Spotify, a year after landing in Korea…The most streamed songs belong to BTS and IU

BTS and IU songs have been streamed the most on Spotify last year. 

Spotify, the world’s largest audio and music streaming platform, recently unveiled streaming trends of Korean listeners using Spotify over the past year to mark the first anniversary after launching its service in South Korea.

It was found that the Korean Spotify listeners have enjoyed a variety of genres and music of various artists around the world such as K-pop, domestic and foreign hip-hop, and R&B.


The No. 1 to No. 5 artists streamed the most by Spotify listeners in Korea are BTS, IU, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and The Weeknd. Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, BLACKPINK, Dua Lipa, and Doja Cat ranked sixth to tenth.

Spotify has also released albums that Korean listeners have streamed the most last year. Justin Bieber‘s sixth full-length album “Justice” topped the list, while Ed Sheeran‘s “=” and Dua Lipa‘s “Future Nostalgia” ranked fifth and sixth, respectively. BTS‘ albums “MAP OF THE SOUL: 7” and “BE” ranked second and third, respectively.

In addition, Justin Bieber ranked third and fourth not only in the album category but also in the most-streamed digital track by Korean Spotify listeners with “Peaches” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon and “Stay” collaborated with The Kid LAROI.


BTS‘ “Butter,” “Permission to Dance,” and “Dynamite,” which have received much love around the world, ranked first, second, and fifth in the chart of tracks that are most frequently listened to by Korean Spotifiers.

In addition, Spotify also released the most favorite playlist data in Korea among a vast range of playlists provided to 46 million listeners in 184 countries. The top three in the editorial playlist curated by the Spotify Music Team are “Today’s Top Hits,” “Hot Now,” and “This Is BTS,” which are the world’s largest playlists and have more than 30 million followers.

In addition, “Jazz Vibes,” “Work From Home” and “4:00 AM GROVE” recorded the most streaming in that particular order among “Mood & Moments” playlists that recommend music for a specific mood or situation.


“We sincerely thank Korean Spotify listeners for their support and interest over the past year,” a Spotify representative said. “We will continue to do our best to help domestic music listeners enjoy personalized streaming services tailored to their lifestyles and tastes and discover various music and audio contents around the world.”

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