London Grammar, Taylor Swift and Max Richter: Qobuz presents its UK Top Tracks, Albums and Artists for 2021

London, U.K., 30th November, 2021 – As another year draws to a close, it is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past year. What better way to reminisce than to look back at the music and artists we loved in 2021. Qobuz, the high-resolution music streaming and download platform, has unveiled its 50 most-streamed titles and top 10 most-streamed albums, as well as their top 10 most played bands and female and male artists of 2021.

Classic tracks and artists remain in the top spots but new artists are making their mark

The Beatles top the list for the most played bands of 2021, with Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, London Grammar and The Rolling Stones all making the top 5. London Grammar had the most streamed album of the year with “Californian Soil” and their song of the same name was the second most streamed track of 2021. London Grammar have come from strength to strength in the last year and their presence in the top bands, top albums and the top tracks of 2021 is a clear example of their growth. Read more about London Grammar’s exclusive interview.

Taylor Swift has taken first place in the Top Female Artists list, closely followed by Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Lana Del Rey and Joni Mitchell all in the top 5. Taylor Swift’s re-recordings “Fearless (Taylors Version)” and “Red (Taylors Version)” have helped her reach the top spot. With plans to bring out a further 4 re-recorded albums, we can be sure that she will remain near the top for upcoming years too. Her presence in the Top Female Artists shows a possible shift in the listening habits of Qobuz users who are broadening their music tastes.

The Top Male Artists included many classic and timeless musicians. David Bowie took the top spot with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison all in the top 5. German-British composer Max Richter was the second most streamed male artist of 2021. His album, “Exiles” released this year, is a clear favourite with Qobuz listeners with the track “Richter: Exiles” being the most streamed of 2021.

To discover the 50 most-streamed titles in the UK 2021, listen to Qobuz Top Streaming 2021

Top Female Artists of 2021

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Norah Jones
  3. Diana Krall
  4. Lana Del Rey
  5. Joni Mitchell
  6. Melody Gardot
  7. Billie Eilish
  8. Amy Winehouse
  9. Ella Fitzgerald
  10. Adele

“Unmissable stars and young talents meet in the Top Female Artists of 2021 in a collection of musicians who could not be more eclectic. Between the pop mixed with folk of Taylor Swift and the sensual jazz of Norah Jones, the vintage soul of Amy Winehouse, the melancholic pop of Billie Eilish and the intimate folk of Joni Mitchell, the Top Female Artists of 2021 may differ in many ways but they all show a common theme in expressing themselves through the music they have made.” – Marc Zisman, Chief Editor at Qobuz.

Top Male Artists of 2021

  1. David Bowie
  2. Max Richter
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Neil Young
  5. Van Morrison
  6. Bruce Springsteen
  7. Miles Davis
  8. Elton John
  9. Víkingur Ólafsson
  10. Eric Clapton

“Five years after his death, David Bowie, whose albums are almost all available in Hi-Res quality, remains as popular as ever on Qobuz. It is also no surprise to find Neil Young in the Top Male Artists of 2021, his music has shown itself to be timeless and Young himself is passionate about Hi-Res. This year also marked 30 years since the acclaimed Jazz musician Miles Davis died, yet his discography (of which is almost all available in Hi-Res) has been  proven to possess an eternal modernity. Finally, it is Max Richter’s neo-classic which makes a remarkable entry into the Top Male Artists of 2021.” – Marc Zisman, Chief Editor at Qobuz 

Top Tracks of 2021

  1. Max Richter – ‘Richter: Exiles’
  2. London Grammar – ‘Californian Soil’
  3. Eagles – ‘Hotel California’
  4. Fleetwood Mac – ‘Dreams’
  5. Phil Collins – ‘In the Air Tonight’
  6. Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’
  7. Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’
  8. Billie Eilish – ‘bad guy’
  9. The Doors – ‘Riders on the Storm’
  10. Melody Gardot – ‘If You Love Me’

Top Bands of 2021

  1. The Beatles
  2. Pink Floyd
  3. Fleetwood Mac
  4. London Grammar
  5. The Rolling Stones
  6. Radiohead
  7. Dire Straits
  8. Eagles
  9. Coldplay
  10. ABBA

  Top Albums of 2021

  1. London Grammar – ‘Californian Soil’
  2. Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’
  3. Wolf Alice – ‘Blue Weekend’
  4. Pink Floyd – ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’
  5. Moby – ‘Reprise’
  6. The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’
  7. Melody Gardot – ‘Sunset In The Blue’
  8. Lana Del Rey – ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’
  9. Billie Eilish – ‘Happier Than Ever (Explicit)’
  10. Pink Floyd – ‘The Wall’

About Qobuz
Founded in 2007, a pioneer of high-quality sound, Qobuz is the French music streaming and download service that meets the needs of demanding music lovers and audiophiles. Available in 18 countries around the world, in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Qobuz offers an exceptional range of exclusive editorial content written by a team of experts. With its catalogue of more than 70 million tracks, Qobuz also has the richest choice of high-resolution (hi-res) references on the market. Qobuz is licensed for Hi-Res Audio by the Japan Audio Society (JAS). For more information, visit qobuz.com 

UK Press Contacts: 

Starscream Communications

Kashfia Kabir – kash@starscreamcommunications.co.uk 

Amber Johnson – amber@starscreamcommunications.co.uk

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