Top Songs and Artists of 2021
At the end of each year, it is interesting to look at what kinds of music people enjoyed listening to. This gives us an idea of the kinds of emotions and vibes we were feeling throughout the year. Nowadays, with services like Spotify and Apple Music, we can get an idea of what’s popular not just in a single area but across the globe. This article will summarise some of the most listened to music worldwide in the year 2021.
Spotify is an extremely popular music streaming service and provides the fun service of recapping its users’ past year of music. They also provide an overall summary of listening habits for all listeners worldwide.
The top five artists on Spotify for 2021 were Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, BTS, Drake, and Justin Bieber, though top songs included other artists as well. The top five songs streamed globally included two songs by Olivia Rodrigo, ‘drivers license’ and ‘good 4 u’. In addition, ‘MONTERO’ by Lil Nas X, ‘Stay’ by The Kid LAROI with Justin Bieber, and ‘Levitating (Feat. DaBaby)’ by Dua Lipa made it into the top five songs. The most streamed albums during 2021 included albums by Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Doja Cat.
The top 100 songs list on Apple Music for the year 2021 matches much of the data provided by Spotify. Their playlist features multiple songs by Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, BTS, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Doja Cat. Some additional artists who featured multiple songs on the top 100 playlist include Pop Smoke, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Megan Thee Stallion, and The Weeknd.
Listening in the New Year
If you didn’t catch any of the albums and artists listed above, make sure you take a listen before you get too far into 2022. Keep a lookout for hot songs coming out to see which ones might show up as anthems for the upcoming year.