Catch up on the year's musical movers, shakers and tastemakers with our roundup of Spotify's most important 2018 stats...

There are now over 40 million tracks on Spotify. That’s a lot of artists jostling for a spot on one of your playlists, and a whole lot of choice when it comes to what you can listen to when cooking, commuting, hitting the gym or hitting the hay. Thankfully, with music, the cream usually rises to the top. Case in point? Spotify’s newly-announced list of 2018’s biggest hitters!

Keen to school up on the year’s biggest tracks, artists and albums? Here’s everything you need to hold your own in any heated debates about the best of the music industry in 2018…

Spotify stats 2018: Streaming by the numbers

Are your tastes in line with the rest of the streaming world? Spotify’s 2018 data offers a decent look at all of this year’s big hitters. Here’s what you need to know:

Top Tracks and artists of 2018

2018 was the year of trap-infused hip-hop and R&B. God’s Plan took the top spot this year, cementing Drake’s place as the most streamed artist of the year – summer smash In My Feelings slid in at number five. Post Malone’s rockstar and Psycho took the third and fourth spots, with XXXTENTACION’s SAD! sneaking in at number two with over 700,000 streams.

  1. God’s Plan – Drake
  3. rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) – Post Malone
  4. Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
  5. In My Feelings – Drake

Alongside those guys, J Balvin and last year’s podium-placed Ed Sheeran fill out the year’s most popular artists, while Ariana Grande became the year’s most-streamed female artist. Ariana garnered over three billion listens on Spotify alone in 2018, thanks in no small part to her excellent fourth album, Sweetener.

In the ‘breakout artist’ space, 2018 belonged to multi-instrumentalist hip-hop star Juice WRLD, with over 20 million monthly listeners as of December. His melodic hit Lucid Dreams is layered over an ingenious sample of Sting’s Shape of Your Heart (even Sting himself is a fan), and has now been streamed over 600,000 times.

And what about bands? Spotify’s broken out the numbers for groups with three or more members, positioning advert-soundtrack-stalwarts Imagine Dragons as this year’s champs. K-pop darlings BTS were in at number two, while last year’s first place – Coldplay – dropped to fifth.

Can you name the year’s biggest album? Based on everything we know so far, you’ve probably already guessed that Drake’s epic, 25-track LP Scorpion beat everyone to the top spot – it was apparently racking up 10 million streams an hour at its peak. And, as the singles chart suggests, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys scooped second. Have a listen to Drake’s magnum opus below:

Playlists made for you

So how did you do? How aligned are your musical inclinations with those of the rest of the planet? You know what… It doesn’t matter; with over 40 million songs to choose from, you can just do you.

And, luckily, Spotify’s got your back on that front. Head over to and connect your account for a personalised breakdown of your year in music. It’ll tell you your favourite artists, your listening time in minutes, and how you compare with others.

Absorbed all that info? Dive into one of two personalised playlists:

Your Top Songs 2018

Available from the ‘Your 2018 Wrapped’ section in the Spotify app, this is a neatly packaged playlist of your top 100 songs from the past year. Perfect for those long Christmas road trips.


If you’re looking to edge out of your comfort zone, Tastebreakers provides 50 tracks you might not otherwise find, from artists and genres you’d normally miss.

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