Spotify is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its Hot Country Playlist today (Nov. 24). Since the launch of the playlist in 2015, it has amassed 6 million followers and has seen more than 5 billion streams.
“Spotify has always been thrilled to partner with the country music community and as the genre has grown worldwide over the past five years, we have been honored to play a part in connecting fans with their favorite artists,” said John Marks, Head of Country Music at Spotify. “When we launched Hot Country, our collective goal was to showcase the biggest country hits on Spotify and to be a destination of discovery for country music fans, offering them engaging ways to hear new artists as well as established stars and icons of the genre and we have worked diligently to ensure that Hot Country is a destination today for all things country.”
This month, Spotify is celebrating the five-year anniversary by highlighting some of the artists who have risen to the upper echelons of the playlist:
Maren Morris has been the most-streamed female country artist on the Hot Country Playlist and has consistently ranked in the Top 10 for the most-streamed country artists in 2018-2020. Dan+Shay had the top-streamed country track both in 2019 (“Tequila”) and 2020 (“10,000 Hours,” with Justin Bieber).
Florida Georgia Line has been a fan favorite and remained in the top five for most-streamed country artists since 2015, ranking at number one in 2017 and 2018.
Additionally, Brooks & Dunn saw their streams rise 40% after being added to the Hot Country playlist.
“Working closely and collaboratively with the country community has been a top priority for us and we have continuously looked for opportunities to support artists as well as the industry, whether it is providing a platform for exciting new faces in country music or partnering with legends to help connect with a new generation of fans. From launching our enhanced video content to hosting exclusive live events to giving artists creative freedom to conceptualize fan experiences that both the artists and fans can enjoy, we have been privileged to work with some of the most amazing artists and look forward to continuing to be a trusted partner for the country music community in the years to come,” Marks added.
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