 1,000 artists may not be 100% accurate. Their data is “based on streams from tracks available inside their personal page’s sections Albums, Singles and Compilations. They are combined together and defined as “Lead streams”.” Appears on streams such as featured tracks are not counted towards lead streams or the ranking, but this number is listed.

First up is Drake, with a whopping 46 billion streams.

1. Drake

  • Lead streams: 46,697,543,955
  • Featured streams: 18,001,099,588
  • Number of tracks: 248

The number two most played Spotify artist

2. Bad Bunny

  • Lead streams: 35,843,162,498
  • Featured streams: 4,620,978,012
  • Number of tracks: 164

3. Ed Sheeran

  • Lead streams: 35,801,925,406
  • Featured streams: 2,577,800,261
  • Number of tracks: 230

The number four most played Spotify artist

4. The Weeknd

  • Lead streams: 31,588,739,684
  • Featured streams: 3,963,254,649
  • Number of tracks: 180

5. Ariana Grande

  • Lead streams: 30,689,233,907
  • Featured streams: 1,964,296,072
  • Number of tracks: 181

6. Justin Bieber

  • Lead streams: 30,250,265,777
  • Featured streams: 10,588,515,720
  • Number of tracks: 224

7. Taylor Swift

  • Lead streams: 28,852,695,444
  • Featured streams: 395,228,397
  • Number of tracks: 320

8. Eminem

  • Lead streams: 28,368,411,475
  • Featured streams: 3,977,418,440
  • Number of tracks: 279

9. Post Malone

  • Lead streams: 27,852,251,588
  • Featured streams: 2,331,533,785
  • Number of tracks: 83

The number ten most played Spotify artist

10. BTS

  • Lead streams: 25,546,119,271
  • Featured streams: 199,545,522
  • Number of tracks: 253

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How much money have the top 10 artists earned on Spotify in 2022?

A rough calculation of the figures some of the most-streamed artists have earned on the music streaming platform to date.

Last year we featured an infographic showing the total earnings of some of the most streamed artists on Spotify. This data from TopDollar was based on streams collected up until January 2021 by Kworb, however the actual total number of streams is quite different.

At the time, TopDollar estimated that the most-streamed artists on Spotify, Drake, had pulled in a total of 21.5 billion streams. Using Digital Music News’ calculation that one stream earns an average of $0.0049, as well as Music Business Worldwide’s calculation that around half of the revenue goes to the artist, TopDollar ended up estimating Drake’s earnings at over $52 million. Kworb’s total number of streams is based on daily and weekly top 200 data from Spotify, which is actually significantly lower than the real figure. Using Digital Music News and Music Business Worldwide’s calculations (number of streams x 0.0049 / 2) and ChartMasters’ latest total streaming numbers of the top ten artists, we calculate the estimated total earnings of the highest earning artists on Spotify as it stand in May 2022.

It should be noted, Digital Music News, Music Business Worldwide and ChartMasters’ figures are estimates. Spotify and other music streaming services do not pay artists a flat rate amount per stream, the split between artists and record labels (not to mention songwriters, managers, etc.) varies from artist to artist, and ChartMasters does not include featured streams in their “lead streams” statistics.

Unsurprisingly, Drake still holds the top spot with over $110 million in total earnings. Ariana Grande is the highest-earning female artist on Spotify, with BTS securing its position as the top-earning band. Don’t forget, Spotify is just one source of revenue for artists. The highest earning artists in the world have multiple sources of income from other stores, licensing deals, business ventures, live shows, merch sales, etc.


1. Drake

Total earnings: $114,408,982

Lead streams: 46,697,543,955


The number two most played Spotify artist

2. Bad Bunny

Total earnings: $87,815,748

Lead streams: 35,843,162,498


3. Ed Sheeran

Total earnings: $87,714,717

Lead streams: 35,801,925,406


4. The Weeknd

Total earnings: $77,392,412

Lead streams: 31,588,739,684


5. Ariana Grande

Total earnings: $75,188,623

Lead streams: 30,689,233,907


6. Justin Bieber

Total earnings: $74,113,151

Lead streams: 30,250,265,777


7. Taylor Swift

Total earnings: $70,689,103

Lead streams: 28,852,695,444


8. Eminem

Total earnings: $69,502,608

Lead streams: 28,368,411,475


9. Post Malone

Total earnings: $68,238,016

Lead streams: 27,852,251,588


10. BTS

Total earnings: $62,587,992

Lead streams: 25,546,119,271


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Who are the biggest artists in the world in 2022?

Who’s the most popular music artist in the world right now? Check out the cross-platform best-performing artists in May 2022.

Here are the artists racking up the most streams and gaining the most new fans across the music world in 2022. As an artists gets more follows and listens on Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer, SoundCloud and other streaming platforms, and the better they perform on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and across the rest of social media, the closer they get to becoming the biggest artist in the world.

