SALT LAKE CITY — As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, it seems unlikely that large concerts will be coming back any time soon. Not only is that disappointing for fans, but it's also devastating for musicians whose livelihoods are based on ticket sales.
Fortunately, artists can still make money from streaming services — even if the per stream earnings are small (Spotify pays $1 per 229 streams, according to VirtualCapitalist.com).
Here's a look at how many times these Utah bands are streamed each month on Spotify.
About 34 million monthly listeners
Not only are Imagine Dragons Utah's most popular musical export (sorry Donnie and Marie), they're Spotify's 48th most popular band in the world.
If you've been living under a rock and have never heard the band, here's a playlist of their greatest hits.
About 17 million monthly listeners
You may not hear Ritt Momney and his mix of lo-fi keyboards and vocoders on the radio, but Salt Lake City native Jack Rutter's band is taking over the internet.
In fact, he's the 183rd most streamed artist on Spotify. "Put Your Records On" has been streamed more than 100 million times.
About 15 million streams each month
Before moving to Las Vegas, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers called Payson home. Thanks to more than 15 years of hits, the band is now Spotify's 218th most popular group.
Their newest album, "Imploding the Mirage," was released in August.
About 5.5 million monthly listeners
In the eight years since Provo's Neon Trees released "Everybody Talks," the pop song has been streamed 286 million times.
Though the track is still the group's most popular, their new album, "I Can Feel You Forgetting Me," is filled with songs that may soon become fan favorites.
About 5 million monthly listeners
When Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, was learning to DJ in his Brigham Young University dorm room in the late 1980s, he probably never even dreamed of being nominated for a Grammy or headlining festivals like Coachella. In addition to those accomplishments, he was recently the first DJ to earn a Las Vegas residency.
If you're unfamiliar with his work, start with his remix of "Believer" by Imagine Dragons.
The National Parks
About 800,000 monthly listeners
Formed in Provo in 2012, The National Parks have since released four albums of exuberant, acoustic-based singalongs.
About 130,000 monthly listeners
Since 1997, Salt Lake City rockers Royal Bliss have released 10 studio albums and toured with bands like Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Buckcherry.
The Lower Lights
About 57,000 monthly listeners
Known for their annual Christmas performances (this year's was canceled because of COVID-19), The Lower Lights and their old-time hymns have a year-round fanbase. Since 2010, the collective has released three albums of reimagined gospel tunes and two holiday albums.
Their 2016 recording, "Be Thou My Vision," has been streamed more than one million times.
About 40,000 monthly listeners
Since they formed five years ago, Cinders have been known for their energetic live shows. Now fans of the indie rock band will get a little respite from the COVID-19 concert hiatus. They're playing two sold-out shows at Kilby Court this week.
Hopefully, "100 Foxes" will be on the setlist at those shows. It's been streamed more than 300,000 times.
About 10,000 monthly listeners
It's not easy to describe Brother.'s music. Dreamy, synthy, often dancey, pop/rock, maybe?
There's a little of all of that in "Oxidate," the group's most-streamed track. The band is set to release a new song, "Ain't Over You," on Friday.
About 700 monthly listeners
Though you can stream Drew Danburry's catalog on the usual streaming services, he's giving fans a new way to experience his music — or maybe an old way.
This summer, he started a cassette label and released his new album, "Icarus Phoenix B-Sides," on cassette. If you can't find your old Walkman, give standout track, "Another Nightmare," a listen on Spotify.
About 300 monthly listeners
If you're looking for your next favorite singer/songwriter, you'll find her right here in Utah. With sultry vocals that range from breezy to razor-sharp and biting lyrics about love and loss, Josaleigh Pollett is just as likely to wear her heart on her sleeve as cut yours right out.
Her most streamed track is "Crying Wolf," but "No Man is an Island" is a hidden gem.
Check out music from these and other Utah bands on this Spotify playlist.
How many times is your favorite Utah band streamed each month? Share in the comments.