Vevo unveils its most popular music videos of 2020

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Drake, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd have featured some of the UK’s most popular music videos over the past 12 months, Vevo said.

A year like no other has seen old favorites rise in popularity, according to the music video hosting service.

Canadian megastar Drake had by far the most popular music video of 2020 in the UK, Vevo said, with more than 58 million views of his Life Is Good collaboration with fellow rapper Future.

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Little Mix was the most-watched band in the UK in 2020, according to music video provider Vevo (Owen Humphreys / PA)

Little Mix was the UK’s most watched band in 2020, according to music video provider Vevo (Owen Humphreys / PA)

Into The Unknown, a song by Idina Menzel from the Frozen 2 soundtrack, was far behind, with just over 16.5 million views.

The Weeknd was third with Blinding Lights with 15.7 million views while the video for Rain On Me, a duo of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, was fourth with 13.9 million views.

Drake topped the top five with the lockdown-inspired music video for Toosie Slide, with 13.2 million views.

Bieber (Yummy), Doja Cat (Say So), Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood (Show Yourself, Frozen 2) and Lewis Capaldi (Before You Go) were also in the top 10.

Bieber completed the top 10 with his music video Intensions.

Although he didn’t have a video in the top 10, Little Mix, now a trio after Jesy Nelson left, was the UK’s most-watched artist, Vevo said, with over 90 million views.

Ariana Grande was second and Billie Eilish third.

The old favorites were boosted by the tumultuous events of 2020, Vevo said.

In a year when the world grappled with a global pandemic and demanded social justice for all, music was a unifierAlan Price, Vevo

The UK’s departure from the EU in January coincided with a 161% jump in views to 17,800 for Swedish rock band Europe’s 1986 hit, The Final Countdown.

It’s the End of the World for REM saw its views increase by 2,719% after the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic in March.

And during the global social justice protests in June, Childish Gambino’s politically charged clip for This Is America saw a 225% increase in monthly views, Vevo said.

Alan Price, Managing Director of Vevo, said: “In a year when the world grappled with a global pandemic and demanded social justice for all, music was a unifier. There is no doubt that it is a key part of our lives.

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