Dua Lipa and Drake top Billboard’s year-end lists



As 2021 draws to a close, music giants like Billboard, Spotify, Apple Music, iHeartRadio and more release their lists of the most streamed and best-selling songs and albums of the year, and artists like BTS, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande and Olivia Rodrigo top several rankings. Here’s a look at the most popular music this year.


Billboard: Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” was the most popular song of the year, leading Billboardis hot 100; Drake was the top entertainer of the year; Controversial country singer Morgan Wallen, who was caught on camera using a racial slur, has earned top spot on the Top 200 albums chart for his work Dangerous: the double album.

Spotify: Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” was the most-streamed song from January 1 to November 27, worldwide and in the United States on the streaming service; Rodrigo’s album Sour was the most streamed album in the world; Bad Bunny was the most streamed artist in the world for the second year in a row, with 9.1 billion streams.

Apple Music: BTS’ “Dynamite” was the most-played song on the streaming service between October 16, 2020 and October 15, 2021; the most Shazamed song — when users ask Siri to identify a song being played — was Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean,” which was requested 11.7 million times.

iHeartRadio: Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” was the most-played song on the nation’s largest radio network, garnering 1.2 billion plays; Ariana Grande was the most played artist on the network, with 2.6 billion streams.

Pandora: Cardi B’s “Up” topped the streaming radio service’s list of songs with the most “thumbs up” reactions from users this year.

Youtube: The platform’s top music video in the US was Pooh Shiesty and Lil Durk’s “Back in the Blood” which has generated over 217 million total views.


Youtube Top Music Videos (USA):

  1. “Back in the Blood” – Pooh Shiesty ft. Lil Durk
  2. “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd
  3. “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
  4. “Rapstar” – Polo G
  5. “Every Chance I Have” – ​​DJ Khaled ft. Lil Baby, Lil Durk

Pandora’s Top 100 Songs:

  1. “Up” – Cardi B
  2. “Leave the Door Open” – Silk Sonic
  3. “Easy for Me” – Adele
  4. “Fancy Like” – Walker Hayes
  5. “The Weather Today” – Moneybagg Yo

Billboard 100 hot songs:

  1. “Levitation” – Dua Lipa
  2. “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd ft. Ariana Grande
  3. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
  4. “Mood” – 24Goldn ft. dior
  5. “Good 4 u” – Olivia Rodrigo

Billboard top 200 albums:

  1. Dangerous: the double album —Morgan Wallen
  2. Sour —Olivia Rodrigue
  3. Shoot for the stars Aim for the moon — Smoke Pop
  4. Always – Taylor Swift
  5. Certified lover —Drake

Billboard Top Artists:

  1. Duck
  2. Olivia Rodrigue
  3. The weekend
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Morgan Wallen

Spotify Most streamed artists in the world:

  1. bad bunny
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. BTS
  4. Duck
  5. justin bieber

Spotify Most streamed songs around the world:

  1. “driver’s license” – Olivia Rodrigo
  2. “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
  3. “STAY (With Justin Bieber) – The Kid Laroi
  4. “good 4 u” – Olivia Rodrigo
  5. “Levitation (ft. Da Baby)” – Dua Lipa

Spotify Most streamed albums in the world

  1. SOUR —Olivia Rodrigue
  2. nostalgia for the future —Dua Lipa
  3. Justice—Justin Bieber
  4. = —Ed Sheeran
  5. Planet Elle — Doja Cat

Most Streamed Apple Music Songs:

  1. “Dynamite” – BTS
  2. “driver’s license” – Olivia Rodrigo
  3. “Positions” – Ariana Grande
  4. “For the Night (ft. Lil Baby and Da Baby) – Pop Smoke
  5. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd

Most Shazamed Apple Music Songs:

  1. “Astronaut in the Ocean” – Masked Wolf
  2. “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd
  3. “Bad Habits” – Ed Sheeran
  4. “driver’s license” – Olivia Rodrigo
  5. “Beggin” – Manes Skin

iHeartRadio Top Overall Songs:

  1. “Levitation” – Dua Lipa
  2. “Save Your Tears” – The Weeknd
  3. “34 + 35” – Ariana Grande
  4. “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. Sza
  5. “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X

iHeartRadio Top Artists Overall:

  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Doua Lipa
  3. The weekend
  4. Olivia Rodrigue
  5. Pop Smoke


Several popular songs from last year have found their way onto this year’s charts. Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande and Bad Bunny haven’t released new music this year, and their popularity in 2021 on Spotify, iHeartRadio and the Billboard The charts are from their 2020 releases. “Blinding Lights” was one of the most popular songs of the last year, and still charted on Apple Music and Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2021. “Dynamite” was also released last year. last year.

Key context

Last years Billboard The Top 100 Songs of the Year chart, based on sales, streams and radio plays, was dominated by household names: The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” at No. 1, followed by Post’s “Circles.” Malone, “The Box” by Roddy Ricch, Dua “Don’t Start Now” by Lipa and “Rockstar” by DaBaby and Roddy Ricch. The most popular album of the last year, according to Billboard, was Post Malone’s “Hollywood Is Bleeding”. “Blinding Lights” was also the most streamed song on Spotify last year.

Further reading

Old music – by Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande – tops new music in 2021 on the biggest radio network (Forbes)

Adele’s ’30’ becomes best-selling album of 2021 in just three days (Forbes)


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