For all the tough guys who like to brag about hating Drake, there sure are plenty of Drake fans out there – so many that the Toronto rapper has once again earned the title of Canada’s most-streamed artist for the 600,000,000th year in a row.
Spotify released its highly anticipated annual Wrapped experience on Wednesday, giving its roughly 456 million listeners (and everyone else around the world) a glimpse of which artists and songs were dominating the charts.
Drake ranked number one in both Canada and the United States, but was beaten on the global charts by Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, who was ranked the world’s most-streamed artist for the third straight year in 2022.
Drake shows up in all Apple and Spotify replay stats despite tweeting how much they hate Drake throughout the year pic.twitter.com/TckBpCIvRF
— Dreams Marti Might Buy (@dmcb__) November 29, 2022
Taylor Swift took second place globally and gave Drake the bronze medal – although it’s telling that audiences in Canada and the US preferred Drizzy Swift to any other artist in the world.
The Weeknd and BTS ranked at #4 and #5 globally, although the former artist – also from Toronto – earned the honor of most-streamed album by a Canadian artist with Dawn FM.
You can read all the breakdowns here if you’re interested, but I’d rather talk about Twitter’s reaction to Drake’s continued dominance of individual Spotify Wrapped lists, and the disbelieving reactions of so many people who were once stunned that they were listening have Mr. Graham more than any other artist.
Drake waits every year to somehow appear in my top 1 Spotify wrapper pic.twitter.com/thTqE9f5oY
— ‼️🧛㊙️OMAR (@ANGOSTURA97) November 30, 2022
He may have finished third globally, but Drake was the most listened to artist in 2022 for many individual users. Once again.
Spotify Wrapped might as well be Drake Wrapped Day. You diss him all year and then he’s top 3 on your lists 😭😭😭
— Waiting for Oxtail (@ThatDudeMCFLY) November 30, 2022
The annual spate of people wondering, “Why is Drake on my Wrapped list?” Each year has become a kind of meme itself.
Everyone hates Drake until the Spotify wrap comes out
— Marxist Lynchist🇳🇬 (@dklmarxist) November 4, 2022
TikTok is exploding with posts about Drake’s surprise appearance on personal lists with the most games.
I’m convinced #Drake is paying @Spotify to add him to Everyone’s Top Artist for Spotify Wrapped. I can think of 20+ artists I’ve listened to more than Drake each year, but he’s ALWAYS in my top 5. #SpotifyWrapped pic.twitter.com/ndKttXqZRE
— King K (@dopeshotbro) December 1, 2022
Many seem confused yet again to see Drake in their top 5, but it makes sense that he’s been listened to quite a bit having released multiple albums (Honestly, Nevermind and Her Loss) in the last 12 months.
Drake creeps back into my top 5 artists on Spotify 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’ve barely heard Drake in 2022, regardless of what Spotify shows.
I honestly don’t recall listening to much Drake, must be a cap in this Spotify
— 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 heard.”