This is what South Africa listened to on Spotify in 2020

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We have a suspicion that when Spotify releases its personalised data summary for users – as it does every year – we will have a lot of hours listened.

While we’re still waiting for those playlists and that data, Spotify has announced its 2020 Wrapped which looks at the most popular artists, albums and tracks of the year. There is also a bit of data worth looking at before we get to the tunes though.

The most interesting factoid is that the most popular listening hours were 06:00 to 09:00 globally. Spotify also noted that there were over 65 000 playlists created with BLM or Black Lives Matter in the title. Spotify’s own Black Lives Matter playlist drew in over 64 million streams.

Spotify also saw a 55 percent increase in streams from a console.

As for podcasts, 2020 saw a 180 percent increase in folks listening to health and wellness podcasts. Spotify also reports that, “more 18 – 24 year olds listened to a podcast for the first time this year”, though and exact number wasn’t provided.

Enough of the data though, let’s talk about music.

While Master KG’s Jerusalema created a viral dance sensation it was not the most streamed track in South Africa. That honour goes to Elaine with You’re the One. The most streamed local album was Kabza De Small’s I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust.

Looking at international artists, Blinding Lights by The Weeknd was the most streamed track while Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon was the most streamed album in South Africa.

Personalised Wrapped information will be released “in the coming days” and we’re keen to see how 2020 shaped our listening habits. For now, you can browse the charts for Spotify 2020 Wrapped South Africa below.

Most Streamed Artists in South Africa

  1. Drake
  2. Juice WRLD
  3. Kabza De Small
  4. Khalid
  5. The Weeknd
  6. Travis Scott
  7. Pop Smoke
  8. Post Malone
  9. Billie Eilish
  10. Eminem

Most Streamed Female Artists in South Africa

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Beyoncé
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Halsey
  6. Rihanna
  7. Dua Lipa
  8. Nicki Minaj
  9. Jhené Aiko
  10. Selena Gomez

Most Streamed Tracks in South Africa

  1. Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  2. The Box by Roddy Ricch
  3. Roses – Imanbek Remix by Imanbek, SAINt JHN
  4. Dance Monkey by Tones and I
  5. ROCKSTAR (feat. Roddy Ricch) by DaBaby, Roddy Ricch
  6. Life Is Good (feat. Drake) by Drake, Future
  7. Circles by Post Malone
  8. Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa
  9. Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi
  10. Toosie Slide by Drake

Most Streamed Albums in South Africa

  1. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, Pop Smoke
  2. Legends Never Die, Juice WRLD
  3. After Hours,The Weeknd
  4. Hollywood’s Bleeding, Post Malone
  5. Please Excuse Me For Being Anti Social, Roddy Ricch
  6. Dark Lane Demo Tapes, Drake
  7. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, Lewis Capaldi
  8. Fine Line, Harry Styles
  9. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO GO?, Billie Eilish
  10. No. 6 Collaborations Project, Ed Sheeran

Most Streamed South African Artists in South Africa

  1. Kabza De Small
  2. DJ Maphorisa
  3. Nasty C
  4. Spoegwolf
  5. Joyous Celebration
  6. Elaine
  7. Cassper Nyovest
  8. Snotkop
  9. Bok Van Blerk
  10. Appel

Most Streamed South African Tracks in South Africa

  1. You’re the One by Elaine
  2. eMcimbini (Live) by Aymos, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mas Musiq, Myztro, Samthing Soweto
  3. Tender Love (feat. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small) by Sha Sha, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small
  4. Jerusalema (feat.Nomcebo Zikode) by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode
  5. Risky by Elaine
  6. Xola Moya Wam’ (feat. Master KG) by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode
  7. Lorch by by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Kammu Dee, Miano, Semi Tee
  8. Into Ngawe by Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician
  9. Love You Tonight (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Sha Sha & Kabza De Small) by DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mfr Souls, Sha Sha
  10. Sandton by Bontle Smith, DJ Maphorisa, Focalistic, Kabza De Small, Kamo Mpela

Most Streamed South African Albums in South Africa

  1. I Am The King Of AmaPiano: Sweet & Dust, Kabza De Small
  2. Scorpion Kings Live, Kabza De Small
  3. The Return Of The Scorpion Kings, Kabza De Small
  4. Zulu Man With Some Power, Nasty C
  5. Isphithiphithi, Samthing Soweto
  6. A.M.N (Any Minute Now), Cassper Nyovest
  7. Umithi, Blaq Diamond
  8. Xola Moya Wam’, Nomcebo Zikode
  9. Scorpion Kings, DJ Maphorisa
  10. Emakhaya, Mlindo The Vocalist

Most Streamed South African Female Artists in South Africa

  1. Elaine
  2. Ami Faku
  3. Demi Lee Moore
  4. Sha Sha
  5. Juanita Du Plessis
  6. Nomcebo Zikode
  7. Karen Zoid
  8. Zonke
  9. Makhadzi
  10. Lebo Sekgobela
Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.

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