Spotify reveals the most successful songs and podcasts of the year

Music streaming service Spotify has announced its 2020 annual review. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON has selected the highlights.

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world. In December, the provider usually publishes the charts from last year under the title “Wrapped”, including 2020. Among other things, it is noticeable that the podcast segment grew significantly, as did the average streaming duration per capita. In addition, according to Spotify’s annual review, nostalgic playlists were very popular, as were relaxation podcasts and those dealing with topics such as mobile working. In addition, a survey on music streaming behavior via console was published for the first time.

International leaderboards in Spotify’s 2020 annual review

Spotify gives an exciting insight into the behavior of its users worldwide. In the annual review, the provider shows which songs, albums, artists and podcasts were particularly popular in 2020.


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

The song “Blinding Lights” from “The Weeknd” tops the list with over 1.6 billion streams. Although it was released in 2019, the song occupied one of the top places in many Spotify charts, especially in the summer. Dua Lupa is the only female artist to be in the top 5 with her song “Don’t Start Now”.


  1. YHLQMDLG (Bad Bunny)
  2. After Hours (The Weeknd)
  3. Hollywoods Bleeding (Post Malone)
  4. Fine Line (Harry Stiles)
  5. Future Nostalgia (Dua Lipa)

With over 3.3 billion streams, “YHLQMDLG” by Latin trap and reggaeton singer Bad Bunny is. This is followed by “After Hours” by The Weeknd, on which “Blinding Lights” can also be heard, “Hollywoods Bleeding” by Post Malone, “Fine Lines” by ex-boygroup member Harry Styles. Dua Lipa is again in 5th place with her successful album “Future Nostalgia”.


  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. Halsey
The most successful artist on Spotify is again the American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish. The 19-year-old won all four main categories of the Grammy Awards just this year and became the youngest James Bond song interpreter of all time with “No Time to Die”. With Taylor Swift, Arana Grande, Dua Lipa and Halsey, four other English-speaking young artists follow.
  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Drake
  3. J Balvin
  4. Juice WRLD
  5. The Weeknd

Bad Bunny leads the male artists again, followed by rapper Drake and reggae star J Balvin. The creator of the most successful song, The Weeknd, landed in fourth place, followed by another rapper, Juice WRLD. The artist died of an overdose in December 2019.


The word podcast refers to the iPod, on which the format first received more attention, and the term broadcast, in German “Sendung”. The streamable audio files, which are mostly published in serial form, are enjoying increasing popularity worldwide and are overtaking radio. The medium has apparently got an additional boost from the corona pandemic. In its press release, Spotify mentions a particularly large number of first-time listeners this year. Podcasts are particularly popular among the target group of 18 to 24 year olds.

Important podcast topics this year were: Society & Culture, Comedy, Lifestyle & Health, Arts & Entertainment and Education.

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. TED Talks Daily
  3. The Daily
  4. The Michelle Obama Podcast
  5. Call her daddy

Display personal Spotify annual review

In addition, everyone can also view their individual charts for the past year on Spotify in the annual review. This works via the Spotify app, in which a banner with the hashtag # 2020wrapped is placed on the home screen. There Spotify users can view their personal charts in the categories artists, songs, genres, podcasts and newly discovered artists.

There is also a new feature this year: Before looking at the lists, subscribers can take a quiz to guess what content is in their top charts.

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