BTS, Taylor Swift, NCT 127, Harry Styles, and more have the best selling albums of 2020

BTS, Taylor Swift, NCT 127, Harry Styles, and more have the best selling albums of 2020

MRC Data just unveiled the top records of 2020.

Using data they've gathered from 3 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, the music data company calculated the most popular and streamed albums and singles in the US based on physical album sales, audio and video streaming, and digital downloads. 

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Lil Baby's My Turn tops the charts for the most popular album of the year, leading the R&B and hip-hop genre which saw over 225 million streams in 2020. 

Taylor Swift's folklore finishes as the top yearend album as the only record to have sold over a million copies in 2020. This comes as the second year in a row for Taylor to achieve the only album of the year to a million copies in the U.S, following her 2019 record Lover.

Taylor Swift is also the only artist to have two of the top 10 selling of 2020, with evermore placing at 10 with over 283,000 copies sold. 

Overall, across all formats, Taylor Swift was the top-selling artist of 2020 followed by global pop group BTS.

BTS' album Map of the Soul: 7 was the second-most popular album of the year, with over 674,000 copies sold. The album released in February 2020 was also the US' top-selling physical album, with 646,000 CDS sold. Their followup album, BE, came in on 5th place with 252,000 units sold since it's release in November. The group's GRAMMY-nominated track 'Dynamite' was also the most downloaded track of the year with over 1.26 million downloads, double of the second best-selling song 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd

However, 'Blinding Lights' was the most popular song on radio in 2020, reaching over 3.81 billion listeners across the US. The track is also the fourth-most streamed song of the year. 

Joining BTS are fellow K-pop group NCT 127 who had the sixth-most popular physical album of the year with their record Neo Zone, which sold over 249,000 copies in the US.

Harry Styles also made an impression on 2020's top records. The GRAMMY-nominated act's Fine Line also chart on the year's top-selling album list with 420,000 physical copies sold. The album is also the top-selling vinyl record of the year, while his track 'Adore You' was the fourth-most popular radio song of the year. 

Also making the top records of 2020 also long-loved acts Queen with Greatest HitsThe Beatles' with Abbey Road, and Fleetwood Mac with Rumours. 

Check the complete list of top albums and singles of 2020, according to MRC Data, below:


TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2020 IN U.S., BY TOTAL EQUIVALENT ALBUM UNITS

  1.  Lil Baby, My Turn (2.632 million)
  2. Taylor Swift, Folklore (2.204 million)
  3. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon (2.198 million)
  4. The Weeknd, After Hours (2.032 million)
  5. Juice Wrld, Legends Never Die (1.990 million)
  6. Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding (1.895 million)
  7. Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake (1.860 million)
  8. Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial (1.792 million)
  9. Harry Styles, Fine Line (1.522 million)
  10. Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get (1.475 million)

TOP 10 SELLING ALBUMS OF 2020 IN U.S.

  1. Taylor Swift, Folklore (1.276 million)
  2. BTS, Map of the Soul: 7 (674,009)
  3. The Weeknd, After Hours (480,000)
  4. Harry Styles, Fine Line (420,000)
  5. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (348,000)
  6. Lady Gaga, Chromatica (331,000)
  7. Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die (301,000)
  8. Halsey, Manic (301,000)
  9. Eminem, Music to Be Murdered By (287,000)
  10. Taylor Swift, Evermore (283,000)

TOP 10 SELLING VINYL ALBUMS OF 2020 IN U.S.

  1. Harry Styles, Fine Line (232,000)
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (196,000)
  3. Queen, Greatest Hits (176,000)
  4. The Beatles, Abbey Road (161,000)
  5. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy, Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 (152,000)
  6. Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… (148,000)
  7. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (138,000)
  8. Billie Eilish, Dont Smile at Me (126,000)
  9. Michael Jackson, Thriller (125,000)
  10. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (117,000)

TOP 10 PHYSICAL ALBUMS OF 2020 IN THE U.S.

