As 2021 draws to a close, music giants like Board, Spotify, Apple Music, iHeartRadio and more are releasing their lists for the best-listened and best-selling songs and albums of the year, and acts like BTS, Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande and Olivia Rodrigo are leading the charts— Here is the list of the most popular music of the year.
Board, Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” Was the Most Popular Song of the Year, Topping BoardHot 100; Drake was the top performer of the year; Controversial country singer Morgan Wallen, who was caught on video using a racial slur, earned a number one spot on the Top 200 Albums chart for his work. Dangerous: The Double Album,
Spotify: Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driving License” was the most streamed song on the streaming service worldwide and in the US from January 1 to November 27; Rodrigo’s album Tart was the most streamed album globally; Bad Bunny was the most streamed artist worldwide for the second year in a row, receiving 9.1 billion streams.
Apple Music: BTS’s “Dynamite” was the most-played song on the streaming service between October 16, 2020 and October 15, 2021; The most shazamed song—when users asked Siri to identify the song being played—was “Astronaut in the Ocean” by Masked Wolf, which was requested 11.7 million times.
I Heart Radio: Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” was the most-played song on the country’s largest radio networks, gaining 1.2 billion listeners; Ariana Grande was the network’s most-played artist with 2.6 billion listeners.