Spotify Reveals The Top 20 Women Dominating Music In 2019

March 8, 2019


In celebration of International Women’s Day, it’s only right to acknowledge the females who are dominating the music scene. In the words of Rah Digga, Eve, and Sonja Blade, “Do my ladies run this motherf*ker… HELL YEAH!”


Today, Spotify has revealed the female-centric streaming numbers, stretching from January to March 1st to highlight the twenty most popular female artists on both a national and global level spotlighting the current musical climate.


To no surprise, Ariana Grande is holding down the top spot in both categories following her rise to chart and headline dominance with the release of her “Thank U, Next” album. To help put things in perspective, Grande has 56 million monthly listeners, while Drake has a little over 42 million, and Eminem with a little over 29 million. Rounding up the top five, next up is Billie Eilish, Halsey, Cardi B, and Taylor Swift.


Despite having more monthly listeners than Billie and Swift, and nearly surpassing Cardi’s impressive 33 million, Nicki Minaj sits at number six. The fact that Nicki's last major release (excluding "Dumb Blonde") came with last August's Queen, her placement speaks as a legacy act.


Take a look at the full list below, which serves as a measuring instrument of today's most popular leading ladies. Given their relative youth in the game, Halsey, Cardi, and Eilish appear to be hitting their stride. There's also a big look for Kehlani, who sits comfortably inside the top ten, at least in the U.S. The worldwide numbers paint a slightly different picture, though the key players largely remain the same.

Happy international women's day, and be sure to show some respect to the ladies in your life!


U.S Top 20

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Halsey

4. Cardi B

5. Taylor Swift

6. Nicki Minaj

7. Lady Gaga

8. Rihanna

9. Kehlani

10. Camila Cabello

11. Dua Lipa

12. Selena Gomez

13. Bebe Rexha

14. Beyonce

15. Ella Mai

16. Demi Lovato

17. SZA

18. Julia Michaels

19. Sia

20. Lana Del Rey


Worldwide Top 20

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Lady Gaga

4. Halsey

5. Dua Lipa

6. Taylor Swift

7. Rihanna

8. Cardi B

9. Selena Gomez

10. Nicki Minaj

11. Sia

12. Bebe Rexha

13. Karol G

14. Camila Cabello

15. Anne-Marie

16. Becky G

17. Beyoncé

18. Demi Lovato

19. Miley Cyrus

20. Adele


Take a listen to Spotify’s ‘Women Of Hip Hop’ playlist below.

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