Malone racked up 6.5 billion streams on Spotify this year , Spotify Wrapped doesn’t only hand users their personal listening metrics for the year, but the streaming platform also compiled the service-wide year-end (and decade-end) data on Dec. 3.
It turned out that Post Malone walked away with the most-streamed artist of 2019 title with 6.5 billion streams—but, as Rolling Stone points out, he didn’t come close to Drake’s 2018 score card.
The Scorpion artist racked up a whopping 8.2 billion streams last year, thanks in part to “God’s Plan” bringing in over 1 billion streams by the end of 2018.
Posty is no slouch as the Swae Lee-assisted “Sunflower”—which currently has over 1.2 billion streams—also notched the third most-streamed song of 2019, after Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “Señorita” and Billie Eilish’s “bad guy.”
Still, there’s a big drop-off from last year’s metrics. As Rolling Stone’s Tim Ingham notes, “Spotify’s user base grew 30 percent in the past year, yet the cumulative streams of its biggest artist, annually, fell by 21 percent.”
Granted, Spotify’s user growth coincided with the expansion of its content. The Swedish company is heavily investing in the podcasting industry, and the Spotify Wrapped press release states that over 500,000 podcast titles are now available on the platform.
“We’ve also seen a 39 percent increase in podcast hours consumed by listeners quarter over quarter,” the company stated. (The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal is the most-streamed podcast of the year.)
Then Drake just happens to be the platform’s most-streamed artist of the decade. The Canadian artist currently has over 28 billion total plays, and his team-up with Kyla and Wizkid, “One Dance,” is the second most-streamed song of the 2010s.