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Top Albums and Songs Streamed on Spotify this year in South Africa

Since being introduced in Mzansi in 2018 , Spotify has exposed talent in the country to different parts of the world. Spotify Wrapped shows users the most streamed albums, songs and artists. There are a lot of international artists streamed in the country, however Amapiano is the country’s biggest genre.

DJ Maphorisa and Kaabza Da Small
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Most Streamed Local Artists

Chart topping duo, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small took the 1st and 2nd spot respectively. Their joint venture into the Amapiano genre, the two have kept the country vibing during the toughest lockdowns. DJ Maphorisa has featured in 4 albums this year alone. Meanwhile, Kabza De Small released Pretty Girls Love Amapiano 3. Busta 929, sits at number 3 and his hit song Umsebenzi Wethu which was released last year is still in the top 5 of most streamed songs in SA this year. De Mthuda and Mr JazziQ take the 4th and 5th place respectively.

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Most Streamed Albums

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy was the most-streamed album in South Africa on Spotify. However, Blxckie’s B4Now took the second spot in the South African Most Streamed album. Recently, Blxckie took the number one spot as the Hottest MC in the country, as listed by MTV Base. A-Reece’s Today’s Tragedy, Tomorrow’s Memory: The Mixtape is at number three while Busta 929’s Undisputed Vol 2 and Makhadzi’s Kokovha at number four and five, respectively.

Mpura and Busta929
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Most Streamed Songs

In this list, it is a bit surprising that there is only one South African song. Although, Spotify creates a list specifically for the artists in South Africa, in the overall songs streamed the one present from Mzansi was released in 2020. Taking the top spot is The Kid LAROI with his single titled Stay ft Justin Bieber. The Business by Tiesto is number two. Ed Sheeran comes in at number 3 with his single ‘Bad Habits’ from his 4th full length album. The only South African song on this list is Umsebenzi Wethu by Busta 929 and it take the fourth position. Olivia Rodrigo takes the fifth spot with the single ‘drivers license’.

Spotify is a great platform to discover new artists, songs or genres. Furthermore, Spotify Wrapped is one of the coolest ways to find out what you listen to without noticing.

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