  1. BTS’s “Map of the Soul: 7” — 646,000
  2. Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” — 482,000
  3. Harry Styles’s “Fine Line” — 365,000
  4. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — 281,000
  5. BTS’s “BE” — 252,000
  6. NCT 127’s “Neo Zone” — 249,000
  7. Kenny Chesney’s “Here and Now” — 244,000
  8. Queen’s “Greatest Hits” — 233,000
  9. Carrie Underwood’s “My Gift” — 221,000
  10. The Beatles’s “Abbey Road” — 202,000

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED SONGS OF 2020 IN U.S., ON-DEMAND (AUDIO & VIDEO COMBINED)

  1. Roddy Ricch, “The Box” (1.32 billion)
  2. Future featuring Drake, “Life Is Good” (1.035 billion)
  3. DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (863.95 million)
  4. The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” (821.12 million)
  5. Jack Harlow, “Whats Poppin” (788.74 million)
  6. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP” (732.7 million)
  7. Megan Thee Stallion, “Savage” (612.03 million)
  8. Lil Mosey, “Blueberry Faygo” (593.01 million)
  9. Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” (570.48 million)
  10. Doja Cat, “Say So” (562.38 million)

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2020 IN U.S., AUDIO-ONLY

  1. Roddy Ricch, “The Box” (920.42 million)
  2. The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” (691.5 million)
  3. DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (673.98 million)
  4. Future featuring Drake, “Life Is Good” (651.34 million)
  5. Jack Harlow, “Whats Poppin” (643.67 million)
  6. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP” (492.24 million)
  7. Megan Thee Stallion, “Savage” (492.05 million)
  8. Lil Mosey, “Blueberry Faygo” (490.75 million)
  9. Post Malone, “Circles” (456.85 million)
  10. Saint Jhn, “Roses” (454.85 million)

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2020 IN U.S., VIDEO-ONLY

  1. Roddy Ricch, “The Box” (399.22 million)
  2. Future featuring Drake, “Life Is Good” (383.57 million)
  3. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP” (240.45 million)
  4. Pinkfong, “Baby Shark” (207.95 million)
  5. DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch, “Rockstar” (189.97 million)
  6. Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road” (168.45 million)
  7. Eminem featuring Juice WRLD, “Godzilla” (161.33 million)
  8. Jack Harlow, “Whats Poppin” (145.06 million)
  9. Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” (143.46 million)
  10. 6ix9ine, “Gooba” (132.81 million)

TOP 10 SELLING DIGITAL SONGS OF 2020 IN U.S.

  1. BTS, “Dynamite” (1.26 million)
  2. The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” (580,000)
  3. Gabby Barrett, “I Hope” (351,000)
  4. Tones and I, “Dance Monkey” (339,000)
  5. Megan Thee Stallion, “Savage” (336,000)
  6. Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP” (300,000)
  7. Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo, “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” (299,000)
  8. Blake Shelton Duet With Gwen Stefani, “Nobody But You” (288,000)
  9. Post Malone, “Circles” (281,000)
  10. Maroon 5, “Memories” (264,000)

TOP 10 RADIO SONGS OF 2020 IN U.S. (BASED ON AUDIENCE IMPRESSIONS)

  1. The Weeknd, “Blinding Lights” (3.81 billion)
  2. Post Malone, “Circles” (3.51 billion)
  3. Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now” (3.14 billion)
  4. Harry Styles, “Adore You” (3.07 billion)
  5. Maren Morris, “The Bones” (2.46 Billion)
  6. Maroon 5, “Memories” (2.45 billion)
  7. Gabby Barrett, “I Hope” (2.40 billion)
  8. Lewis Capaldi, “Someone You Loved” (2.28 billion)
  9. Lewis Capaldi, “Before You Go” (2.07 billion)
  10. Doja Cat, “Say So” (2.02 billion)