Spotify: These songs were the most heard in 2021

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These are the most heard songs of the year on Spotify

2021 Wrapped: This was the most streamed on Spotify

The most successful song in 2021 was viewed more than 1.1 billion times on Spotify

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It’s that time again: The Spotify annual review is here. What did the around 381 million users stream most often, which podcast has the most listeners – and what were the hits in Germany?

WYour Instagram stories are likely full of your friends’ colorful boards displaying what they’ve heard most on the Spotify streaming service this year. A revelation of your musical Guilty Pleasures or just a testimony to your incredibly good taste in music.

On the home stretch of the year, the streaming service from Sweden will provide you with your individual listening statistics. But not only that. Every year the 381 million active listeners of the market leader find out at the same time what was streamed most frequently around the world and which song just couldn’t get out of our heads. In addition to some new discoveries from the current music year, old hands in particular dominate the list of the best.

But before we tell you who the most streamed artist is this year, let’s tease you a little with this question:

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The most successful artist in 2021 can record more than 9.1 billion streams

Every year the marmot greets: As in the previous year, the Puerto Rican Bad Bunny is the most streamed artist on Spotify. With a mixture of Latin trap, pop, rap and reggaeton, the rapper secured the top spot worldwide with over 9.1 billion streams. Pop singer Taylor Swift follows him in second place, making her the most successful artist this year.

The most popular album in 2021, however, comes from a newcomer: Olivia Rodrigo received over 5.1 billion streams for her debut album “Sour”. Her pop ballad “Drivers License” is also the most successful song on Spotify with over 1.1 billion streams. So it was a pretty successful year for the 18-year-old singer and actress, who became famous for the Disney Plus series “High School Musical: The Musical”. Perhaps TikTok also helped the singer: Her single “good 4 u” was a real hit on the platform and accompanied countless clips.

2021 Wrapped: These are the top 5 artists on Spotify

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  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. BTS
  4. Drake
  5. Justin Bieber

Spotify annual charts: These are the 5 most streamed songs

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  1. „Drivers License“ by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. „MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)“ von Lil Nas X
  3. „STAY (with Justin Bieber)“ von The Kid LAROI
  4. „good 4 u“ by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. “Levitating (feat. DaBaby)” by Dua Lipa

Streaming: These are the top 5 albums on Spotify

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  1. “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. “Future Nostalgia” by Dua Lipa
  3. „Justice“ von Justin Bieber
  4. “=” By Ed Sheeran
  5. “Planet Her” by Doja Cat

The podcast hype continues

When it comes to podcasts, the German titles are no longer doing quite as well worldwide. While in 2019 the comedy podcasts “Mixed Hack” with Felix Lobrecht and Tommi Schmitt and “Fest und Flauschig” with moderator Jan Böhmermann and Olli Schulz landed in third and fourth place, in 2021 only “Mixed Hack” made it in the top ten.

Otherwise, the boom continues: With over 3.2 million titles, Spotify users were able to listen to almost twice as many podcasts as in the previous year. As last year, “The Joe Rogan Experience” defends the crown. The Spotify in-house production is moderated by the eponymous stand-up comedian Joe Rogan. This is followed by the comedy podcast “Call Her Daddy” by Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn and the true crime format “Crime Junkie”.

Podcasts: The 5 Most Popular In The World

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  1. „The Joe Rogan Experience“
  2. „Call Her Daddy“
  3. „Crime Junkie“
  4. „TED Talks Daily“
  5. „The Daily“

And what was heard in Germany?

Let’s make it short: the German streaming audience is still into German rap. This time scandal rapper Bonez MC can crown himself. He is the most streamed artist in Germany. Luciano and Capital Bra follow in second and third place.

With his album “AQUA”, which was released in November 2020, Luciano also delivers the most popular album of the year in this country, closely followed by the international top runner “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo. Third place goes to the recently released album “=” by Ed Sheeran. Somewhat surprising in the German rap streaming country.

Singer Lea at a concert in Erfurt 2020

Singer Lea is the most successful artist in Germany on Spotify

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However, the most successful song in Germany in 2021 is again a rap track and comes from KASIMIR1441, newcomer badmómzjay and WILDBWOYS. “Ohne Dich” was able to secure the top position ahead of DJ Riton’s single “Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit” and “STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI.

But it looks a bit gloomy for German female artists: there is no woman in the top ten most streamed artists in this country. Singer-songwriter LEA is the top artist in Germany, but has fewer streams overall than number ten in the German rankings, the German rapper Jamule.

Top 5 artists on Spotify in Germany

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  1. Bonez MC
  2. Luciano
  3. Capital Bra
  4. RAF Camora
  5. Samra

The 5 most streamed songs in Germany on Spotify:

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  1. “Without you” by KASIMIR1441, badmómzjay, WILDBWOYS
  2. „Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit“ von Riton
  3. „STAY (with Justin Bieber)“ von The Kid LAROI
  4. “Madonna” by Bausa, Apache 207
  5. “Summer Thunderstorm” by Pashanim

Spotify annual charts 2021: The most popular albums in Germany

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  1. “AQUA” by Luciano
  2. “Sour” by Olivia Rodrigo
  3. “=” By Ed Sheeran
  4. “Future” of RAF Camora
  5. „Justice“ von Justin Bieber

“Mixed Hack” is the most popular podcast in Germany

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Our podcast catalog has also grown significantly: you can discover over 70,000 German-language formats in purely theoretical terms. The number of German-language podcasts on the streaming platform has more than tripled since 2020. As in 2020, Felix Lobrecht and Tommi Schmitt are in first place among the top podcasts in Germany with “Mixed Hack”.

That fits the Germans’ favorite podcast genre, namely comedy. Jan Böhmermann and Olli Schulz again secured second place in Germany with “Fest & Flauschig”. This is followed by “Verbrechen”, a true crime format. Here is an overview of the top five podcast titles in Germany:

  1. “Mixed hack”
  2. “Firm & Fluffy”
  3. “Crime”
  4. “Daily news in 100 seconds”
  5. Mordlust

So much has not changed in our listening habits. In case you don’t have it anymore, that’s what we loved to hear last year:

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Is your favorite song from 2021 included? We look forward to your comment.

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