2021 was equally gloomy compared to 2020. Yet amidst the darkness, we did have some moments of joy. The year has provided us with a substantial assortment of art we could lose ourselves in, comprising some surprising musical turns from both newcomers and established creatives alike.
Going by its tradition, Spotify unveiled the platform’s top artists with albums of the year. While embracing the “new normal,” people worldwide have started to accept the unknown and, in the process, championed all of the things that make each one of us unique.
Spotify’s 2021 Wrapped is all about celebrating the weird and outstanding millions. Thus, allowing their audience to listen and live in a world that keeps us grounded, always. They announce the top artists and albums to define how more than 381 million people around the globe listened and discovered audio during a year of a pandemic that turned “unprecedented” into well precedented.
As traditional, wrapped helps us reflect on the massive role audio plays in the lives of our listeners and how our favorite creators soundtrack the world around us.
Below are the much-awaited statistics of the most-streamed albums and artists of the past year released by Spotify.
Spotify Wrapped 2021 educates individual users about their listening habits. More so, it represents the overall trends that ruled the streaming platform over the last 12 months.
The top artists and albums globally
- Bad Bunny
- Taylor Swift
- Justin Bieber
Puerto Rican Reggaeton star Bad Bunny wins the most-streamed artist title in the world. He received this award for the second time in a row on Spotify with 9.1 billion streams. What’s more? He received it without releasing a new album in that year.
Bad Bunny is followed by singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Her ‘Red’ in the new version gave a reason to relive the artist’s early ground-breaking work to the old and new fans alike.
If you are an army fan, then a piece of good news is there for you! BTS, the internationally beloved K-pop group, ranks third in the Spotify list, thanks to their single “Butter.”
Canadian hip-hop artist Drake, who released Certified Lover Boy in September, stands fourth in the row.
Justin Bieber, whose 2021 album Justice features renowned artists worldwide, grabs the fifth spot.
We can’t ignore the top songs from 2021 like Olivia Rodrigo’s runaway “driver’s license,” “MONTERO” by Lil Nas X, The Kid LAROI, with the Justin Bieber collaboration “STAY,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u,” and Dua Lipa’s “Levitating.”
When it comes to top albums of 2021 globally, the list comprises two British acts: Ed Sheeran and Lipa.
- Olivia Rodrigo’s debut Sour
- Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia
- Justin Bieber’s Justice
- Ed Sheeran’s fourth album (Equals)
- US rapper Doja Cat’s Planet Her.
Trending in 2021
An artist can release an encapsulated version in one song. Most songwriters compose a few songs. Albums are a package that can well grab the market’s attention. So it is the album that many artists aim for.
However, the top songs, albums, artists, and podcasts weren’t the only things we found while looking for trends on Spotify in 2021. The ranking helps us to learn about the moments that unite listeners globally. The artists are the ones that are notable for their uniqueness and creative bend of mind.
As fans rediscover the old favorites, Nostalgia plays a role in people’s listening in 2021. The new generations adopt them as well. Some specific albums and songs just sound like home.
Spotify’s year-end coverage includes names nominated for the 2022 prestigious Grammy Awards. Thus, Olivia Rodrigo, Ye, Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Lil Nas X, and Taylor Swift are among those whose most recent works are up for Album of the Year.
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