Top 10 Streamed Albums & Songs of 2020
Spotify has released its annual Wrapped list of 2020’s streaming trends, including the most streamed artists, songs and albums. It is always interesting to see the changing musics trends each year, keep in mind that these are global charts not just the US. Because this is a Top 10 list and each category only has top 5, I have incorporated two lists. Below you will find the top 5 streamed albums of 2020 AND the top 5 streamed songs of 2020, so essentially a bonus, two lists in one!
Top Streamed Albums of 2020 Globally
#5 Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia is the second studio album by English singer Dua Lipa, released on 27 March 2020 by Warner Records. The album is a dance/pop creation. Commercially, the album topped the charts in thirteen countries and reached the top ten in thirty-one countries. In the United Kingdom, it peaked atop the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks, becoming her first album to do so. At the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, Future Nostalgia received nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
#4 Fine Line, Harry Styles
Fine Line is the second studio album by English singer Harry Styles, released on 13 December 2019 by Columbia and Erskine Records. The record has been described as pop rock. Fine Line debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart and number one on the Billboard 200, making it Styles’ second consecutive number-one album in the US. The album had the third-largest sales week in the US and broke the record as the biggest debut from a British male artist since Nielsen SoundScan began, earning 478,000 album-equivalent units. It has been certified platinum in the US for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over one million units in the country.
#3 Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
Hollywood’s Bleeding is the third studio album by American rapper and singer Post Malone. It was released on September 6, 2019, by Republic Records. The album features guest appearances from DaBaby, Future, Halsey, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Scott, SZA, Swae Lee, and Young Thug. The album debuted atop the US Billboard 200, it is Malone’s second US number-one album. It received a nomination for Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
#2 After Hours, The Weeknd
After Hours is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer the Weeknd, released on March 20, 2020, by XO and Republic Records. After Hours explores promiscuity, overindulgence, and self-loathing. After Hours broke the record for the most global pre-adds in Apple Music history, with over 1.02 million users. It debuted atop the Billboard 200, earning 444,000 album-equivalent units of which 275,000 were pure sales, marking the Weeknd’s fourth number-one album in the US, and stayed atop the chart for four consecutive weeks. It also reached the top spot in 20 other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.
#1 YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny
YHLQMDLG (abbreviation of “Yo hago lo que me da la gana”, Spanish for “I Do Whatever I Want”) is the second solo studio album (third overall) by Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny. It was released on February 29, 2020, by Rimas Entertainment. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, becoming the highest-charting all-Spanish album ever on the chart. It became Spotify’s most streamed album globally of 2020. It received a nomination for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Top Streamed Songs of 2020 Globally
#5 “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
“Don’t Start Now” is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020). Its lyrics find Lipa celebrating her independence and instructing a former lover to forget about their past relationship. At the upcoming 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, “Don’t Start Now” is nominated in three categories—Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance—marking Lipa’s first nod in all three. The song peaked at number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, surpassing 2017’s “New Rules” to become her highest-charting single in the US. Internationally, the song charted in the top 10 on charts in 40 countries, including number-one peaks in seven countries. The single is certified Multiplatinum in 12 countries, including Triple Diamond in Brazil.
#4 “Roses – Imanbek Remix” by Imanbek and SAINt JHN
“Roses” is a song by American rapper Saint Jhn, originally released on July 22, 2016 and later included on his 2018 album Collection One. It was then remixed by Kazakh producer Imanbek and released as a single on September 18, 2019. The remix of the song is higher pitched and helped the song gain international recognition after it was featured on a Snapchat filter and on video-sharing app TikTok where it received over 4.5 billion plays in the month of April 2020.
#3 “The Box” by Roddy Ricch
“The Box” is a song by American rapper Roddy Ricch, released as the fourth single on January 10, 2020, from his debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. It became Roddy Ricch’s highest-charting song worldwide, spending eleven weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as topping the charts in Canada, New Zealand, Hungary, and peaking at number two in both the UK and Ireland. Used in over 2.4 million videos on TikTok with a combined 6.5 billion views as of June 2020. In the US, “The Box” was the biggest song of the first half of 2020, selling 4.7 million equivalent units as of July 2, 2020. Apple Music named it Song of the Year. It received three nominations at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, including for Song of the Year.
#2 “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
“Dance Monkey” is a song by Australian singer Tones and I, released on 10 May 2019 as the second single (first in the US) from Tones and I’s debut EP The Kids Are Coming. “Dance Monkey” topped the official singles charts in over 30 countries and peaked within the top ten of many others, including the United States. Dance Monkey, which was written about the singer’s experiences of busking in Byron Bay, has been Shazamed 36.6 million times. When it hit number four in the US, it became the first top-five hit solely written by a woman in over eight years. “Dance Monkey” broke the record for the most weeks at number one on the chart by an Australian artist.
#1 “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
“Blinding Lights” is a song by Canadian singer the Weeknd, which serves as the second single off of his fourth studio album, After Hours. “Blinding Lights” peaked at number one in thirty-four countries, including the United States and Canada, where it became the Weeknd’s fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100 for four and seven weeks, respectively. It also became his first number one single in Germany for ten weeks, the United Kingdom for eight weeks, and Australia for eleven weeks, thus making it his most successful single worldwide to date.