Soundcloud names its 10 most played artists of 2015

For all its current woes, Soundcloud is still the first place most dance acts go to share music. So it’s worth paying attention to any trends the global streaming platform has to report – and this week, they’ve revealed (via Forbes) their ten most played artists of the past 12 months.

But their #1 isn’t from the electronic world – rather, rap hero Drake has claimed the top spot. Which isn’t surprising, when you consider that Soundcloud was the first place to hear If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late when it arrived unannounced in February and that Back To Back, Drake’s much-publicised Meek Mill diss track, currently boasts over 47 million spins on the October’s Very Own page.

Drizzy isn’t the only rapper to make the cut – G-Eazy, Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Chris Brown, Kid Ink and Chance The Rapper all feature, as does Can’t Feel My Face crooner The Weeknd. In fact, the only electronic acts to grace the list are Major Lazer, who sit at #2 thanks to the success of Lean On and their new album Peace is the Mission, and remix gun Kygo at #5.

The Soundcloud rollcall a far cry from YouTube’s most popular profiles and Spotify’s most-streamed acts, which Forbes have also revealed. The only dance acts to make the cut there were David Guetta and Calvin Harris (who came in first on Spotify’s list), with the rest of the both lists populated by popstars. Check out Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube’s lists in full below.

Soundcloud’s 10 most played artists of the year

1. Drake

2. Major Lazer

3. G-Eazy

4. Future

5. Kygo


7. Chris Brown

8. Kid Ink

9. The Weeknd

10. Chance The Rapper

Spotify’s most-streamed artists

1. Calvin Harris

2. Chris Brown

3. Drake

4. Ed Sheeran

5. Pitbull

6. Sam Smith

7. David Guetta

8. Wiz Khalifa

9. Nicki Minaj

10. Ellie Goulding

YouTube’s most popular official pages

1. Maroon 5

2. Katy Perry

3. Rihanna

4. Nicky Jam

5. Ariana Grande

6. Ed Sheeran

7. Enrique Iglesias

8. Beyoncé

9. David Guetta

10. Meghan Trainor