Ed Sheeran has come a very long way since his days of busking on the streets of London a few short years ago. He is now a massive global music phenomenon, breaking countless records along the way, including last year, when he was the most streamed artist on Spotify.
“Chuffed to hear that ‘Thinking Out Loud’ has had half a billion plays on Spotify,” said Ed Sheeran upon hearing the news. “Being the first artist to hit that milestone is amazing. Thanks to all the people who use this as a wedding song, soundtrack to a date, and as a way to woo someone into a netflix-and-chill situation.”
Ed Sheeran in Numbers
Here’s more numerical evidence of Sheeran’s impact on the world of music, followed by a map of the world showing where people listen to Ed Sheeran at the highest rates.
- One in four Spotify users listens to Ed Sheeran at least once per month (updated).
- He’s in about 38 million playlists on Spotify.
- His songs have been streamed approximately 2.9 billion times overall here, making him the second-most-streamed artist behind Eminem.
- Some 19 million Spotify users listen to Ed Sheeran each month, giving him the third most worldwide listeners of any artist (behind The Weeknd and Calvin Harris).
We were also wondering where people listen to him the most. By the raw numbers, we found that the United Kingdom contains the highest number of Sheeran listeners, as one might expect. He is a somewhat of a hometown favorite there.
But which country has the highest concentration of “Sheerios,” as Ed calls his fans, on a per capita basis? To get the answer, we looked at 2015 Ed Sheeran listening in countries around the world relative to how many registered Spotify users live in those countries.
The following map audiographic shows Ed Sheeran’s popularity ranked by streams per Spotify user, using our handcrafted “Ed Sheeran Index” (top 20 countries listed below). Click on any country to hear its favorite Ed Sheeran tracks:
Following are the countries where the Ed Sheeran Index is highest (again, we measure this by dividing the number of Ed Sheeran streams in each country by the number of Spotify users there), along with links to their favorite Ed Sheeran songs: