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Metal Bands Compared by Spotify Monthly Listeners, June 2021 Rankings


Every month we take a look at Spotify’s ‘monthly listeners’ counts for several hundred metal bands and compare them side by side to gauge their relative popularity at any given moment. For more on why we’re doing this column and the methodology behind it, read this.

The numbers for June are in, and they show a somewhat more tempered growth pattern than recent months, with just under half (163) of the 345 artists listed showing increases in listenership month over month from May. The vast majority of artists listed have seen their streaming numbers rise throughout most of the first half of 2021.

Some of the biggest gainers in the metal world over the past month included:

  • Mastodon (21.33%)
  • Spiritbox (39.70%)
  • Yngwie Malmsteen (42.51%)
  • Born of Osiris (33.63%)
  • Vola (41.20%)
  • At the Gates (24.59%)
  • Sleep (35.45%)
  • Author & Punisher (56.59%)
  • The Red Chord (28.08%)

Artists who saw the biggest drops:

  • Blaze Bayley (-29.04%)
  • Dark the Suns (-34.05%)
  • Cannibal Corpse (-16.99%)
  • Imperial Triumphant (-16.23%)

These rankings, it must be stated, are not comprehensive: the bands included on our list were chosen manually, and it is absolutely the case that many bands aren’t included (please email [email protected] if you’d like to see them added next month). For that reason, we haven’t numbered these rankings: to do so would disingenuously give the appearance this is a comprehensive list, which it is not.

You can view the most recent chart numbers, along with the entire history of these charts, in the embed below or here.

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