If 2020 was the year that turned the world upside down, 2021 was the year we got used to seeing things upside down. With “normal” thrown out the window, people around the world began to embrace the unknown and in doing so stood up for all of the things that make each of us unique.
Spotify’s 2021 Wrapped celebrates this idea: the millions of weird and wonderful ways to listen and live in a world that continues to keep us going. Today we unveil the best artists, albums, songs, podcasts and more which defined how more than 381 million people around the world listened to and discovered audio in a year that has become “unprecedented” and, finally, a precedent.
As usual, Wrapped helps us reflect on the important role audio plays in the lives of our listeners and how our favorite creators have made up the world around us.
The best artists, songs and albums in the world
For the second year in a row, the Puerto Rican star of Reggaeton Bad bunny wins the title of most streamed artist in the world on Spotify. And what’s more: he received over 9.1 billion streams without releasing a new album this year. He is quickly followed by the singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, of which Red (Taylor version) gave old and new fans a reason to relive the artist’s groundbreaking early works. Gather the top three of 2021 is BTS. The globally acclaimed k-pop group had an exceptional year with their single “Butter”. Canadian hip-hop artists Duck– who released Approved boy lover in September and Justin bieber– including the 2021 album Justice presented collaborations with artists from all over the world – take fourth and fifth places respectively.
The best song of 2021 in the world is Olivia Rodrigo’s “driving license” on the run, which has collected more than 1.1 billion flows. Lil Nas X’s viral “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” dances in second place and announced the artist’s debut studio album. Kid LAROI enters the ranks for the first time, with his Justin bieber the “STAY” collaboration takes third place. Fourth place sees Olivia rodrigo again, this time with “good 4 u”, which also won the 2021 Spotify title Summer song. The fifth most listened to song to rise through the ranks is Dua Lipa “Levitation (feat. DaBaby). ”
As for the best 2021 albums in the world, Olivia rodrigo claims the crown again – her debut album SOUR clearly held a little sweetness. Dua Lipa Nostalgia for the future takes second place, with Justin Bieber’s Justice, Ed sheeran =, and Doja Cat’s Planet her arriving in third, fourth and fifth.
The best podcasts in the world
Coming out of its first full year exclusively on Spotify, The Joe Rogan Experience remains the number one podcast on Spotify in the world. He is followed by the fearless Alex Cooper’s Call her daddy, which also became Spotify exclusive in 2021. Real crime and news continue to be popular genres within the media, with addicted to crime, Daily TED Conferences, and The Daily completing the list.
Notable trends of 2021
When we took a look at the trends on Spotify in 2021, the best songs, artists, albums, and podcasts weren’t the only things we found. We discovered the moments that united listeners and those that stood out for their uniqueness.
Nostalgia played a role in listening to people in 2021 as fans rediscovered old favorites – and new generations embraced them too. Let’s face it: there are certain songs and albums that sound like home (in a good way).