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Bad Bunny, The Weeknd, Joe Rogan: Spotify's most popular in 2020

Which artists, tracks and podcasts got you through coronavirus, elections and the rest of 2020?

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Rapper Bad Bunny was streamed on Spotify more than any other artist in the world in 2020.

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What did you listen to this year? Probably Bad Bunny, Drake, The Weeknd and Joe Rogan, according to Spotify's list of 2020's most popular music and podcasts.

In a year more people streamed from home (for obvious reasons) or from gaming consoles, Spotify expanded to more than 300 million listeners and 144 million paid subscribers. The streaming service's annual roundup, Spotify 2020 Wrapped, reveals that the most streamed artist was Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny, whose album YHLQMDLG helped add to a total of more than 8.3 billion streams. The most popular song was The Weeknd's Blinding Lights, which was played almost 1.6 billion times. 

The Joe Rogan Experience was the most popular podcast of the year, followed by TED Talks Daily, The Daily and The Michelle Obama Podcast. 

Billie Eilish was Spotify's most-streamed female artist for the second year in a row, followed by Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Halsey.

Now the global and national lists have been released, Spotify will soon prepare your personalized list of the stuff you've streamed nonstop in this turbulent year. 

Most Streamed Artists Globally

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

Most Streamed Albums Globally

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

Most Streamed Tracks Globally

  1. Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  2. Dance Monkey by Tones and I 
  3. The Box by Roddy Ricch 
  4. Roses - Imanbek Remix by Imanbek and Saint Jhn
  5. Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa 

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
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