Spotify Reveals the 2017’s Biggest Artists, Albums, Songs and Trends

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Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2017 is: Ed Sheeran: ‘Shape of You’ was the top track and ‘÷’ (Divide) was the most-streamed album. Shanon Cook, Spotify Trends Expert partnered with D S Simon Media and YourUpdateTV on a nationwide media tour to discuss Spotify’s annual Year in Music lists.

Spotify revealed its annual Year in Music lists, showing the top artists, albums, tracks and moments that made 2017 such an amazing year for music fans.

Spotify revealed that Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist of 2017 globally, and remains the #1 most streamed artist on Spotify with 47 million monthly listeners.

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Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) was the most streamed album of the year worldwide with 3.1 billion streams, and ‘Shape of You’ became the most streamed track of all time on Spotify, now with over 1.4 billion streams.

“Ed Sheeran absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide,” said Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer. “There is no doubt that 2017 was The Year of Ed Sheeran, and we are thrilled that so many millions of music fans have discovered, listened to, and shared his music on Spotify. Congratulations to Ed on an amazing achievement.”

Despite Ed Sheeran’s huge success this year, Hip Hop continues to play a major role in music listening around the world. Overall, Hip Hop listening increased 74% over the past year according to Spotify data - a significant increase, particularly considering Hip Hop’s popularity in 2016.

In what was a landmark year for Latin music, its listening increased by 110%, with two Latin tracks hitting #1 on Spotify for the first time: ‘Despacito’ and ‘Mi Gente’, as well as 10 Latin songs appearing on Spotify’s Global Top 50. ‘Despacito - Remix’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber was named Spotify’s ‘Song of the Summer,' showing the culture's reach. Yankee also held the #1 position on Spotify in July -- a first for a Latin artist.

Check out the full breakdown below of this year’s rankings and musical trends and head to for the top playlists of 2017, Year in Music playlists, videos, and more.

And, in addition to Spotify’s Year in Music top lists, visitors can check out their own personalized list of their most-streamed artists and songs this year by visiting

Spotify’s Global Year in Music 2017

Most Streamed Artists
Ed Sheeran was the world’s most streamed artist with over 6.3 billion streams this year, dethroning Drake who took the top spot in 2015 and 2016. In fact, Drake is the only top 5 artist carried over from last year, with Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers all new to the top 5 list of artists this year.

1.    Ed Sheeran
2.    Drake
3.    The Weeknd
4.    Kendrick Lamar
5.    The Chainsmokers

Most Streamed Female Artists
For the third year in the row, Rihanna takes home the title of most streamed female artist, continuing her reign at the top. Pop superstars Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Sia round out the top 5.

1.    Rihanna
2.    Taylor Swift
3.    Selena Gomez
4.    Ariana Grande
5.    Sia

Most Streamed Male Artists
Ed Sheeran naturally dominates the Most Streamed Male Artists list, but for the first time we see Daddy Yankee claim a spot in the Top Five Most Streamed Male Artists list this year.

1.    Ed Sheeran
2.    Drake
3.    The Weeknd
4.    Kendrick Lamar
5.    Daddy Yankee

Top Five Breakout Artists
2017 was a big year for artists in groups breaking out on their own to go solo. Camila Cabello, Harry Styles and Liam Payne all went solo this year and hit it big on their own as the top 3 breakout artists of the year. Rappers Lil Pump and Trippie Red round out the list.

1.    Camila Cabello
2.    Harry Styles
3.    Liam Payne
4.    Lil Pump
5.    Trippie Redd

Most Streamed Groups
This year, Coldplay’s collaboration with The Chainsmokers on ‘Something Just Like This’ catapulted them to the top of the groups list, followed by Imagine Dragons bringing the ‘Thunder’ with Maroon 5, Linkin Park and Migos closing out the list.

1.    Coldplay
2.    Imagine Dragons
3.    Maroon 5
4.    Linkin Park
5.    Migos

Most Streamed Tracks
Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ surpassed Drake’s ‘One Dance’ by becoming the most popular song ever on Spotify with over 1.4 billion streams.

1.    Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
2.    Despacito - Remix - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
3.    Despacito - Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
4.    Something Just Like This - The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
5.    I’m the One - DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Most Streamed Albums
After dropping ÷ (Divide) in March, Ed Sheeran’s album has racked up over 3.1 billion streams on Spotify, making it the most streamed album of the year.

1.    Divide - Ed Sheeran
2.    More Life - Drake
3.    DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
4.    Starboy - The Weeknd
5.    Stoney - Post Malone

Most Musical Day 2017:
June 13, 2017 (measured by most streams per user)

Emerging 2017 Genres:
1.    Melodic Power Metal
2.    Chaotic Black Metal
3.    Chillhop
4.    Trap Latino
5.    Future Funk
6.    Jumpstyle
7.    Serialism
8.    Cinematic Dubstep
9.    Vintage Swoon
10.    Gamecore


Top Five Artists in U.S.
1.    Drake
2.    Kendrick Lamar
3.    Future
4.    Ed Sheeran
5.    The Weeknd

Top Five Females in U.S.
1.    Rihanna
2.    Taylor Swift
3.    Nicki Minaj
4.    Ariana Grande
5.    Halsey

Top Five Males in U.S.
1.    Drake
2.    Kendrick Lamar
3.    Future
4.    Ed Sheeran
5.    The Weeknd

Top Five Tracks in the U.S.
1.    HUMBLE. - Kendrick Lamar
2.    XO TOUR Llif3 - Lil Uzi Vert
3.    Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
4.    Congratulations - Post Malone
5.    Despacito - Remix - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

Top Five Albums in the U.S.
1.    DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar
2.    More Life - Drake
3.    Stoney - Post Malone
4.    Starboy - The Weeknd
5.    Divide - Ed Sheeran

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