Drake haters choke on their lies as Spotify releases most-streamed artists of 2022
For all of the tough guys who loooove to brag about hating Drake, there sure seem to be a lot of Drake fans out there in the world — so many that the Toronto rapper has, once again, earned the title of Canada's most-streamed artist for the 600,000,000th consecutive year in a row.
Spotify released its highly-anticipated annual Wrapped experience on Wednesday, giving its roughly 456 million listeners (and everybody else in the world) a glimpse into which artists and songs dominated the charts.
Drake took the number one spot in both Canada and the U.S., but was beaten out on the global charts by Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, who was ranked the most-streamed artist globally for the third year in a row for 2022.
Drake showing up on everyone’s apple and Spotify replay stats even though they tweeted all year how much they hate drake pic.twitter.com/TckBpCIvRF— dreams marti could buy (@dmcb__) November 29, 2022
Taylor Swift came in second, globally, giving Drake the bronze medal — though it's significant that audiences in Canada and the U.S. both preferred Drizzy to Swift and any other artist on the planet.
The Weeknd and BTS took spots 4 and 5 globally, though the former artist — also hailing from Toronto — did earn himself the honour of most-streamed album by a Canadian artist with Dawn FM.
You can read all of the breakdowns here if you're interested, but I'd rather talk about Twitter's reaction to the sustained dominance of Drake on individual Spotify Wrapped lists, and the incredulous reactions of so many people who once are stunned that they listened to Mr. Graham more than any other artist.
Drake every year waiting to somehow spawn in my top 1 Spotify wrapped pic.twitter.com/thTqE9f5oY— ‼️🧛㊙️OMAR (@ANGOSTURA97) November 30, 2022
He may have come in third globally, but Drake was the most-listened to artist for many individual users in 2022. Again.
Spotify Wrapped might as well be Drake Wrapped Day. Y'all diss him all year and then he's top 3 on your lists 😭😭😭— Waiting To Oxtail (@ThatDudeMCFLY) November 30, 2022
The annual flood of people questioning "why is Drake on my Wrapped list?" every year has itself become a meme of sorts.
Everyone hate Drake until the Spotify wrapped comes out— Marxist Lynchist🇳🇬 (@dklmarxist) November 4, 2022
TikTok is blowing up with posts about the surprise appearance of Drake on personal most-played lists.
Im convinced #Drake is paying @Spotify to add him to everyone’s top artist for Spotify wrapped. I can think of 20+ artists I listened to more than drake every year but he is ALWAYS in my top 5. #SpotifyWrapped pic.twitter.com/ndKttXqZRE— King K (@dopeshotbro) December 1, 2022
Many seem confused once again to see Drake in their Top 5, but it does make sense that he'd be listened to quite a bit after dropping multiple albums (Honestly, Nevermind and Her Loss) over the past 12 months.
Drake sneaking into my top 5 artists on Spotify again pic.twitter.com/HfxDBawARu— ◽Skywalk FC◽ (@Stu__thfc) November 30, 2022
And yet, despite what the data shows, there are still haters out there who swear they barely listened to Drake in 2022, regardless of what Spotify shows.
I truthfully do not recall listening to drake too much, gotta be some cap in that Spotify wrapped— Sebastian (@seabassdon) December 1, 2022
As one Twitter user so perfectly summed up the phenomenon: "The whole point of Spotify Wrapped is to show you how much Drake you didn't realize you listened to."
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