Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Bad Bunny among Spotify’s most-streamed artists of 2020

Other names on the list include Taylor Swift, Drake and Dua Lipa

Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Bad Bunny are among Spotify‘s most-streamed artists of 2020.

In its annual Wrapped data, the streaming platform revealed this morning (December 1) that its most streamed artist of 2020 is Bad Bunny, with more than 8.2 billion streams globally this year.

Following on the heels of the Puerto Rican pop star are Drake, J Balvin, Juice WRLD and The Weeknd, in that order.


Bad Bunny also bagged himself the most-streamed album globally, with his second studio album ‘YHLQMDLG’ garnering 3.3 billion streams in 2020. The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’, Post Malone’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’. Harry Styles’ ‘Fine Line’ and Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ round out the Top 5.

Billie Eilish topped the list for most-streamed female artist of 2020 for the second year in a row. Behind her comes Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande at two and three, while Dua Lipa and Halsey sit at four and five.

The most-streamed song of the year goes to The Weeknd for ‘Blinding Lights’, with almost 1.6 billion streams globally. Tones And I‘s ‘Dance Monkey’ and Roddy Rich‘s ‘The Box’ arrive in second and third respectively. The fourth most-streamed song is ‘Roses – Imanbek Remix’ by Imanbek and SAINt JHN, with Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’ at five.

The ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ takes the number one slot for most popular podcast of the year globally. Coming in second and third are ‘TED Talks Daily’ and ‘The Daily’. The fourth most popular podcast was ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’, followed by the comedy/advice show ‘Call Her Daddy’.

Spotify also revealed that its most streamed editorial playlist of 2020 was ‘Today’s Top Hits’, which has more than 27 million followers.


See the full lists below:

Spotify 2020 Wrapped Global Top Lists: 

Most Streamed Artists Globally

  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Drake
  3. J Balvin
  4. Juice WRLD
  5. The Weeknd

Most Streamed Female Artists Globally

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. Halsey

Most Streamed Albums Globally

  1. Bad Bunny – ‘YHLQMDLG’
  2. The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’
  3. Post Malone – ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’
  4. Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’
  5. Dua Lipa  – ‘Future Nostalgia’

Most Streamed Songs Globally

  1. The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
  2. Tones And I – ‘Dance Monkey’
  3. Roddy Ricch – ‘The Box’
  4. Imanbek and SAINt JHN – ‘Roses – Imanbek Remix’
  5. Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’

Most Popular Podcasts Globally

  1. ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’
  2. ‘TED Talks Daily’
  3. ‘The Daily’
  4. ‘The Michelle Obama Podcast’
  5. ‘Call Her Daddy’

Most Popular Podcast Genres Globally

  1. Society & Culture
  2. Comedy
  3. Lifestyle & Health
  4. Arts & Entertainment
  5. Education

Last month, Spotify announced it was testing a new feature allowing artists to boost visibility of specific tracks through the platform’s recommendation algorithms, in exchange for different royalty rates on those songs’ streams.

The boosted songs will appear in Spotify’s Radio and Autoplay features upon launch, with the potential to expand to other personalised listening modes available on the platform.

The new feature, named “Discovery Mode”, was announced on November 2 in a press release from Spotify’s newsroom. It will initially be tested with artists and labels in the US, with plans of a worldwide rollout if the feature is deemed successful.

Meanwhile, The Weeknd has called out the Grammys after he failed to receive any nominations for the 2021 awards for his latest album, ‘After Hours’.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday (November 25), The Weeknd – aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – said the Grammys “remain corrupt” and that the organisation “owe me, my fans and the industry transparency”.

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