How did rock bands do on Spotify in 2021?

If you look at the top 200 streaming songs on Spotify, they are overwhelmingly from the worlds of hip-hop, rap, R&B, and pop. But just like rock fans shouldn’t get hung up on what’s on Billboard’s Hot 100 (or more specifically, the rock songs that aren’t there), we can’t get bent out of shape over what we see at the top of the Spotify streaming charts.

Cameron Gordon over at Completely Ignored took a look at what rock acts did with Spotify streams this year. Note that the top streamers are almost exclusively heritage artists.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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