Spotify Reveal 2020 Top Songs, Podcasts, Artists, Albums + More

Spotify have begun their wrapped series which highlights the growth and overall rankings/numbers throughout the year. From the most streamed songs to artists, to podcasts – Spotify have detailed all in their 2020 report.

Artists

The most streamed artist in the past 11 months of 2020 was Bad Bunny with more than 8.3 billion streams, largely from his album YHLQMDLG, which was also the most streamed album. Following Bad Bunny is Drake and Latin star J Balvin. The fourth most-streamed artist is the late rapper Juice WRLD, followed by The Weeknd.

Billie Eilish continues her reign as Spotify’s most-streamed female artist for the second year in a row, followed by Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande in spots two and three. Coming in as the fourth and fifth most-streamed female artists are Dua Lipa and Halsey.

  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Drake
  3. J Balvin
  4. Juice WRLD
  5. The Weeknd

Most Streamed Female Artists

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. Halsey

Songs

The most-streamed song of the year is The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” which held out strong after being the second most-streamed song of the summer with almost 1.6 billion streams this year. In the second and third spots, respectively, are Australian ex-busker Tones And I’s viral 2019 earworm “Dance Monkey” and Roddy Ricch’s “The Box.” The fourth most-streamed song is the catchy “Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek and SAINt JHN, followed by “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa.

  1. “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
  2. “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I 
  3. “The Box” by Roddy Ricch 
  4. “Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek and SAINt JHN
  5. “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa 

Albums

The most-streamed album of 2020 is Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG with over 3.3 billion streams, followed by The Weeknd’s After Hours and Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding. Rounding out the list of most-streamed albums you’ll find Harry Styles’ Fine Line and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.


  1. YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny 
  2. After Hours, The Weeknd
  3. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone 
  4. Fine Line, Harry Styles 
  5. Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa 

Podcasts

More and more podcasts came to Spotify in 2020, and with over 1.9 million titles, there’s now something for everyone. That includes The Joe Rogan Experience, which holds the number one spot for most popular podcast of the year. Filling in spots two and three are TED Talks Daily and The Daily, showing that listeners were staying in the know as usual. Coming in at number four is The Michelle Obama Podcast. The fifth most popular podcast is the comedy/advice show Call Her Daddy.

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. TED Talks Daily
  3. The Daily
  4. The Michelle Obama Podcast
  5. Call Her Daddy

Podcast Genres

Podcasts on Spotify cover a range of topics that cater to the varied interests of listeners. What genres were people drawn to in 2020? Taking spot number one is Society & Culture, a genre that includes both spooky stories and foodie content. Next in line is Comedy, which is no surprise as many are looking for more ways to laugh this year. Spot three is reserved for Lifestyle & Health, demonstrating that listeners love turning to podcasts for wellness. Arts & Entertainment ranks fourth and Education ranks fifth, proving that people are turning to podcasts for both a break and a time for learning. 

  1. Society & Culture
  2. Comedy
  3. Lifestyle & Health
  4. Arts & Entertainment
  5. Education

Trends

With the unusual year, unusual trends followed. There was a 1400% increase in work-from-home themes playlists. A 180% increase in health and wellness podcasts. 430% increase in creating gardening themed playlists. Streaming on game consoles increased 55%. There was a significant 64 million streams from Spotify’s Black Lives Matter playlists, with 65000 playlists created using the term. 6AM – 9AM was the most popular time to listen to Spotify. More 18-24 year olds began listening to podcasts for the first time through Spotify.

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