Spotify reveals list of Top 25 Artists Under 25, and it’s depressing


    Avicii’s single “Wake Me Up” is Spotify’s most streamed song ever with over 243 million listens. With that feat in mind, it’s no surprise that the Swedish EDM-megastar topped the streaming service’s inaugural list of the “Top Artists Under 25”, a ranking of the “most influential” young musicians.

    The ranking, as EW points out, was determined based on worldwide “No. 1 hits, volume and growth of streams and shares, and viral chart success from the last year”. Basically, it’s a popularity contest.

    Following Avicii are Lorde, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, and Taylor Swift, making for top five that should shock absolutely no one. Iggy Azalea, who’s historically dominating the charts right now, also places in the top 25, along with fellow pop stars like Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Sam Smith (!), country star Hunter Hayes, and Phillip Phillips.


    However, despite the appearances of pop’s usual suspects, there are some surprises. For instance, Earl Sweatshirt placed at No. 21, which is a bit strange considering his more popular Odd Future partner Tyler, the Creator isn’t on the list. Compton rapper YG places just three slots below Justin Bieber, which is pretty awesome. Also, Disclosure’s high placement at No. 20 is well-deserved.

    Another revelation comes from relative newcomer Hozier, who proves people really like hunky Irish men with smoky and soulful voices. Who knew! Also surprising is the fact that Joey Bada$$ came in at No. 24, while Chief Keef didn’t even place. Of course, Chance the Rapper isn’t on this list because Acid Rap was never on Spotify.

    In summary: Yup! A lot of people like these acts. Avicii? Miley Cyrus? One Direction? They’re popular. Kids sure do like them.


    Check out the full list below and if you must, stream it.

    Spotify’s Top Artists Under 25:
    01. Avicii
    02. Lorde
    03. Miley Cyrus
    04. One Direction
    05. Taylor Swift
    06. Jason Derulo
    07. Ariana Grande
    08. Hunter Hayes
    09. Rita Ora
    10. Iggy Azalea
    11. Justin Bieber
    12. Sam Smith
    13. Birdy
    14. YG
    15. Zedd
    16. Demi Lovato
    17. The Neighbourhood
    18. Phillip Phillips
    19. John Newman
    20. Disclosure
    21. Earl Sweatshirt
    22. Jake Bugg
    23. Hozier
    24. Joey Bada$$
    25. Sky Ferreira

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