Spotify's Greatest Hits
According to this year’s list, Drake was clearly the most popular artist of 2018. Not only did the Canadian rapper single-handedly rack up 8.2 billion streams this year, he also took home the trophies for the most streamed album ("Scorpion") and the most streamed song ("God's Plan" – 1.1 billion streams).
As our chart illustrates, the most-streamed songs of the past six years also tell us something about the increase in music listening on Spotify. While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” was the most-streamed song of 2013 with “just” 160 million streams, this year’s number 1 hit was played nearly 7 times as often even though it fell short of Ed Sheeran's megahit "Shape of You", which was streamed an unbelievable 1.4 billion times in 2017.
This chart shows the most-streamed songs on Spotify from 2013 to 2018.