Justin Bieber takes the top spot, with millions of followers across socials and billions of plays on streaming services. The most popular female artist currently goes to Taylor Swift, while BTS are unsurprisingly the most popular band.

Any surprises here amongst the most popular artists in 2022?













The data is based on Chartmetric’s cross platform performance analysis, which takes into account the artist’s overall reach with listeners in terms of listens, views and consumption, and how many followers the artist has in their fanbase across the web.

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Top 10 most followed playlists on Amazon Music in 2022

Here are the ten most popular playlists in the US on Amazon’s music streaming service as of April 2022.

Note, Amazon Music do not share how many users follow or listen to a particular playlist, and rather just give a ranking. All of these playlists are curated by Amazon’s Music Experts. You can find the full “Top Playlists” list, with hundreds of playlists, here.

The first most-followed playlist on Amazon Music US

1. Country Heat

Fire tracks from the hottest acts in country music.


The second most-followed playlist on Amazon Music US

2. Mellow ’70s Gold

Your favorite soft-sounding radio hits from the 1970s.


The third most-followed playlist on Amazon Music US

3. All Hits

The biggest songs in the world.


The number seven most popular Amazon Music playlist

4. Classical Focus

Boost your brainpower with these venerable classics and fresh reinterpretations.


The number six most popular Amazon Music playlist

5. Mellow ’80s Gold

Your favorite soft-sounding radio hits from the 1980s.


The number eight most popular Amazon Music playlist

6. Classic Rock Hits

A decade-spanning collection of classics from rock legends who inspired & influenced generations.


The seventh most-followed playlist on Amazon Music US

7. Viral Hits

These tracks are Internet famous.


The eighth most-followed playlist on Amazon Music US

8. Oldies Hits

Timeless classics from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.


The ninth most-followed playlist on Amazon Music US

9. Solo Classical Piano

Timeless classical pieces for solo piano.


The tenth most-followed playlist on Amazon Music US

10. Pop Culture

The ultimate stop for today’s pop hits.


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Top 10 most followed playlists on Spotify 2022

Here are the ten most followed playlists around the world on Spotify as of April 2022.

Spotify’s editorial playlists help introduce new artists to thousands or even millions of new listeners and break them into the mainstream. What are the most-popular playlists on the most-popular streaming service?

Kicking off the list, the most popular playlist on Spotify with over 30 million followers is Today’s Top Hits. Find more mind-boggling stats on the playlist here.

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The number one most followed playlist on Spotify

1. Today’s Top Hits

30.7 million followers


Global Top 50

2. Top 50 – Global

16.7 million followers


The number three most followed playlist on Spotify

3. RapCaviar

14.4 million followers


The number four most followed playlist on Spotify

4. Viva Latino

11.6 million followers


The number five most followed playlist on Spotify

5. Baila Reggaeton

10.4 million followers


The number six most followed playlist on Spotify

6. Rock Classics

10.1 million followers


Songs to Sing in the Car

7. Songs to Sing in the Car

9.9 million followers


The number eight most followed playlist on Spotify

8. All Out 2000s

9.9 million followers


The number nine most followed playlist on Spotify

9. All Out 80s

9.3 million followers


Beast Mode

10. Beast Mode

8.8 million followers


Top 10 most-streamed songs in a single day on Spotify in 2022

With Harry Styles’ latest single gaining a lot of attention, here’s how the top ten currently stack up on Spotify as of April 2022.

English singer-songwriter Adele released her lead single from her fourth studio album 30 back in October last year. Within a few days of release, Easy On Me broke records across music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Amazon Music for the most number of streams in a single day.

On 1st April this year, Harry Styles released the lead single from his upcoming third album Harry’s House. On release day, As It Was broke Spotify’s record for the most-streamed song in the US in a single day, closing the day with 8.3 million streams, beating Olivia Rodrigo’s drivers license with 8 million streams. Alongside the US record, Styles’ new single also achieve the record for the most-streamed song globally in a single day for 2022. But outside of this year, how does the track stack up globally among the most-streamed songs in a single day?


Here’s how the top ten looks on Spotify at the moment. Warning, it’s mostly Christmas songs.

