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Metal Bands Compared by Spotify Monthly Listeners, November 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 November are now in. A smaller number of bands — 146 of the total 355 listed — saw an increase in monthly listenership than in previous months, bucking a recent four-month trend in which the majority of artists saw increases. Still, many bands saw significant rises in streaming numbers including, as usual, those with new albums out and those who released the first single from upcoming albums. Meanwhile, the biggest drops came from artists whose albums (or first singles) came out the month prior.

Some of the biggest gainers in the metal world over the past month included (sorted by chart position):

  • Insane Clown Posse (46.52%)
  • Misfits (25.43%)
  • Arch Enemy (36.83%)
  • Knocked Loose (57.30%)
  • Veil of Maya (37.20%)
  • The Browning (46.90%)
  • Enslaved (35.00%)
  • Wednesday 13 (38.45%)
  • Pelican (28.77%)
  • Alluvial (26.10%)
  • Exhumed (46.48%)
  • Primitive Man (22.10%)
  • Imperial Triumphant (21.71%)

Artists who saw the biggest drops (sorted by chart position):

  • Animals as Leaders (-20.84%)
  • Insomnium (-22.33%)
  • Rivers of Nihil (-23.47%)
  • Aborted (-34.93%)
  • Cynic (-30.99%)
  • Gatecreeper (-41.86%)
  • Aephanemer (-21.71%)
  • Dark the Suns (-25.75%)

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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