December is here and we are nearing the end of 2020. To celebrate what has been a pretty busy year by anyone’s standards, Spotify released its annual wrapped feature that brings together all of the artists and podcast creators who keep it have entertained Spotify subscribers this year. Global and UK statistics are crucial. Spotify also launches a personalized wrapped for each user that breaks down some key stats from their listening habits and creates a playlist of the most popular tracks.
As you’d expect, 320 million Spotify listeners have turned to nostalgic and work-from-home-themed playlists, both of which have seen colossal increases in the past 12 months. Podcast fans used the Spotify app to find shows about wellness, including Unlocking Us with Brené Brown and Get Sleepy: Sleep Meditation and Stories. Spotify also found that this year more people created playlists from home instead of being on the go. In the past 12 months, the number of people streaming their music library from a game console has also increased.
When it comes to the greatest artist of the year, Bad Bunny has been named the Most Streamed Artist of 2020. The Puerto Rican rapper has recorded 8.3 billion streams from Spotify users. Bad Bunny is followed by Drake (who is at the top in the UK) and the third most popular artist of the year is J Balvin, followed by the late rapper Juice WRLD and The Weeknd.
But while Bad Bunny is the most streamed artist, the single song that clocked the most streams goes to The Weeknd. The world’s most streamed song of 2020, both globally and in the UK, was The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”, which garnered nearly 1.6 billion streams that year. In second and third place worldwide are Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” and Roddy Ricch’s “The Box”. The fourth most popular song of the year is “Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek and SAINt JHN, followed by Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now”.
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The world’s most streamed album of 2020 is Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG with over 3.3 billion streams, followed by The Weeknd’s After Hours and Post Malones Hollywood’s Bleeding. The list of top albums is rounded off by Harry Styles’ Fine Line and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. For the UK, however, the most streamed album is Lewis Capaldi’s Divinct Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
Spotify’s most popular editorial playlist of the year is Today’s Top Hits with more than 27 million followers.
The Joe Rogan Experience ranks # 1 for Most Popular Podcast of the Year worldwide and in the UK. In second and third place are TED Talks Daily and The Daily, which show that the audience was kept up to date as usual. The fourth most popular podcast is the Michelle Obama podcast, followed by the comedy / advice show Call Her Daddy.
Spotify acquired the exclusive rights to The Joe Rogan Experience earlier this year. Given the latest streaming stats, this appears to have been a Canarian business move. Although the exact terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, widespread reports suggest that the acquisition agreement will make Joe Rogan the highest paid podcast creator in the world. Rogan announced the deal with Spotify back in May and announced that his show would appear exclusively on Spotify in September. At the time, a calculation found that Rogan’s advertising revenue alone would be between $ 50 million (£ 41 million) and $ 250 million, with more coming from YouTube, where Rogan’s shows regularly get millions of views.
On top of that, add a bonus for exclusivity and it seems Spotify is digging really deep into their podcasts to get the comedian onto their platform.
Unfortunately, if you want to find out what you’ve been hearing all year long, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Spotify teases, “Don’t forget to check out the Wrapped microsite in the coming days to see your personal favorites and get a playlist that suits your tastes.”
For those who did not have a Spotify subscription a full calendar year earlier, Spotify Wrapped from the music streaming service compiles a series of statistics based on your listening habits, including certain favorite artists and the amount of time you have spent listening Songs and more. The Wrapped 2020 playlist brings together your most streamed songs of the year.
Apple Music has a similar feature that was introduced earlier this year. Instead of following the model popularized by Spotify, Apple slowly builds your playlist over the course of the year. This may be less exciting than Wrapped 2020, but it does mean you can see your flavors evolve as the year progresses.
Here is the full breakdown of the most streamed songs, artists and albums on Spotify:
Most streamed artists worldwide
- Bad Bunny
- j Balvin
- Juice WRLD
- The weeknd
Most streamed female artists worldwide
- Billie Eilish
- Taylor Swift
- Ariana Grande
- Dua Lipa
Most streams worldwide
- YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny
- After hours the weekend
- Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
- Fine line, Harry Styles
- Future nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Most streams worldwide
- “Blinding Lights” from 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
The most popular podcasts worldwide
- The Joe Rogan Experience
- TED speaks every day
- The daily
- The Michelle Obama Podcast
- Call her daddy
- The most popular podcast genres around the world