So, there are in fact other musical artists in the world than Drake (though he took the top, the bottom, No. 11, and No. 18). Cardi B, for instance, showed up at both second and third. The dance tracks “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa and “Solo” by Clean Bandit came in at seventh and eighth, but Spotify points out that the 19-year-old Chicago rapper Juice WRLD might have been this season's real breakout.
"Juice WRLD is undoubtedly the breakout star of the summer,” said Carl Chery, Spotify’s Head of Urban Music in a press release. “His rise was one of the quickest in recent memory but his music has proven to have staying power. His knack for melodies and his willingness to be vulnerable on songs like ‘Lucid Dreams’ connected with his audience in a real way."
Spotify also stressed the global and diverse nature of the list, pointing to “Te Boté – Remix” by Nio Garcia, which between June 1 and August 20 was the most-streamed song in 9 countries.
"The current music landscape is much more diverse than it has ever been, and that's why we're able to witness these smash breakthroughs from an artist like Nio Garcia," said Rocio Guerrero, Spotify's Head of Global Cultures. "Songs like ‘Te Boté’ and 'Asesina' from Brytiago and Darell are connecting to listeners globally. It's not just Latin people listening --there is a captive, worldwide audience fully embracing reggaeton and Latin trap, so it's not surprising to see ‘Te Boté’ find a place at the top of the charts this summer."
We would break down the rest of these, but chances are you know them pretty well already since they're on this list.
Here's a Spotify playlist of all the songs: