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Tamara Davison

Spotify Wrapped 2023: What were the biggest streaming hits this year?

Spotify Wrapped is back with a bang this year, bringing its listeners a taste of their favourite music of 2023.

From the top artists to the most played tunes, Spotify Wrapped is billed as the perfect way for the platform's 574 million users to reflect on their year through music.

This year, Spotify bosses released the Wrapped feature on November 29, meaning music fans have over a month to enjoy their personalised 2023 playlist. Listeners can tune in through the Spotify app and online to unlock the new features.

Spotify Unwrapped 2023 is also going one step further, bringing Wrapped to life in London. On November 30, some of Spotify's biggest artists will play in a live show for their fans.

The performance will also be broadcast live on TikTok, so fans worldwide can tune into SpotifyUK to celebrate the year's most popular artists.

But who are the most played musicians of 2023 in the UK? Let's find out.

Spotify releases Wrapped 2023 (Spotify)

What were Spotify's biggest hits in 2023?

According to Spotify's records, here are the biggest artists and tracks that have been played in the UK and globally in 2023.

Most streamed artists in the UK:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Drake
  3. The Weeknd
  4. Arctic Monkeys
  5. Ed Sheeran

Most streamed songs in the UK:

  1. Sprinter - Dave and Central Cee
  2. Miley Cyrus - Flowers
  3. SZA - Kill Bill
  4. PinkPantheress - Boy’s a liar Pt. 2
  5. RAYE - Escapism feat. 070 Shake.

Most streamed albums in the UK:

  1. Midnights, - Taylor Swift
  2. SOS - SZA
  3. Harry’s House - Harry Styles
  4. AM - Arctic Monkeys
  5. Lover - Taylor Swift

Most streamed podcasts in the UK

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett
  3. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  4. Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
  5. Call Her Daddy

Most streamed artists globally:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Bad Bunny
  3. The Weeknd
  4. Drake
  5. Peso Pluma
  6. Feid
  7. Travis Scott
  8. SZA
  9. Karol G
  10. Lana Del Rey

Most streamed songs globally:

  1. Flowers - Miley Cyrus
  2. Kill Bill - SZA
  3. As It Was - Harry Styles
  4. Seven (feat. Latto) - Jung Kook
  5. Ella Baila Sola - Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma
  6. Cruel Summer - Taylor Swift
  7. Creepin' (with The Weeknd & 21 Savage) - Metro Boomin, The Weeknd, 21 Savage
  8. Calm Down (with Selena Gomez) - Rema, Selena Gomez
  9. Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53 - Bizarrap, Shakira
  10. Anti-Hero - Taylor Swift

Most streamed albums globally:

  1. Un Verano Sin Ti - Bad Bunny
  2. Midnights - Taylor Swift
  3. SOS - SZA
  4. Starboy - The Weeknd

Who is playing at Wrapped Live in London?

Taking place from 8.30pm on November 30, Wrapped Live promises to celebrate some of the biggest music moments of 2023.

It will be broadcast live on TikTok and be hosted by Harriet Rose, Big Zuu, Max Balegde and shxtngigs. Click here to join the livestream.

Artists that fans can expect to see at the event include Sam Smith, Chase & Status, Charli XCX, Kenya Grace, Strandz, Raye and Libianca.

New Spotify Wrapped features for 2023

As well as plenty of music, Spotify is also unlocking many new features this year.

This includes a 'Me in 2023' character that is assigned to you based on the way you listen on Spotify. Moreover, the Sound Town feature matches you to a city based on your listening preferences.

Spotify's new AI DJ and Blend buttons will also help listeners make the most out of their Wrapped playlists.

Wrapped fan favorites are returning, including Top 5 Genres, Top 5 Artists, and personalised messages from some of your top artists.

For more information, check out our ultimate guide to the new features.

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