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Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist for 2016

Today, Spotify unveiled its annual top lists that takes 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.

Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist for 2016

In Malaysia, The Chainsmokers were the most loved artist while Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande took the crown as the most streamed male and female artist for 2016. Faded by Alan Walker proved to be a universal favourite as it was the biggest song in the country and Purpose by Justin Bieber topped the list for most popular album of the year.

Check out below for the full breakdown of this year’s rankings and musical trends and head to 2016 Wrapped at for the top playlists of 2016, year in review playlists, videos, and more.

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

Drake Dominates with Most Streamed Track and Album for 2016

Rihanna Named Most Streamed Female Artist for Second Year in a Row

Spotify’s Year in Music 2016 – Malaysia

Top Five Artistes

  1. The Chainsmokers
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Coldplay
  4. Charlie Puth
  5. Shawn Mendes


Top Five Males

  1. The Chainsmokers
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Coldplay
  4. Charlie Puth
  5. Shawn Mendes


Top Five Females

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


Top Five Tracks

  1. Faded – Alan Walker
  2. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers
  3. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
  4. We Don’t Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez) – Charlie Puth
  5. Closer – The Chainsmokers


Five Most Popular Playlists

  1. It’s a Hit!
  2. Top Hits Malaysia
  3. Today’s Top Hits
  4. Acoustic Favourites
  5. Carta Malaysia 50


Spotify’s Year in Music 2016 – Global


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:

  1. Drake
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Rihanna
  4. Twenty One Pilots
  5. Kanye West


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:

  1. Rihanna
  2. Ariana Grande
  3. Sia
  4. Adele
  5. Fifth Harmony


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:

  1. Drake
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Twenty One Pilots
  4. Kanye West
  5. 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:

  1. ZAYN
  3. Anne-Marie
  4. Madeintyo
  5. Rob $tone


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.

  1. One Dance (feat. WizKid and Kyla) – Drake
  2. I Took A Pill in Ibiza – Seeb Remix – Mike Posner
  3. Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) – The Chainsmokers
  4. Work (feat. Drake) – Rihanna
  5. 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:

  1. Views – Drake
  2. Purpose – Justin Bieber
  3. ANTI – Rihanna
  4. Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots
  5. 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

  1. Today’s Top Hits
  2. Rap Caviar
  3. Hot Country
  4. Peaceful Piano
  5. Baila Reggaeton


Fun Facts:


Top Artists by Genre:


Emerging 2016 Genres:

  1. Ambient Fusion
  2. Witch House
  3. Indie Emo
  4. Underground Latin Hip Hop
  5. Baile Funk
  6. Dangdut
  7. Hoerspiel
  8. Speed Garage
  9. Brazilian Gospel
  10. World Meditation





About Spotify:

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 30 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever you are. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.


Spotify is now available in 60 markets globally with more than 100 million active users*, and over 40 million paying subscribers**.

Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than US$5bn to rights holders. Spotify is the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally.

Written by Budiey

Penggemar filem seram yang obses dengan gajet & teknologi terkini dan masih tegar menjadi pengendali portal hiburan & gaya hidup sejak tahun 2007. Kini aktif menjadi Youtuber & Podcaster yang menemubual selebriti dalam BORAK SINI HABIS SINI dan menerbitkan program BULETIN VIRAL di Budiey Channel.

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