2019: The Year in Streaming, Search, and Sex

It was a weird year. And not just that a Canadian tops the streaming charts, the Raptors were the most searched term, or that the world’s biggest porn site reports Grandma watches for longer than her grandkids.

2019 in Music

Let’s look back at music of 2019. Spotify is notorious from having AMAZING analytics at the end of every year. So what did everyone listen to this year?


  1. Post Malone claimed the spot of most-s­treamed artist with over 6.5 billion str­eams from fans around the globe.
  2. The second-most-s­treamed artist of the year is 17-year-old singer-songwriter and first time Grammy nominee Billie Eil­ish, surpassing 6 bi­llion streams. Billie is the first female artist to have her album top the Wrapp­ed most-streamed alb­um category. Her dark staccato hit “bad guy” also ranks as the second-most-strea­med song of the year.
  3. Rounding out the top 5 streamed artis­ts for 2019 were Ari­ana Grande, Ed Sheer­an, and Bad Bunny


  1. As far as songs are concerned, the num­ber one spot went to “Senorita” by Picke­ring, ON native, Shawn Mendes and Camilla Ca­bello with over 1 bi­llion streams
  2. The rest of the top five streamed son­gs were “bad guy” by Billie Eilish, “Sun­flower” by Post Malo­ne, “7 rings” by Ari­ana Grande, and the year’s fifth-most-st­reamed track came fr­om Lil Nas X and Bil­ly Ray Cyrus with “O­ld Town Road.”
  3. Missing quite a bit of rock, no? Well, there’s one saving grace, the top streamed song that was not relea­sed this decade was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.


This year was a big one for podcast gro­wth on Spotify. There are now more than 500,000 podcast titl­es available, and th­eir podcast audience has grown by more than 50% since the start of the year. The­y’ve also seen a 39% increase in podcast hours consumed by listeners quarter over quarter. People are clearly loving pod­casts, tuning in the most to Spotify Ori­ginal “The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal”, followed by “My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgari­ff and Georgia Hards­tark” and Germany’s “Gemischtes Hack”. The most-streamed podcast genre of 2019 was comedy.

2019 in… Porn?

Another service that’s unreal with their analytics and insights is none other than PornHub. And recently, they’ve released their lookback at the year. So here’s what we saw.

In 2019 there were over 42 Billion visits to Pornhub, which means there was an average of 115 million visits per day. One-Hundred. Fifteen. Million. – that’s the equivalent of the populations of Canada, Australia, Poland, and the Netherlands all visiting in one day!

  1. Most used words in comments: “good”, “like”, “love”, “sexy”, “pretty”, “nice”
  2. There was 6,597 Petabytes of data transferred. If you copied all that data onto hard drives, it would reach 100KM to the edge of space
  3. Every minute, there was an average of 2.8 hours of content uploaded to Pornhub – that means that every 9 minutes or so, an entire days’ worth of video was uploaded to Pornhub
  4. The most popular search terms in 2019 were:
    1. Amateur
    2. Alien
    3. POV
    4. Belle Delphine
    5. Cosplay
    6. Mature
    7. Bisexual
    8. Apex Legends
    9. ASMR
    10. Femdom
  5. The top countries by traffic were:
    1. United States
    2. Japan
    3. United Kingdom
    4. Canada
    5. France
    6. Germany
    7. Italy
    8. Philippines
    9. Australia
    10. Mexico
  6. In 2019, the average visit to the site was 10 minutes 28 seconds. With the longest-lasting visits coming from Thailand (11 mins 21 secs), Philippines (11 mins 9 secs), Netherlands (10 mins 38 secs), United States (10 mins 36 secs), and Canada (10 mins 23 secs.)

Ok, that’s quite enough of that.

2019 in Search

On top of this trend of defining the year behind us, Google let us into their hive to see what happened in search terms this year with an unbelievable touching video montage. So what did people search for?

The video started out with a bang. “What kind of superheroes are there?”, “people with superpowers”, “unsung heroes”, “unlikely heroes”, and “sheroes” among many other hero-related search terms. It’s clear the year was met with a lot of people either looking for help, or praising it. So, here are the trends that inspired the video:

  1. “I love you 3000” was a global breakout search on love this year, coming from Iron Man’s fate in Avengers: Endgame
  2. Yay for women! “Captain Marvel” was globally searched five times more than “Captain America” in March
  3. U.S. search interest in “how to become a first responder” hit an all-time high after Hurricane Dorian in struck the Bahamas
  4. Canada searched for “ski lift rescue” more than any other country this year
  5. On October 12 in Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge became the first runner to complete a marathon in under two hours. His name was one of the top global marathon searches this year
  6. Global search interest peaked on April 10th, 2019 when the image of the Black Hole was released
  7. Tennis player Nicolas Mahut’s son rushed across the court to comfort him after a tough loss. His name search interest peaked almost immediately
  8. Searches for Arya Stark hit an all-time high after Game of Thrones’ episode 3 debuted
  9. “when do babies talk” peaked on June 8, 2019, the same day D.J. Pryor’s video went viral. His video talking to his baby son saw more than 62 millions views
  10. Interest for artist Lizzo peaked this year, after her song “Truth Hurts” was featured in the Netflix movie, “Someone Great”
  11. Global searches for “climate change” hit an all-time high this year
  12. The world mourned the loss of literary giant Toni Morrison this year. She was 39 when she published her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” and later became the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for her novel “Beloved.” Her name was searched at an all-time high this year
  13. Search interest in “triple-double” spiked +450% globally the day after Simone Biles’ record-breaking floor routine
  14. “selma blair ms” was a top trending search on multiple sclerosis this year
  15. And to come around full circle back to music, the top trending song in the United States in 2019 was “Old Town Road.”

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