The number one most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

1. Adele – Easy On Me

19.7 million streams

Date released: 15 October 2021

Date achieved: 15 October 2021


The number two most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

2. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You

17.4 million streams

Date released: 29 October 1994

Date achieved: 24 December 2021


 The number three most-streamed song on Spotify in a single day

3. Harry Styles – As It Was

16.1 million streams

Date released: 1 April 2022

Date achieved: 1 April 2022


The number three most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

4. Wham! – Last Christmas

15.8 million streams

Date released: 3 December 1984

Date achieved: 24 December 2020


The number four and five most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

5. Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license

13.7 million streams

Date released: 8 January 2021

Date achieved: 15 January 2021


The number four and five most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

6. Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u

12.5 million streams

Date released: 14 May 2021

Date achieved: 25 May 2021


The number six most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

7. Drake – Girls Want Girls (with Lil Baby)

12.3 million streams

Date released: 3 September 2021

Date achieved: 3 September 2021


The number seven most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

8. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

12.2 million streams

Date released: 24 November 2014

Date achieved: 24 December 2020


The number eight most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

9. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

12.1 million streams

Date released: 19 October 1958

Date achieved: 24 December 2021


The number nine most streamed song in a single day on Spotify

10. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock

12.0 million streams

Date released: 28 November 1957

Date achieved: 24 December 2021


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Top 10 most followed non-editorial playlists on Spotify in 2022

What are the top 10 most followed playlists on Spotify from major labels and indie curators as of April 2022?

Spotify hold the top ten most followed playlists on the streaming platform.

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The number four most-followed non-editorial Spotify playlist

4. Deep House 2022

from Selected.

3.47 million followers


The number five most-followed non-editorial Spotify playlist

5. 80s Smash Hits

from Filtr US

2.48 million followers


6. 90s Hits

from Filtr US

2.06 million followers



8. Trap Nation

from Trap Nation

2.04 million followers


9. Billboard Hot 100

from Billboard

2.02 million followers


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Top 10 most-followed music artists on Instagram in 2022

Ranging from 127m to over 300 million followers, who are the most popular musicians on the Meta-owned photo and video sharing platform?

Selena Gomez tops the list with 304 million followers, after recently over taking Ariana Grande who has 300 million followers. In a list dominated by females, the most-followed male artist is Justin Bieber with 225 million followers

Find the full rundown of all of the most-followed Instagram accounts here.

The number one most-followed music artist on Instagram

1. @selenagomez

Selena Gomez

304 million followers

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2. @arianagrande

Ariana Grande

300 million followers

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The number three most-followed music artist on Instagram

3. @beyonce

Beyoncé

244 million followers

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4. @justinbieber

Justin Bieber

225 million followers

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5. @taylorswift

Taylor Swift

203 million followers

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6. @jlo

Jennifer Lopez

199 million followers

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The number seven most-followed music artist on Instagram

7. @nickiminaj

Nicki Minaj

179 million followers

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The number eight most-followed music artist on Instagram

8. @mileycyrus

Miley Cyrus

162 million followers

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9. @katyperry

Katy Perry

155 million followers

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The number ten most-followed music artist on Instagram

10. @ddlovato

Demi Lovato

127 million followers

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Wordle clone seekers! Just when you thought every Wordle alternative had been exhausted – Worldle, Quordle, Lewdle – here comes the music version.

Heardle is a guess-the-song game where you have to work out the name of a SoundCloud snippet in six tries. Much like a music round of a pub quiz, but in Wordle form.

How do you play? Listen to the first snippet of the intro. You can skip along to reveal more of the song or have a go at naming that tune, sacrificing a turn each time.

Like Wordle, you only get one game a day. That’s a major part of what made Wordle go viral, leaving the internet littered with emoji squares and users wanting more – and finding satisfaction from clones like Heardle that quickly popped up around the internet.

Heardle isn’t the first Wordle alternative to have a music twist. The band Weezer released their own Wordle version that only features Weezer-related words.

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Top 5 most followed K-pop artists on Spotify in 2022

K-pop is a genre that is dominating across the globe and Spotify is one of the best places to find South Korean artists. Here are the 5 top K-pop groups in 2022.

K-pop has been growing exponentially in recent years and popular groups such as BTS and BLACKPINK have been topping charts in their home turf and across the globe.

The time of K-pop dominance is now. Spotify has said worldwide K-pop streams are averaging 7.97bn monthly plays. That’s up 27% from 2021. Spotify recently launched its service in South Korea, and its K-pop playlists are incredibly popular. 

With all this in mind, we wanted to highlight the top K-pop groups on Spotify in 2022. 


1. BTS

45.6 million followers

It probably comes as no surprise to see BTS at the top of this list. The group currently has 45.6 million followers on Spotify, with an impressive 39.9 million streams. Their most-streamed song is “Dynamite,” with 1.2 billion streams.


2. BLACKPINK

28.2 million followers

BLACKPINK comes in second place with 28.2 million followers on Spotify, with 13.6 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is “Kill This Love,” with 579 million streams.


3. TWICE

12.4 million followers

TWICE boast 12.4 million followers on Spotify, with 10 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is the hit single “Fancy,” with 284 million streams.


4. EXO

8.8 million followers

EXO currently has 8.8 million followers on Spotify, with an impressive 4.3 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is “Love Shot,” which has 207 million streams.


5. Stray Kids

7.07 million followers

Stray Kids currently have 7.07 million followers on Spotify, and 5.74 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is “God’s Menu,” with 158 million streams.


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