Spotify: Top 20 Most Streamed Rock Bands of 2017

Globally and in the States alone.

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Spotify: Top 20 Most Streamed Rock Bands of 2017

Spotify shared its list of this year's most streamed rock acts thus far, unveiling global stats and numbers focusing on the US alone.

You can check out the rundowns below via The PRP.

Top 20 most streamed artists of 2017 on Spotify (worldwide)

20. Kings of Leon
19. The 1975
18. The Rolling Stones
17. Nirvana
16. Guns N' Roses
15. Paramore
14. Blink-182
13. Pink Floyd
12. AC/DC
11. Green Day
10. Fall Out Boy
9. Queen
8. Arctic Monkeys
7. Metallica
6. Panic! At the Disco
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. Linkin Park
3. The Beatles
2. Twenty One Pilots
1. Coldplay

Top 20 most streamed artists of 2017 on Spotify (US only)

20. Three Days Grace
19. Mumford & Sons
18. Arctic Monkeys
17. Pink Floyd
16. AC/DC
15. Led Zeppelin
14. Queen
13. Five Finger Death Punch
12. Paramore
11. The 1975
10. Green Day
9. Metallica
8. Blink-182
7. Linkin Park
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Fall Out Boy
4. The Beatles
3. Panic! At the Disco
2. Coldplay
1. Twenty One Pilots

