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Taylor Swift is the UK's most streamed artist of 2023

Taylor Swift is the UK's most streamed artist of 2023

  • Written by Mark Savage
  • BBC music correspondent

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In the first 10 months of 2023, 65 of Swift's songs entered the global top 100 on Apple Music — more than any other artist.

Pop star Taylor Swift was the UK's most streamed artist of 2023, topping the end-of-year charts across Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.

The singer was particularly strong on Apple's service, where she set an all-time record for the most listeners for any artist in a single year.

But it failed to get the most played song on any of the streaming platforms.

On Spotify, that honor goes to Dave and Central Cee's summer hit Sprinter.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus took the crown over Apple and Deezer with her post-breakup song “Flowers.”

Both songs topped the British charts for 10 weeks earlier this year. Flowers is also the best-selling single of the year so far.

All streaming platforms have released their year-end charts along with features that allow users to see their personal most played songs.

Spotify's Wrapped feature also categorizes listeners by genre — telling fans whether they're a Shapeshifter (who's quick to jump from one artist to the next), or an Alchemist (who creates more personalized playlists than regular users).

In Replay on Apple Music, Superfans will be notified if they are in the top 100 listeners for their favorite artist.

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R&B star SZA had huge success with her album SOS and single Kill Bill, and continues into 2024 with nine Grammy nominations.

Spotify only provided data for the most streamed album in the UK – where Taylor Swift's Midnights topped the charts.

It was followed by R&B star SZA's second album SOS, which included the massive hit single Kill Bill.

Harry Styles' “Harry's House” came in third place, followed by Arctic Monkeys' “AM” – which turned 10 this year – and Taylor Swift's “Lover”.

Examining the year-end charts from each service also revealed interesting data about their listeners.

Apple users lean more towards pop and dance music, with tracks like Taylor Swift's “Anti-Hero” and Fenby's “Messy In Heaven” appearing in the top 10.

Spotify favors harder sounds, and has delivered big streaming numbers for Dave and Central Cee's Sprinter, and PinkPantheress's Boy's A Liar.

Overall, the range of musical styles that have achieved popularity in 2023 – from K-pop to Mexican pop – suggests that the genre is becoming increasingly irrelevant, as fans enjoy music from all over the world.

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Nigerian superstar Rema's collaboration with Selena Gomez was the hottest song of 2023

Taylor Swift was the most streamed artist globally on all three platforms, with 26.1 billion streams on Spotify alone since January 1.

Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny came in second place, followed by The Weeknd, Drake and Peso Pluma.

Apple also revealed that SZA's Kill Bill has the most viewed lyrics of 2023; While “Calm Down” by Rema and Selena Gomez was the most annoying song of the year.

Other streaming services, including YouTube and Amazon Music, have not yet released their numbers.

The official charts will reveal the overall biggest songs of the year – total streams, downloads and physical sales – in January.

Most streamed songs on Spotify of 2023 (UK)

  • Dave and Central C – Feud
  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers
  • SZA – Kill Bill
  • Pink Panther and Icy Spice – Bouncing Boy Pt.2
  • Ray ft. 070 Shake – Escape

Most streamed songs on Apple Music 2023 (UK)

  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers
  • Taylor Swift – Anti-Hero
  • Ray ft. 070 Shake – Escape
  • Dave and Central C – Feud
  • Rima and Selena Gomez – Calm down

Most streamed Deezer songs of 2023 (UK)

  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers
  • Harry Styles – as it was
  • Calvin Harris x Ellie Goulding – Miracle
  • Ray ft. 070 Shake – Escape
  • David Guetta x Bebe Rexha – I'm Good (Blue)

Most Streamed Songs on Spotify of 2023 (Global)

  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers
  • SZA – Kill Bill
  • Harry Styles – as it was
  • Jung Kook – Seven (feat. Lato)
  • Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma – Ila Paella Solo

Apple's most-streamed songs of 2023 (globally)

  • Morgan Wallen – Last Night
  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers
  • SZA – Kill Bill
  • Drake and 21 Savage – Rich Flex
  • SZA – afternoon nap

Most streamed Deezer songs of 2023 (globally)

  • Miley Cyrus – Flowers
  • Harry Styles – as it was
  • Tom Odell – Another Love
  • David Guetta x Bebe Rexha – I'm Good (Blue)
  • Beyoncé – cuff
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