Hip-Hop Is the Most-Streamed Genre on Spotify Globally, Up 74% Year Over Year

By | Posted December 5, 2017
But nobody had a better streaming year on Spotify than Ed Sheeran.
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Ed Sheeran might be the most-streamed artist on Spotify in 2017, with 47 million global monthly listeners and 6.3 billion total streams, but no genre was streamed more around the world this year than hip-hop.

According to Spotify data, hip-hop listening increased 74% over the past year, which the company says is particularly impressive after "hip-hop's popularity in 2016." (No data is cited, but it's safe to assume this is code for "Drake released Views.")

Sheeran's third studio album, Divide, racked up 3.1 billion streams, and its second single, "Shape of You," became the most-streamed track of all-time on Spotify, with more than 1.4 billion streams, but a few of hip-hop's heavy hitters are not far behind. Coming in as the second most-streamed artist on Spotify for 2017 is Drake—who held down the top spot in both 2015 and 2016—followed by The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers.

As for the actual music, the most streamed albums of the 2017 campaign following Sheeran's Divide are More Life (Drake), DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar), Starboy (The Weeknd) and Stoney (Post Malone), while the most streamed tracks (in the US) include Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." (No. 1), Lil Uzi Vert's "XO TOUR Llif3" (No. 2), Post Malone's "Congratulations" (No. 4) and Future's "Mask Off" (No. 6).

For a full breakdown of the year in streaming data, head over to Spotify

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