2017 is the year of the Sheeran—on Spotify, at least. The streaming service’s annual Year in Music list tackles categories such as Top 5 Artists, Most Streamed Female Artists, and Top 5 Albums among many others.

Year of the Sheeran

According to Spotify’s records, Ed Sheeran’s “÷” was the most streamed album with 3.1 billion streams. His other accolades include most globally streamed artist and his single “Shape of You” set a record for most streamed song in Spotify history with 1.4 billion plays. In total, he gathered 6.3 billion streams in 2017 alone. Even after the accidents he accumulated throughout the year, he still came out on top!


Losing his two-year top artist streak is Drake who came in a close second place, then “Starboy” singer The Weeknd in third. Kendrick Lamar followed and EDM pop duo The Chainsmokers rounding up the list. The top four artists are also in the same positions for Most Streamed Male Artists, with Daddy Yankee replacing The Chainsmokers for the fifth spot.

2017 was a big year for both hip hop and Latin music; hip hop streams increased 74% over the past year while Latin music increased by 110% thanks to Billboard hits like “Despacito” and “Mi Gente”. Take a look at the complete list of victors below!

Most Streamed Artists

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

Most Streamed Female Artists

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

Most Streamed Male Artists

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

Top Five Breakout Artists

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

Most Streamed Groups

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

Most Streamed Tracks

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

1. “÷” – Ed Sheeran
2. “More Life” – Drake
3. “DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar
4. “Starboy” – The Weeknd
5. “Stoney” – Post Malone

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

We’re keeping our eyes peeled for a female artist to be in that Most Streamed Artists category in 2018. It’s been a pretty exciting year for music and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next year!

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