The reggaetn ‘virus’ also triumphed in 2020

Donostia – The year 2020 has been strange, full of fears and uncertainties. A different year, yes, although not in terms of music, since in it another virus has been consolidated, that of reggaetón, which has been inoculating and affecting millions of people. Bad Bunny, whose performance scheduled for this year for the Bilbao BBK Live festival is expected to be held in 2021, has been the most listened to artist throughout this year, according to the Spotify list, in which other singers rub shoulders with the Puerto Rican Latinos like Anuel AA, J. Balvin and Daddy Yankee, along with Anglo-Saxon stars like Drake, Billie Eilish and The Weeknd.

The reggaeton virus knows no borders and the list of the streaming Spotify, named Most listened to, it is just a reflection, quite real and disheartening?, of the success of a style that has penetrated with force in the new generations and that, with the passage of time, has been contaminated with other rhythms and instrumentation and, in some cases, It has moved away from the macho and choni halo that accompanied urban sounds, incorporating feminist lyrics and even in Basque, as in the case of the newcomer Kai Nakai.

In a year in which music was more necessary than ever, the artist with the most listeners in 2020 has been the Puerto Rican Bad Bunny with more than 8,300 million streamings, half due to their latest album, YHLQMDLG, released at the end of February and with contributions from Sech, Anuel AA and Daddy Yankee, among others. With him, Bad Bunny also managed to make history by becoming the first singer to place an album sung in Spanish at the top of the Billboard 200 list.

Following the author of hits like self O At your mercy, who has subsequently released another album, The last tour of the world (with the support of Rosalía on the topic Last night’s night), at number two of the most listened to artists is the Canadian actor and rapper Drake thanks to songs like Laugh now cry later O Toosie slide. He is followed in third place on the podium by Colombian J Balvin, thanks to his album Colors, and the late rapper Juice WRLD and The Weeknd.

Women The ranking of the most listened to singers in 2020 is headed by the very young Billie Eilish thanks to her debut songs, When we all fall asleep, where do we go?, which earned him four Grammys, plus the one recently edited, Therefore I am. Behind her is Taylor Swift, thanks to her conversion into an alternative artist with the notable Folklore, and mainstream pop singers like Ariana Grande and the young but already established stars Dua Lipa and Halsey.

Regarding the songs, the most played in 2020 is Blinding lights, by The Weeknd, which Abel Makkonen has recently re-recorded with the vocal contribution in Spanish by Rosalía. The Canadian has achieved nearly 1.6 billion views of his repertoire. In second and third place are Dance monkey, from former Australian street musician Tones and I, which went viral in 2019, and The boxby Roddy Ricch. The fourth most reproduced has been Roses –Imanbek Remix by Imanbek and SAINt JHN, followed by Don’t start now, success of Dua Lipa.

Albums After Bad Bunny’s first place for the most played album, YHLQMDLG, appears After hours, from The Weeknd, and Hollywood’s bleedingby Post Malone. Complete the list Fine line, by Harry Styles, and Future nostalgiaby Dua Lipa. Spotify officials also explain that this year there has been a renaissance of the playlist related to nostalgia and work issues (consequence of teleworking), as well as podcasts about the well-being and listening to the platform from game consoles.



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