Drake is most-streamed artist in 2018 on Apple Music and Spotify


It’s no surprise, but Drake is the king of Apple Music and Spotify: He is the most-streamed artist of the year globally on both platforms.

Spotify announced Tuesday that the Toronto-born rapper earned 8.2 billion streams in 2018. He also has the year’s most-streamed album and song with Scorpion and God’s Plan.

Drake is also Spotify’s most-streamed artist of all-time.

Apple released its Best of 2018 list Tuesday. Drake’s Scorpion was the top album on the platform, while his hit God’s Plan was the most popular single. The rapper’s song Nice for What came in second and In My Feelings at No. 4.

Following Drake on the 2018 Spotify list of top artists are Post Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran, who was Spotify’s most-streamed artist last year.

No women made the Top 5, but Ariana Grande ranks first among female artists globally on Spotify. She’s followed by Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello.

Drake not only has the year’s top song, his hit In My Feelings came in fifth on the Spotify list. Sad! by XXXTentacion, who died in June, came in second. Malone has the third and fourth most-streamed songs with Rockstar and Psycho.

Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys is the second most-streamed album behind Drake’s Scorpion. XXXTentacion, Lipa and Sheeran round out the Top 5.


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