The most streamed artist for 2018 revealed

Publish Date
Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:09AM

Singing about heartbreak really gets you places, well according to Spotify's most streamed lists of 2018. 

Hip hop megastar Drake has taken out the top spot in many of the big categories, toppling Ed Sheeran who topped the lists last year.

Globally, Drake is the most-streamed artist, album and track, with a total of 8.2 billion streams this year alone, making him Spotify's most-streamed artist of all time.

Not surprisingly, the most streamed female artist - both globally and in New Zealand - was pop star Ariana Grande, who nabbed the top spot off the back of her hit fourth album Sweetener and her latest single Thank U, Next, clocking up more than 3 billion streams this year.

Here on home soil, Kiwis' favourite New Zealand artist was Six60, who took out the title of most-streamed NZ artist, while Lorde took the top local female artist spot.

 

See the full lists below:

SPOTIFY TOP LISTS, NEW ZEALAND:

Most-Streamed New Zealand Artists

Six60
Lorde
Katchafire
Fat Freddy's Drop
Sons of Zion
Drax Project - You can see them live at FLOAT 2018!
Stan Walker - You can see him live at FLOAT 2018!
Mitch James - You can see him live at FLOAT 2018!
The Black Seeds
Kings

Most-Streamed Albums
Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
Drake, Scorpion
Ed Sheeran, ÷
XXXTENTACION, ?
Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa

Most-Streamed Collaborations
Post Malone, Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Normani, Khalid, Love Lies
Post Malone, rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)
Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)
SZA, Kendrick Lamar, All The Stars

SPOTIFY'S GLOBAL TOP LISTS 2018:

Most-Streamed Artists
Drake
Post Malone
XXXTENTACION
J Balvin
Ed Sheeran*

*Ed Sheeran was the top-streamed artist in 2017

Most-Streamed Female Artists
Ariana Grande
Dua Lipa
Cardi B
Taylor Swift
Camila Cabello

Most-Streamed Tracks
God's Plan - Drake
SAD! - XXXTENTACION
rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) - Post Malone
Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) - Post Malone
In My Feelings - Drake

Most-Streamed Albums
Scorpion - Drake
beerbongs & bentleys - Post Malone
? - XXXTENTACION
Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
÷ - Ed Sheeran*
*Ed Sheeran's ÷ was the top album in 2017