Spotify Wrapped 2021: The 5 best songs, artists and albums of the year

Spotify has released its long-awaited stats showing the most listened to albums, songs and artists of the past year.

Spotify Wrapped 2021, launched today (December 1), informs individual users about their listening habits as well as general trends that have dominated the streaming platform over the past 12 months.

Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny became the world’s most broadcast artist in 2021, making more than 9.1 billion streams. It comes after he became the Most Decorated Artist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, receiving 10 gongs, including Artist of the Year. He also took part in the single “Volví”, by the Dominican-American group Aventura, in August; he released “Lo Siento BB: /” with Tainy and Julieta Venegas in October. At the Latin Grammy Awards in November, he received awards for Best Urban Music Album (El Último Tour Del Mundo) and Best Rap / Hip Hop Song (for his January single “Booker T”).

Taylor Swift’s two re-recorded albums, Intrepid and Red, helped her become the second most listened to artist of the year. She is followed by K-pop titans BTS, Canadian artist Drake and pop star Justin Bieber, who released his sixth studio album, Justice, in March.

The most played songs were dominated by relatively new blood, including Olivia Rodrigo with her debut single – the low-key power ballad, “Driver’s License” – which was played over 1.1 billion times this year after her debut. released in january. This was followed by “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” by Lil Nas X, from his debut album, Montero. Justin Bieber teamed up with newcomer The Kid LAROI for their viral hit “STAY”, ranking third most-listened to songs of the year, followed by another of Rodrigo’s songs, the kiss track ” Good 4 U “. Dua Lipa’s single “Levitating” ft DaBaby topped the top five – Lipa condemned the rapper in July after making a series of homophobic comments about people living with AIDS and HIV at the Rolling Loud Festival.

Spotify’s biggest albums of the year included two British artists: Lipa and Ed Sheeran. Reaching No.1 was Rodrigo’s debut Sour, followed by Lipa Nostalgia for the future, Justin Bieber’s Justice, Sheeran’s fourth album = (Equal) and American rapper Doja Cat’s Planet Elle.

A statement from Spotify said, “If 2020 was the year that turned the world upside down, 2021 was the year we got used to seeing things upside down. With “normal” thrown out the window, we embraced the unknown and stood up for all of the things that make each of us unique. Spotify’s 2021 Wrapped is a celebration of that – the millions of weird and wonderful ways to listen and live in a world that continues to keep us on our toes.

See the lists of the best albums, artists and songs of the year on Spotify below:

Most streamed artists in the world

Bad Bunny at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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  1. Bad bunny
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. BTS
  4. Duck
  5. Justin bieber

Most listened to songs in the world

Olivia Rodrigo onstage at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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  1. “Driving license” by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. “MONTERO (Call me by your name)” by Lil Nas X
  3. “Stay” by The Kid LAROI with Justin Bieber
  4. “bon 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. “Levitation” by Dua Lipa feat. DaBaby

Most listened to albums in the world

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  1. SOUR, Olivia rodrigo
  2. Nostalgia for the future, Dua Lipa
  3. Justice, Justin bieber
  4. =, Ed Sheeran
  5. Planet her, Doja cat

Find out how to view your Spotify Wrapped 2021 here.