Spotify has revealed to us here at STG its annual Year (2017) in Music lists, showing the top artists, albums, tracks and moments that made 2017 such an amazing year for music fans.

Spotify can reveal that Ed Sheeran is New Zealand’s most streamed artist of 2017 and remains the #1 most streamed artist on Spotify with 47 million monthly listeners globally.

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) was the most streamed album of the year, both in New Zealand and worldwide, with 3.1 billion streams globally, while ‘Shape of You’ became the most streamed track of all time on Spotify, now with over 1.4 billion streams globally.

“Ed Sheeran absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide,” said Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer. “There is no doubt that 2017 was The Year of Ed Sheeran, and we are thrilled that so many millions of music fans have discovered, listened to, and shared his music on Spotify. Congratulations to Ed on an amazing achievement.”

Despite Ed Sheeran’s huge success this year, Hip Hop continues to play a major role in music listening in New Zealand and around the world. Overall, Hip Hop listening increased 74% over the past year globally, according to Spotify data – a significant increase, particularly considering Hip Hop’s popularity in 2016. Closer to home, rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Chris Brown make up four of New Zealand’s top five most-streamed artists, proving just how popular rap and hip hop is locally.

Globally, it was also a landmark year for Latin music – listening increased by 110%, with two Latin tracks hitting #1 on Spotify for the first time: ‘Despacito’ and ‘Mi Gente’, as well as 10 Latin songs appearing on Spotify’s Global Top 50.

Check out the full breakdown below of this year’s rankings and musical trends and head to for the top playlists of 2017, Year in Music playlists, videos, and more.

And, in addition to Spotify’s Year in Music top lists, visitors can check out their own personalised list of their most-streamed artists and songs this year by visiting


Ed Sheeran was both New Zealand’s and the world’s most streamed artist with over 6.3 billion streams this year, dethroning Drake who took the top spot in 2015 and 2016. In fact, Drake is the only top 5 artist carried over from last year, with Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers all new to the top 5 list of artists this year.

All data below is based on most streamed in New Zealand for 2017.

Ed Sheeran

Most Streamed Artists

  1. Ed Sheeran

  2. Drake

  3. Kendrick Lamar

  4. Eminem

  5. Chris Brown

Most Streamed Females

  1. Rihanna

  2. Lorde

  3. Adele

  4. Taylor Swift

  5. Alessia Cara

Most Streamed New Zealand Artists


Taking out New Zealand’s most streamed local artist of 2017 is Lorde, who released her sophomore album, Melodrama, in June 2017. It was a big year for drum and bass, dub, roots and reggae with Six60, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire and Shapeshifter rounding out New Zealand’s top five most streamed New Zealand artists of 2017.

  1. Lorde

  2. Six60

  3. Fat Freddy’s Drop

  4. Katchafire

  5. Shapeshifter

Most Streamed New Zealand tracks

  1. Green Light – Lorde

  2. Liability – Lorde

  3. Homemade Dynamite – REMIX – Lorde

  4. Perfect Places – Lorde

  5. Don’t Give It Up – Six60

Most Streamed Tracks

  1. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

  2. Despacito – Remix – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

  3. HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar

  4. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran

  5. I’m the One – DJ Khaled

Most Streamed Albums

  1. Divide – Ed Sheeran

  2. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

  3. Stoney – Post Malone

  4. More Life – Drake

  5. Starboy – The Weeknd

Spotify’s Global Year in Music for 2017

  • Most Streamed Artists
  1. Ed Sheeran

  2. Drake

  3. The Weeknd

  4. Kendrick Lamar

  5. The Chainsmokers

  • Most Streamed Female Artists
  1. Rihanna

  2. Taylor Swift

  3. Selena Gomez

  4. Ariana Grande

  5. Sia

  • Top Five Breakout Artists
  1. Camila Cabello

  2. Harry Styles

  3. Liam Payne

  4. Lil Pump

  5. Trippie Redd

  • Most Streamed Groups
  1. Coldplay

  2. Imagine Dragons

  3. Maroon 5

  4. Linkin Park

  5. Migos

  • Most Streamed Tracks
  1. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

  2. Despacito – Remix – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber

  3. Despacito – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

  4. Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

  5. I’m the One – DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

  • Most Streamed Albums
  1. Divide – Ed Sheeran

  2. More Life – Drake

  3. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

  4. Starboy – The Weeknd

  5. Stoney – Post Malone

  • Emerging 2017 Genres:
  1. Melodic Power Metal

  2. Chaotic Black Metal

  3. Chillhop

  4. Trap Latino

  5. Future Funk

  6. Jumpstyle

  7. Serialism

  8. Cinematic Dubstep

  9. Vintage Swoon

  10. Gamecore

Spotify is the world’s largest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally, with more than 140 million active users, and over 60 million paying subscribers across 61 markets.

Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than USD $5bn to rights holders and has been largely credited with helping to restore growth to the global music market.

Spotify offers the world’s most personalised music experience and makes it easier than ever before to consume, discover, and share music with friends, instantly, whenever, and wherever you are.

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