Spotify is the market benchmark when it comes to music streaming services. The Netflix of music lovers has more than 70 million songs in its library. Of these, the ten most listened to songs on Spotify of all time steal all of our attention.
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1,803 million views
With less than 20 years, the American singer Billi Eilisih has become one of the main stars of world pop. The Californian rose to stardom at just 13 years old, when her single Ocean Eyes went viral on SoundCloud in 2015 and later on YouTube. In 2020, Bad Guy was voted Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards and Eilisih herself was voted Best New Artist.
1,861 million views
The second collaboration between Canadian Shawn Mendes and Cuban-American Camila Cabello was released in June 2019, after I Know What You Did Last Summer (2015). The couple’s song reached # 1 in 36 countries, including chart Billboard USA Hot 100. On Spotify, it became the fastest to reach 1.5 billion views.
1,948 million views
Sunflower is a collaboration of American rappers Post Malone and Swae Lee as part of the soundtrack For the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, although later it would be included in the album Hollywood’s Bleeding from Malone. The song spent 33 weeks at the top of the Billboard Chart, sharing the record with Maroon 5, Cardi B, and Ed Sheran (which would later be broken by Malone himself with Circles). Despite success and multiple nominations, he has not won any awards.
1,972 million views.
Just a year before releasing Someone You Loved, British Lewis Capaldi was discovered by Virgin EMI Records on SoundCloud. With his first studio album and this melancholic song about the loss of a loved one, Capaldi achieved success in Europe. Quietly and without further promotion, it also managed to enter the major charts in the United States.
2,040 million views
American DJ duo The Chainsmokers and singer Halsey bring Closer to life, one of the most popular electronic music songs of the last decade. Although they had The Chainsmokers they already had some songs on the US charts, Closer was the song that launched them to international stardom.
2,054 million views
One dance is the second single from the fourth studio album Views by Canadian rapper and singer-songwriter Drake. At almost three minutes long, One dance It is a mix of Jamaican dancehall styles, Dafrobeats and British funky styles. It has the collaborations of the Nigerian Wyzkud and the British Kyla. It has the peculiarity that it is the only theme on this list that was not originally released as a digital download.
2,199 million views.
Known for his tattoos, introspective composition and laconic vocal style, American rapper Post Malone is responsible for Rockstar. With the collaboration of fellow rapper 21 Savage, the song was released in September 2017 as a digital download and as a single from the album Beerbongs & Bentleys. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in a dozen countries, for which it was nominated as the best rap collaboration for the 61st Grammy Awards. Puerto Ricans Nicky Jam and Ozuna released a Spanish remix of this song in 2017.
2,242 million views.
At just 21 years old, Australian singer-songwriter Tones and I is behind the third most-listened song in all of Spotify’s history. Dance monkey it broke records in Australia – with 22 consecutive weeks in the first place – and in the United Kingdom, where it displaced historical records of singers such as Whitney Houston or Rihanna. The song, released in May 2019 for digital download, is inspired by the offensive comments that the young woman received when she was a street artist, according to the artist herself.
2,311 million views
Winner of three Grammy Awards, Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd ranks second on the list with his single Blinding Lights. The theme of ryhthm and blues Alternative, influenced by the bebop of the eighties, is part of After Hours, his fourth studio album. In 2021, it became the first song in history to stay a year in a row for 52 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it has been recognized by the MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
2,823 million views
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is one of Spotify’s leading figures. With four songs among the 20 most listened to in the history of the platform, it is not surprising that it occupies the first place with Shape of You. The song was released as a digital download on January 6, 2017 and has since broken multiple records, including being considered the ninth most successful song of all time and being the best-selling single in digital format. As is often the case with successes, it has not been without controversy. In 2019, musician Sam Chokri sued Sheeran for plagiarism, claiming it corresponds to his song from Oh why of 2015.