Linkin Park Have the Most-Streamed Heavy Album of All Time on Spotify


Ever wondered how various artists from throughout the metal and hard rock communities stack up against one another when it comes to YouTube views, Apple Music streams, pure album sales, ticket sales (back when those were a thing… and when they become so again) and other metrics? Stream N’ Destroy is a newsletter that features all of those things and then some. Compiled by metal journalist and manager Ryan J. Downey, Stream N’ Destroy, which arrives a couple of times a week, has quickly become one of our most anticipated reads the moment it hits our inbox.

The most recent Stream N’ Destroy newsletter, which arrived last Friday (April 28), highlights some all-time streaming figures, including those on the world’s largest audio streaming platform, Spotify. This list of albums was hand-assembled by Downey to include only metal, punk and hard rock bands, and only studio albums are eligible; no live records, compilations, greatest hits packages, box sets, 7” EPs, demos, or any other configurations are considered.

Have a look at the first 30 entries of the chart below.

Spotify’s 150 Most-Streamed
Hard Rock, Metal, Punk(ish) Albums

  1. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory (2000) 2.67 billion streams
  2. Nirvana, Nevermind (1991) 2.62 billion streams
  3. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction (1987) 2.4B
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Californication (1999) 2.2B
  5. Queen, A Night at the Opera (1975) 2.1B
  6. Linkin Park, Meteora (2003) 2.08B
  7. Metallica, Metallica (1991) 2.04B
  8. Panic! At The Disco, Pray for the Wicked (2018) 1.9B
  9. AC/DC, Back in Black (1980) 1.88B
  10. Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor (2016) 1.81B
  11. System Of A Down, Toxicity (2001) 1.76B
  12. My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade (2006) 1.75B
  13. Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/American Psycho (2015) 1.71B
  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium (2006) 1.71B
  15. Pink Floyd, The Wall (1979) 1.69B
  16. Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet (1986) 1.61B
  17. Queen, The Game (1980) 1.52B
  18. Green Day, American Idiot (2004) 1.48B
  19. Queen, Jazz (1978) 1.43B
  20. Red Hot Chili Peppers, By the Way (2002) 1.37B
  21. Blink-182, Enema of the State (1999) 1.34B
  22. Journey, Escape (1981) 1.29B
  23. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) 1.29B
  24. Linkin Park, Minutes to Midnight (2007) 1.25B
  25. Queen, News of the World (1977) 1.25B
  26. Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll (2013) 1.23B
  27. Green Day, Dookie (1994) 1.21B
  28. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) 1.19B
  29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971) 1.18B
  30. Pearl Jam, Ten (1991) 1.18B

For the rest of the list, which includes 139 albums, and for more charts and lists piped into your inbox on a regular basis, sign up for Stream N’ Destroy right here.

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