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The top artists, songs and albums for 2021

Most Streamed Songs in 2021

As the year comes to an end, we are releasing a new list. 2021 Most Streamed Songs.

2021 is a year where 381 million people across the world listened and discovered music on various streaming platforms. In this article we will reflect on the role that music played in the lives of the listeners. This list reveals how our favorite creators soundtracked the weird world around us.

Apple and Spotify just released the most streamed songs of the year. And there is not much of a surprise there. The Pop stars Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny were among the most streamed artists of 2021.

Most Streamed Songs Globally

The real surprise came from Olivia Rodrigo in the form of a punk-pop anthem called Good 4U emerging as the most played song on Apple and Spotify.

Drivers License her debut hit was the biggest song for Spotify users. On the other hand Apple users prefer the BTS boyband pop, making their single Dynamite the most played song of 2021.

The second place in the most played album category goes to Dua Lipa‘s disco-pop odyssey Future Nostalgia.

Ed Sheeran with his brand new hit song Bad Habits took the third place on Spotify and 53rd place in Apple’s chart. However, Ed Sheeran did do way better in the UK. UK Apple streamers put Bad Habits in third place.

Most Streamed Songs UK

An interesting fact is that Adele did not make any dent in this years charts. That is mostly because these charts were compiled way too early. But there is one more month of 2021 left to go. December just might be the month Adele to move up into the top 10 positions.

Het album 30 has already become the year’s biggest seller in the US in just one week of sales.

Bad Bunny

According to Spotify Bad Bunny is the most popular artist. Racking an impressive 9.1 billion streams.

I don’t into it to be the number one most-streamed artist, I just make music. I just enjoy my ‘work’. – Bad Bunny

Right after Bad Bunny is Taylor Swift, making her number two on the list with the release of her classic albums: Fearless and Red.

BTS, Drake (with the release of Certified Lover Boy back in September) and Justin Bieber (with his Justice collaboration album) follow on 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.

These numbers are important because Apple Music and Spotify make up 48% of the streaming market. It is a good representation of what the people are listening.

The top five songs on Spotify were streamed more than 1 billion times this year.

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The Most Popular Podcasts Globally

Another notable information is in the podcast genre. The Joe Rogan Experience remains the number one podcast on Spotify. Followed by Alex Cooper’s Call Her Daddy. True crime represented in Crime Junkie is the third most popular podcast.

Most Popular Podcast Globally

The Trends of 2021

A lot of new music was mixed up with a lot of nostalgia. It seems like it played a role in people’s lives in 2021. Fans rediscovered some old favorites that new generations liked them as well.

Let’s face it: There are certain songs and albums that really are a timeless classics.

The top streamed throwback albums released more than 20 years ago:

  1. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
  2. Nevermind by Nirvana
  3. Hybrid Theory by Linking Park
  4. Appetite for Destruction by Guns N’ Roses
  5. The Beatles by The Beatles

Another interesting playlist to mention is the vaccine-related one on Spotify in 2021

Frequently added jabs include:

  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar
  • The Cure by Lady Gaga
  • Jolene by Dolly Parton
  • Save Your Tears by The Weekend
  • I wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston

Even the Backstreet Boys nostalgia is coming back. Their 1999 super hit I Want It That Way passed 1 billion views on YouTube.

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