An Even Closer Look at Country Music’s Streaming Numbers

After writing up my piece on the success of the few in country music today actually embracing streaming, I decided to take an even closer look at the numbers to present an even better look at the genre. Since Spotify is the only platform open with their data and numbers, I will be using data from their platform. Listed below are the number of monthly listeners for 110 artists in country music. They cover a wide spectrum of the genre from past to present, mainstream to independent to give an accurate cross-section of how country music streams. They’re listed in order of highest to lowest listeners per month (numbers in millions unless otherwise noted).

  1. Florida Georgia Line – 12.8
  2. Maren Morris – 12.6
  3. Sam Hunt – 6.4
  4. Johnny Cash – 6.4
  5. Thomas Rhett – 6.3
  6. Dan + Shay – 5.9
  7. Jason Aldean – 5.5
  8. Luke Bryan – 5.5
  9. Keith Urban – 5.1
  10. Kane Brown – 4.9
  11. Kenny Chesney – 4.9
  12. Luke Combs – 4.8
  13. Blake Shelton – 4.6
  14. Dolly Parton – 4.4
  15. Zac Brown Band – 4.3
  16. Eric Church – 4.1
  17. Dierks Bentley – 4.1
  18. Rascal Flatts – 4.0
  19. Dustin Lynch – 4.0
  20. Darius Rucker – 4.0
  21. Carrie Underwood – 3.9
  22. Old Dominion – 3.9
  23. Tim McGraw – 3.9
  24. Chris Young – 3.8
  25. Cole Swindell – 3.8
  26. Jon Pardi – 3.7
  27. Chris Stapleton – 3.5
  28. Jake Owen – 3.4
  29. Brett Young – 3.3
  30. Lady Antebellum – 3.0
  31. Rodney Atkins – 2.8
  32. Alan Jackson – 2.6
  33. Morgan Wallen – 2.6
  34. LANCO – 2.6
  35. Russell Dickerson – 2.6
  36. Chase Rice – 2.6
  37. Josh Turner – 2.5
  38. Jordan Davis – 2.5
  39. Willie Nelson – 2.4
  40. Kelsea Ballerini – 2.4
  41. Brett Eldredge – 2.4
  42. George Strait – 2.3
  43. Brantley Gilbert – 2.3
  44. Little Big Town – 2.3
  45. Brooks & Dunn – 2.1
  46. Miranda Lambert – 2.1
  47. Brothers Osborne – 2.1
  48. Randy Houser – 2.0
  49. LeAnn Rimes – 1.9
  50. Kip Moore – 1.8
  51. Kacey Musgraves – 1.7
  52. Midland – 1.7
  53. Dixie Chicks – 1.6
  54. Dylan Scott – 1.6
  55. Justin Moore – 1.6
  56. Travis Tritt – 1.5
  57. Faith Hill – 1.5
  58. Sugarland – 1.4
  59. Mitchell Tenpenny – 1.4
  60. Chris Janson – 1.4
  61. Waylon Jennings – 1.3
  62. Alabama – 1.3
  63. Danielle Bradbery – 1.3
  64. Easton Corbin – 1.3
  65. Jerrod Niemann – 1.3
  66. Linda Ronstadt – 1.2
  67. Walker Hayes – 1.2
  68. Hank Williams Jr. – 1.1
  69. Merle Haggard – 1.0
  70. Lauren Alaina – 1.0
  71. Gary Allan – 1.0
  72. Alison Krauss – 1.0
  73. Emmylou Harris – 1.0
  74. Clint Black – 910,070
  75. Dwight Yoakam – 905,476
  76. Reba McEntire – 888,062
  77. Jamey Johnson – 885,822
  78. Jo Dee Messina – 824,219
  79. Carly Pearce – 791,799
  80. Kris Kristofferson – 769,426
  81. Cody Johnson – 746,301
  82. Trisha Yearwood – 733,258
  83. Cody Jinks – 725,912
  84. Maddie & Tae – 662,298
  85. Aaron Watson – 630,905
  86. Josh Abbott Band – 628,100
  87. Hank Williams – 621,728
  88. Lee Ann Womack – 617,337
  89. Patty Loveless – 577,957
  90. Sammy Kershaw – 570,943
  91. Tyler Childers – 555,986
  92. Sturgill Simpson – 536,202
  93. Loretta Lynn – 482,320
  94. Turnpike Troubadours – 469,565
  95. Blackberry Smoke – 468,455
  96. Randy Rogers Band – 419,794
  97. Drake White – 414,573
  98. Wheeler Walker Jr. – 393,758
  99. Gretchen Wilson – 393,311
  100. Colter Wall – 385,205
  101. Tanya Tucker – 374,499
  102. The Judds – 292,489
  103. Wade Bowen – 288,212
  104. Ashley McBryde – 277,619
  105. Whitey Morgan and the 78s – 237,902
  106. William Michael Morgan – 204,518
  107. Lindi Ortega – 163,118
  108. Margo Price – 153,908
  109. Nikki Lane – 146,890
  110. Paul Cauthen – 145,392

 

Notes

  • Something interesting that immediately caught my eyes is where the most listeners for each artist come from. The vast majority of artist’s top five cities were Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Houston. Some notable exceptions…
  • Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Jordan Davis, Morgan Wallen, Jake Owen, Margo Price, Danielle Bradbery, Russell Dickerson, Chase Rice, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band and Mitchell Tenpenny, all have the same list except replace Houston with New York City.
  • Maren Morris’ top five cities are London, Quezon City, Philippines; Los Angeles, Chicago and Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Alan Jackson’s top five cities are Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago and Oslo, Norway.
  • Lady Antebellum’s top five cities are Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris’ top five cities are London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway.
  • Kris Kristofferson and Alison Krauss’ top five cities are Oslo, Norway; Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta.
  • Linda Ronstadt’s top five cities are Mexico City, Los Angeles, Chicago, London and New York City.
  • LeAnn Rimes’ top five cities are London, Quezon City, Philippines; Jakarta, Indonesia; Makati City, Philippines and Los Angeles.
  • Johnny Cash’s top five cities are London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Oslo, Norway.
  • Randy Rogers Band and Wade Bowen’s top five cities are Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth.
  • Aaron Watson, Turnpike Troubadours and Cody Johnson’s top five cities are Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta and Austin.
  • Josh Abbott Band’s top five cities are Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Austin and San Antonio.
  • Blackberry Smoke’s top five cities are Dallas, Atlanta, London, Chicago and Houston.
  • If an artist didn’t make the list above, it was simply because I chose to stop at 110,00 and wanted to provide a variety of artists across several decades of country music. Some did not make it though because they have less than 100,000 monthly listeners and I chose to not to include these artists.
  • One thing to keep in mind when looking at these numbers is the amount of variables involved in amount of monthly listeners. High-profile features can give a nice boost. Some artists have huge catalogs that can help them have a bunch of monthly listeners, but not necessarily have something from their current album streaming well. One hit can carry an artist’s almost entire streaming numbers, while some have their numbers spread evenly.
  • The Billboard Country Streaming Songs chart factors in Apple Music, Google Play, YouTube and other streaming platforms. Some artists do better on certain platforms and worse on others.
  • Eight of the top 15 artists on this list are ones I mentioned previously as embracing streaming. Brett Young is the lowest of those artists on the list at #29.
  • One last thing: All of these numbers are public data. I’m simply the messenger organizing these numbers into a readable list. Feel free to go on Spotify and see the numbers for yourself and check out any artist I did not mention.