DUBAI: Audio streaming service Spotify has released its annual Wrapped campaign, which includes a roundup of the most popular artists, songs, albums and podcasts streamed in each country over the past year, as well as a personalized experience for each user based on their own activity on the platform during that time.
“Wrapped is such an exciting time of the year where we celebrate the role music and podcasts play in soundtracking our lives,” said Mark Abou Jaoude, Spotify’s head of music.
“This year, once again, we saw how open Saudi listeners are to different genres of music and it was great to see local artists making huge splashes.”
Canadian superstar The Weeknd topped the list of the most-streamed artists in Saudi Arabia, followed by Taylor Swift and K-Pop group BTS. Another Canadian, Drake, was fourth, followed by veteran rapper Eminem. Billie Eilish, The Neighbourhood, Justin Bieber, Imagine Dragons and Lana Del Rey completed the top 10.
Local artists experienced a growth in listeners, Spotify said, with Abdullah Al-Farwan the most-streamed Saudi performer in the country, followed by Abdul Majeed Abdullah and Sheilat artist Badr Al-Ezzi.
Spotify reported that there has been a massive growth in the popularity of Sheilat, lyrically driven folkloric songs, in recent years. According to 2021 data from the company, 80 percent of Sheilat listeners on the platform stream the music while they are gaming. This year, the top 10 list of most-streamed Saudi artists included a higher number of Sheilat singers, including Ghareeb Al-Mukhles, Fahad bin Fasla, Abdullah Al-Mukhles, and Mohammed bin Grman, alongside popular household names such as Abdul Majeed Abdullah, Mohammed Abdu and Rashed Al-Majed.
Most-streamed Saudi artists in Saudi Arabia
Abdul Majeed Abdullah
Khaled Abdul Rahman
Fahad Bin Fasla
Mohammed Bin Grman
In terms of the year’s most-popular songs, “Ya Ibn Khamash” by Mohammed Al-Najm is the most-streamed Khaleeji track in Saudi Arabia this year. Assala Nasri and Badr Al-Ezzi each have two songs in the top 10: “Henain” and “Al-Sourah” from the former, and “Kalemni” and “Zikrayat” from the latter.
Most-streamed Khaleeji songs in Saudi Arabia
“Ya Ibn Khamash” by Mohammed Al-Najm
“Kalemni” by Badr Al-Ezzi
“Henain” by Assala Nasri
“Al-Sourah” by Assala Nasri
“Ghazal Ma Yensady” by Abdul Majeed Abdallah
“Shoft El-Nejoum” by Lamiya Almalki
“Qalby Jobarny” by Yasser Abdul Wahab
“Ashofak Kil Youm” by Mohamed Abdu
“Adaaj Oyoun” by Majd Al-Raslani
“Zikrayat” by Badr Al-Ezzi
Most-streamed songs in Saudi Arabia
“Another Love” by Tom Odell
“As It Was” by Harry Styles
“Middle of the Night” by Elley Duhe
“Enemy” by Imagine Dragons featuring J.I.D.
“Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
“Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood
“After Dark” by Mr. Kitty
“Close Eyes” by DVRST
“Save Your Tears” by The Weeknd
“Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X featuring Jack Harlow
A number of educational, motivational and cultural podcasts also proved very popular with Spotify listeners in Saudi Arabia this year, including “Kanabet El-Sebt,” “Finjan” and “Podcast Tanafuss.”
Most popular podcasts in Saudi Arabia:
Spotify users can access their personalized Wrapped experience on the platform’s mobile app now.