Drake tops Spotify and Apple Music's 2018 most streamed lists with over 8.2 billion listens

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

Spotify announced on Tuesday that the 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. The Canadian rapper is also Spotify's most-streamed artist of all-time.

Following Drake on the 2018 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.


Drake was also a dominate force on Apple Music as the platform's most-streamed artist of the year globally.

Apple announced, also on Tuesday, that Drake's Scorpion was the top album in iTunes, 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 number 4.

Drake's fifth studio album had four other songs in the top 100 including Nonstop, I'm Upset, Mob Ties and Don't Matter To Me, featuring Michael Jackson. He was also featured on Lil Baby's Yes Indeed, Migos' Walk It Talk It and BlockBoy JB's Look Alive.

Post Malone's songs Rockstar and Psycho were in the top 5. His album Beerbongs & Bentleys was the second-most streamed followed by Cardi B's, the late XXXTentacion and Travis Scott.