Spotify has now named Drake as the most streamed artist of all time, overtaking Ed Sheeran. The music streaming service just reached its 10th-anniversary milestone and decided to unveil some fun facts to honor it.
Sheeran notably ended 2017 as the most streamed artist of that year and the most streamed artist of all time. With the new ranking, the British native singer-songwriter falls just below Drake at No. 2 for all time. However, the artists swap places on the most-streamed song ranking, with “Shape of You” edging out Drake’s “One Dance” and notably, claiming a second spot in the Top 10 song list with his Grammy-winning ballad “Thinking Out Loud” hitting No.5.
Eminem, The Weeknd, and Rihanna hit position No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 on the all-time artist streaming list behind Drake and Sheeran. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey “Closer” clocks in at No. 3 and “Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) by Post Malone follows at No. 4 on the all-time song ranking. Justin Bieber occupies three places on the Top 10 all-time song list with his Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee “Despacito Remix” collab hitting No. 7, “Love Yourself” (co-written by Bieber, Sheeran and Benny Blanco) at No. 8 and “Sorry” at No. 9. The Chainsmokers also pick up a second place in the song list with “Don’t Let Me Down” at No. 10.
It’s also interesting to note “One Dance” was the most-streamed song of 2016 and “Shape of You” was the most-streamed song of 2017. Sheeran’s Grammy-winning third studio album ÷, is the most-streamed album globally and his sophomore album x, comes in at No. 4. Justin Bieber Purpose ranks at No. 2 and Drake follows at No. 3 with Views.
Drake and Ed Sheeran were both nominated for multiple 2018 American Music Awards, though neither artist took an award home. Taylor Swift, (who is No. 7 on Spotify’s most-streamed female artist of all time list), swept all four of the major awards, beating out Sheeran and Drake for Artist of the Year.