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    Is it bad I don't know what Twenty One Pilots is? 
    Not at all.  Found out who they were a few months ago, gave them a listen, and haven't listened since.
    Their early stuff is better. Suburban rock infused hip-hop. It's for the faint of heart.
    Refused to listen to them because every teenager who liked them wrote every goddamn O as an Ø, and that really confused my Norwegian ass. I did eventually listen through all their albums. I'm not one who pays much attention to lyrics, so I guess I missed some potentially "cringe-worthy" lyrics. I liked the song "Fairly Local" there's something about the vibe of it I like. Their music is very far from rock and metal though
    Weird. I didnt realize coldplay was so popular. They are kinda boring.
    It's really good for the times when you want to cry and masturbate in the shower.
    Their first 2-4 albums is all good, pretty music. After that, they are pretty much a pop act.
    Kinda?  Try extremely.  I've tried and tried to like them but just can't.  No substance for me.
    A Rush Of Blood To The Head is a fantastic album. Everything went downhill from there, tough.
    I mean, Everything's Not Lost is incredible and they have a couple of other good songs, but other than that, not for me
    There people paying 7€ each month to listen to Coldplay without ads. Scary.
    I am shocked by Panic! At the Disco in the top 20 let alone top! 10 or TOP! 3 (USA)
    IKR, like have they actually done anything since 2006?
    They just put out an album last year and it hit #1 on the billboard charts. Panic's bigger now than they (Brendon) were before.
    If it is not sarcasm, yup, they (and actually just Brendon) relased 4 albums. I recommend you to listen to Pretty Odd. A lot of Beatles vibe. Then Vices & Virtues is interesting pop rock, just for fun. But after that is just pop, meh pop.
    I have a 14 year old daughter and Panic! and 21 Pilots are her favorite bands. These bands are more popular with kids than people realize and my kid would kill you if you called them ROCK music. Panic! is a pop band and 21 Pilots is basically a pop/hip-hop band. 
    The only thing that makes me happy about Twenty One Pilots being #1 is that they probably only made about 21 cents as a result of it.  Thanks, Spotify!
    Glad to see AM on the list, but quite amazed there is no Foo Fighters
    If the media didn't have a Dave Grohl article and interview every chance they get, then that band would probably not still be around.  I just don't find them to be that interesting at all.  
    Sonic Highways was an big letdown to me at least. An interesting documentary, but the songs took a backseat to the concept. The stuff that's been coming out lately has been good from what I've heard, though. High hopes on the new record.
    So glad to see Arctic Monkeys up there, even though I know most of the streams come from their last album, which, honestly, was a huge downgrade from FWN or Humbug (who hasn't listened to Humbug yet, be sure to do so, for me one of the best rock albums ever made, but that might be influenced by the fact that I'm a huge fan of Alex's cryptic poetry.)
    Humbug inspired UG username here lol. Mostly agree, except AM was a natural progression for them after SIAS. They needed a reinvigoration after SIAS (Really good album too though). Humbug is still my personal favorite. It's Desert indie-rock with the lyrical genius of Alex Turner and had Josh Homme's seal of approval, can't beat that.
    Fair play to The 1975. Don't rate them at all but they're doing something right. 
    Are Coldplay a rock band? Are Coldplay a band at all? Arent they just a sigh in musical form? Do they even exist?  So bland they could dilute water.
    'Rock ain't dead, you just gotta research a bit' Damn. Look at this fucking list. There are a couple of bands who are less than 20 years old.  Rock itself might not be dead, but mainstream rock sure is. And don't give me that 'mainstream isn't important'. How did you start playing the guitar? By hearing some obscure local band, or listening to one of those 'irrelevant' mainstream ones? Future sure is bleak.
    You're kind of missing a lot of points.
    How so?
    So, the rock ain't dead you just have to research claim is 100% true. It's a whole different planet now from pre-internet days. You're never going to have another band dominate the industry like the Beatles, or a scene like Metallica again. They're like the Bible and every subsequent band is a denomination. Those bands will always be in the top grouping. Many musicians start learning guitar by listening to music that's not in the top selling artist category. I mean, Led Zeppelin doesn't even make the worldwide list! Think about Sabbath, SRV, the Ramones, Chuck Berry... there are a ton of first guitar bands people cite that are huge in their niche or are massively well known, but can still be considered outside the mainstream.
    It's hard to start, 1 is that rock isn't in the mainstream. Mainstream rock radio plays what appeals to people who also listen to top 40 stations, which is where you get bands like 21 Pilots dominating the radio scene. Not being in the top 20 doesn't make a hand unsuccessful, and not being mainstream doesn't make you obscure, either. The bulk of popular rock has sucked since like 1975, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, and Poison are huge. Rock fans have this category of fan who are very interested in physical copies, which will affect streaming, not to mention that pop music will always be popular. The 20+ year old bands are at a huge advantage because they touched their OG fans, current music deviates from them as a source, and new fans get into them, too. It's not as if their new material is what's getting streamed. I personally started playing music because of Temple of the Dog and the Raconteurs, which are hugely successful and respected bands, but all bands are bound to have more people hate them than love them. Deep Purple, I bet is nowhere near his list, but what's everyone's first song? Not to mention that the recording industry really isn't behind rock music, with the exception of these classic acts that have basically become a brand more than a band. So a lot of successful rock bands today are successful in that they have a career in music and sustain themselves.
    Your argument is kinda all over the place... Nirvana and pretty much all the 90s bands deviated from what was popular both in the mainstream and in the rock scene at the time. So did Nu metal, respectively. The point I'm trying to make is we don't have that anymore. As much as most of nu metal sucked, it still drew a lotta people in. A lot of nowadays metalheads got into metal through something like Limp Bizkit. We don't have that anymore. I believe rock has lost its steam. Rock musicians and fans have manufactured this bubble, a safe place of sorts and they're wont to leave that comfort zone and try to reach new fans through rock.  Pop has always been and always will be strong. Lowest common denominator and all that jazz. 
    Like I said, it's hard to start, because there are so many angles to attack it, which is why I made the one briefer comment. There are definitely subgroups that deviate from what's popular on rock stations; Alabama Shakes, Fleet Foxes, and Tame Impala are great examples.
    I don't disagree with who's on there, but I'm a little surprised with some of their rankings. Coldplay in particular...
    Th-Three Days Grace? Yeah okay. Put America alone and you get shit like this. That's a band I always think of as something people who don't really know anything about music and only listen to radio say when they say they like "rock".
    Man I would've expected avenged sevenfold cuz the stage was a huge hit. And I don't know anyone who even considers twenty one pilots rock
    What the hell is The 1975?!  Other than the answer to the Jeopardy question: "What year did cases of hepatitis B spike?"
    21 Pilots and Panic at the Disco are considered rock? Since when? Arctic Monkeys are more like easy listening and they are closer to rock than the other two...
    Wait until those bands come looking for their hypothetical money!