With 2021 coming to a close, it’s time to start taking a look back at a year full of great movies, television shows, and music. To start off, let’s recap the most streamed songs of 2021! As you might imagine, some of the most prominent artists around today topped the charts…
Most Streamed Songs Of 2021 Revealed
While the times have changed, the avenue to success in the music business remains the same. Just like radio in the past, streaming services like iTunes Music and Spotify have made it possible for artists to appear out of nowhere and dominate the charts. After all, that’s precisely what happened to young Olivia Rodrigo. The California pop princess wrote and recorded her first single, “Driver’s License,” as someone who had yet to chart big. Now, the song has become the most-streamed song of 2021, earning more than 1.1 billion streams on Spotify alone!
However, not all of the most streamed songs of 2021 were debut singles. The second highest song came from an artist who has managed to remain a part of the national conversation for quite a while now, like Lil Nas X. His song, “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name),” along with its accompanying video, shot to number two at the end of the year charts. Who rounds out the other top five? “Stay,” by Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI came in third, while another Olivia Rodrigo tune, “good 4 u,” came in fourth. Finally, in last place was Dua Lipa and DaBaby’s jam “Levitating.”
Funnily enough, the top artist of the year did not have a song in the top five – that’s right! Read on to find out more…
Classics Battle With Newcomers
According to Spotify, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny takes the title for the year’s most popular artist. Believe it or not, he managed to rack up more than 9.1 billion streams. “I didn’t get into it to be the number one most-streamed artist,” said the 27-year-old, upon hearing the news. “I just make music, I just enjoy my ‘work’.”
As you might imagine, Taylor Swift came in at number two for the most-streamed artist of the year. After all, she released new versions of her iconic albums Fearless and Red this year. BTS, Drake, and Justin Bieber rounded out the top five artists of the year.
In case you were wondering, Spotify and Apple Music make up nearly 50% of the global streaming market. That’s right! So, successful artists can gain a massive number of players for their most popular songs. However, unlike radio, the profit margins are much smaller, leading many musicians to seek out other options. Still, that has not stopped people from using the services. Believe it or not, all the songs in Spotify’s top five were streamed more than 1 billion times!