These playlists and podcasts struck a chord with audiences during a tumultuous year.
dropped its 2020 Wrap on Tuesday, spotlighting the artists, albums, songs and playlists that its 320 million active users streamed the most during a year that’s seen a global pandemic threaten lives and livelihoods, as well as social and political unrest rocking the U.S.
And Puerto Rican rapper and producer Bad Bunny helped the world dance through the drama. Bad Bunny was not only the most-streamed artist on Spotify with more than 8.3 billion streams globally, but his album “YHLQMDLG” was the No. 1 streamed album, as well, with more than 3.3 billion streams. Rapper Drake and Latin star J Balvin took the second and third most-streamed artist spots, while The Weeknd’s “After Hours” and Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” rounded out the top three most-streamed albums.
It was a strong year for Latin music on Spotify, as five of the top 20 most-streamed artists represent the genre.
Billie Eilish was Spotify’s most-streamed female artist for the second consecutive year, followed by Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande in second and third place.
The Weeknd scored the most-streamed song of the year with “Blinding Lights,” which pulled in almost 1.6 billion streams this year. Australian singers Tones And I’s catchy 2019 hit “Dance Monkey” and Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” wrapped the top three most-streamed songs.
Joe Rogan sold his “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast to Spotify earlier this year for a licensing deal reportedly worth more than $100 million. And while Rogan didn’t hit Spotify until Sept. 1, he’s already become the streamer’s most popular podcast of the year, surging past “The Michelle Obama Podcast” that also debuted on the platform this year, and which came in fourth place. “TED Talks Daily” and “The Daily” took the second and third most-streamed podcast spots.
Spotify also tracked some noteworthy trends coming out of the pandemic, such as more 18 to 24-year-olds listening to podcasts for the first time this year, as well as a 180% surge in people listening to health and wellness podcasts.
As the COVID-19 pandemic closed public workspaces and pushed more people to work from home, Spotify recorded a 1,400% increase in work-from-home themed playlists this year — as well as a nearly 40% increase in cleaning-themed playlists, a 430% increase in garden-themed playlists, and even a 50% spike in at-home haircut playlists.
What’s more, the protests against racial injustice that rose up over the summer following the deaths of Black Americans including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbury inspired nearly 65,000 playlists created by Spotify users titled “BLM” or “Black Lives Matter.” And Spotify’s BLM playlist was streamed more than 64 million times.
Despite an early pandemic slump, and a disappointing third quarter earnings report, the streaming giant still managed to add more users than expected: growing its monthly active users to 320 million, and its paying subscribers to 144 million as of Sept. 30. Spotify also plans to team up with Chernin Entertainment to create TV shows and movies based on its podcasts.
Check out the complete list of Spotify’s most streamed artists below.
Spotify 2020 Wrapped Global Top Lists
Most Streamed Artists Globally
- Bad Bunny
- J Balvin
- Juice WRLD
- The Weeknd
Most Streamed Female Artists Globally
- Billie Eilish
- Taylor Swift
- Ariana Grande
- Dua Lipa
Most Streamed Albums Globally
- YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny
- After Hours, The Weeknd
- Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
- Fine Line, Harry Styles
- Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Most Streamed Songs Globally
- “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
- “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
- “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
- “Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek and SAINt JHN
- “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
Most Popular Podcasts Globally
- The Joe Rogan Experience
- TED Talks Daily
- The Daily
- The Michelle Obama Podcast
- Call Her Daddy
Most Popular Podcast Genres Globally
- Society & Culture
- Lifestyle & Health
- Arts & Entertainment