The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” was a lights-out streaming hit in 2020.
Now it’s official: the Canadian R&B artist’s ubiquitous song was the world’s most-popular single of the year last year across all digital formats.
“Blinding Lights” wins IFPI Global Digital Single Award for 2020, an honor that includes single track downloads, and streams on both paid subscriptions and ad-supported services.
Over the course of 2020, the After Hours release amassed 2.72 billion subscription stream equivalents worldwide, according to the IFPI, and hit No. 1 in more than 30 countries, including the United States.
Along the way, it smashed the record for the most weeks spent atop Billboard’s all-format Radio Songs airplay chart, it led the Spotify’s year-end Most Streamed Songs Globally list, and became the first track in recorded music history to log a full year in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
“Blinding Lights” was “undoubtedly one of the year’s biggest record breakers and most loved songs,” comments Frances Moore, CEO of IFPI. “It caught the attention of music lovers all over the world. We would like to congratulate The Weeknd on his success, and it is an honor to award him this title.”
Released in November 2019, “Blinding Lights” is one of two songs to surpass two billion subscription stream equivalents during the year.
The other, Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey,” blasted past 2.34 billion in 2020 for No. 2 on the IFPI’s Global Digital Singles tally.
The IFPI Global Digital Single Award is the second award unveiled by the international trade body in 2020. Earlier, BTS were named as of 2020’s IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award. The K-pop superstars’ No. 1 hit “Dynamite” comes in at No. 10 on the IFPI Global Digital Single list.
Top 10 Global Digital Singles 2020
1. The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” (2.72 billion)
2. Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” (2.34 billion)
3. Roddy Ricch, “The Box” (1.67 billion)
4. Saint Jhn, “Roses” (1.64 billion)
5. Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now” (1.62 billion)
6. Future (feat. Drake), “Life Is Good” (1.57 billion)
7. Xiao Zhan, “Made To Love” (1.48 billion)
8. DaBaby (feat. Roddy Ricch), “Rockstar” (1.45 billion)
9. Billie Eilish, “Bad Guy” (1.36 billion)
10. BTS, “Dynamite” (1.28 billion)