Spotify’s 2021 Global Top Lists

Pamela Connellan
on 16 January 2022

If 2020 was the year that flipped the world on its head, 2021 was the year we got used to seeing things upside down. With ‘normal’ thrown out the window, we embraced the unknown and championed all of the things which make each of us unique. Spotify’s 2021 Wrapped Global Top Lists are a celebration of this — the millions of weird and wonderful ways to listen and live in a world that continues to keep us on our toes.

So here’s some information about how people listened this year, followed by Spotify’s annual 2021 Global Top Lists for the 381 million users worldwide:


  • Pop icon Taylor Swift was Australia’s most streamed artist of the year, and Glass Animal’s Heat Waves took the top spot as the country’s most streamed track.
  • The Kid LAROI has featured heavily in this year’s lists, not only in the global list but also coming out on top as Australia’s most streamed local artist. Three of his songs were also in Australia’s most streamed tracks by Australian artists, including Stay (with Justin Bieber) taking out #1 spot, Without You at #2 and So Done at #4.
  • Aussie’s couldn’t get enough of Olivia Rodrigo’s album Sour, which topped the country’s most streamed album, followed by Ed Sheeran’s “=” and The Kid LAROI’s F*CK Love (Savage) which came in at third.


  • Top Global Artists: With more than 9.1 billion streams this year, Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny is the most-streamed artist of 2021. The second most-streamed artist – and most streamed female artist of the year – is  Taylor Swift (#2), followed by BTS (#3), Drake (#4) and Justin Bieber (#5).
  • Top Global Songs: The most-streamed song of 2021 is Olivia Rodrigo’s  drivers license with more than 1.1 billion streams this year. In the second and third spots respectively, are Lil Nas X’s Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (#2) and Stay (with Justin Beiber by The Kid LAROI (#3). The fourth most-streamed song of the year is another one from Olivia Rodrigo with good 4 u (#4), followed by Levitating (feat, DaBaby) by Dua Lipa (#5).
  • Top Global Albums: The most-streamed album globally of 2021 is Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour followed by Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (#2) and Justin Bieber’s Justice (#3). Rounding out the list of top albums are Ed Sheeran’s “=” (#4) and Doja Cat’s Planet Her (#5).


  • Ipswich town, Ed Sheeran, TikTok
    Ed Sheeran supporting his home team, Ipswich Town via BBC


  • A mix of genres made the most streamed podcasts for Australians, with The Joe Rogan Experience coming out on top, followed by ABC News Briefing and Casefile True Crime.


  • Most Popular Podcast Shows: The Joe Rogan Experience takes the number one slot for most popular podcast of the year globally. Coming in second and third are Call Her Daddy (#2) and Crime Junkie (#3). The fourth most popular podcast is TED Talks Daily (#4), followed by The Daily (#5).

Spotify 2021 Wrapped Global Top Lists 

Most Streamed Artists Globally 

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

Most Streamed Songs Globally 

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

Most Streamed Albums Globally 

  1. SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo
  2. Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
  3. Justice, Justin Bieber
  4. =, Ed Sheeran
  5. Planet Her, Doja Cat

Most Popular Podcasts Globally 

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

Spotify 2021 Wrapped Australia Top Lists 

Most streamed songs – Australia

  1. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals
  2. “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo
  3. “STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI
  4. “good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo
  5. “WITHOUT YOU” by The Kid LAROI

Most streamed songs by Australian artists 

  1. “STAY (with Justin Bieber)” by The Kid LAROI
  2. “WITHOUT YOU” by The Kid LAROI
  3. “Astronaut In The Ocean” by Masked Wolf
  4. “SO DONE” by The Kid LAROI
  5. “Fly Away” by Tones And I
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift music is available on Apple Music with Spatial Audio

Most streamed artists – Australia

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Drake
  4. Ed Sheeran
  5. The Kid LAROI

Most streamed Australian artists

  1. The Kid LAROI
  2. The Wiggles
  3. Hilltop Hoods
  4. AC/DC
  5. Flume

Most streamed albums – Australia

  1. SOUR, Olivia Rodrigo
  2. =, Ed Sheeran
  4. Justice, Justin Bieber
  5. Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
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Hamish and Andy

Most streamed podcasts – Australia

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. ABC News Briefing
  3. Casefile True Crime
  4. Hamish & Andy
  5. The Update

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