Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most-streamed artist in the world

December 2, 2022 4:10 pm

Bad Bunny is the top streamed artist globally, according to this year's Spotify Wrapped. [Source: CNN News]

Maybe the year of the rabbit came early – Bad Bunny was Spotify’s most-streamed artist worldwide in 2022, his third year in a row.

The Puerto Rican superstar once again dominated Spotify Wrapped, the streaming service’s yearly roundup of the artists and songs its users spent the year listening to. Also in the worldwide top five artists of the year are the unsinkable Taylor Swift, multi-hyphenate The Weeknd and K-Pop icons BTS.

Bad Bunny was already a star, but this year proved to be a blockbuster for the “Moscow Mule” singer. His smash-hit album “Un Verano Sin Ti,” which has since been nominated for album of the year at the upcoming Grammys, was also Spotify’s most-streamed album worldwide this year.

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To honour Bad Bunny’s achievement, Spotify said it would turn its heart icon into the design seen on the album art for “Un Verano Sin Ti,” a version of which appeared as a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.

In the US, Drake came out on top as the most-streamed artist of the year, followed by Swift. Kanye West, who’s been widely criticized for making multiple antisemitic comments over the last several weeks, also appeared in the top five.

Don’t worry, Directioners – former boy bander Harry Styles earned a top spot this year, too. His single “As It Was” from the Grammy-nominated album “Harry’s House” was the most-streamed song of the year worldwide. Naturally, Bad Bunny’s songs also appeared in the worldwide top five tracks, with the singles “Me Porto Bonito” and “Tití Me Preguntó” clocking in at fourth and fifth, respectively.

Indie crooner-turned-TikTok darling Steve Lacy made his first appearance in the Spotify Wrapped rankings this year, with his ubiquitous song “Bad Habit” being the third most-streamed song in the US. Also present were Glass Animals and rapper Jack Harlow, whose songs “Heat Waves” and “First Class” first gained traction online.