UK: Most played songs on the radio during 2020!

Published January 7th, 2021

A new annual statement from WARM reveals which songs have had the most radio airplay in the United Kingdom during 2020.

We recently released an article about the most played songs and artists during 2020, radio (based on WARM data) vs online streaming (based on Spotify data). But, since the UK is Europe’s biggest music market, we thought it was only right to zoom into its radio top 150 chart. Discover the songs that British radio stations, and their audience, loved the most over this past year.

Photo: Duncan Loudon
The Weeknd. Photo by Duncan Loudon

The list below gathers the top 150 songs. It includes both, expected and unexpected titles. Positioned at the very top is "Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd, a song released in November 2019 that is also the most streamed song on Spotify in 2020. While the #1 song is a very recent one, when scrolling down we find "Africa" at position #110, an 80's classic by American rock band Toto. The hit was originally released back in 1982 and has proven to have no intentions of leaving the rankings anytime soon.

While most of the songs on the list were released between 2019 and 2020, the ranking has splashes of nostalgia as it includes some British classics. Positioned at # 86 is "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele, a song released 10 years ago. Similarly, at position # 119 is "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse, a song released in 2006.

The top 150 chart by WARM uses a 1:1 count based on 1046 monitored UK radio stations, the largest coverage of radio stations among other radio tracking platforms in the UK.

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Check out the UK's radio Top 150 songs in the chart below:

RankArtistTitlePlays 1The WeekndBlinding Lights3073862Dua LipaDon't Start Now2632163Lady Gaga, Ariana GrandeRain On Me2206504Jax Jones, Ella HendersonThis Is Real1890195Tones And IDance Monkey1861096Lewis CapaldiBefore You Go1729197Harry StylesAdore You1720868Little MixBreak Up Song1689699Jubel Feat. NeimyDancing In The Moonlight16644810Ed Sheeran & Justin BieberI Don't Care16352011Maroon 5Memories15321912Doja CatSay So14844313Becky Hill ft. Shift K3YBetter Off Without You14619614Dua LipaBreak My Heart14367515Dua LipaPhysical13640616Kygo & Whitney HoustonHigher Love13428117Harry StylesWatermelon Sugar12266518Topic, A7sBreaking Me11947619Ed Sheeran feat. KhalidBeautiful People11773620SAINt JHNRoses11632221Miley CyrusMidnight Sky11593622Lady GagaStupid Love11232623Jonas BrothersWhat A Man Gotta Do10323424Lewis CapaldiHold Me While You Wait10315925Shawn Mendes & Camila CabelloSeñorita10033126Joel Corry Feat. MNEKHead & Heart9820527Jason DeruloTake You Dancing8927228Regard & RayeSecrets8564029Tom WalkerBetter Half of Me8498830DJ RegardRide It8453331Lizzo Feat. Ariana GrandeGood As Hell8429732Jawsh 685 x Jason DeruloSavage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)8355533Stormzy Feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna BoyOwn It8287834MabelBoyfriend8142035Calvin Harris & Rag'n'bone ManGiant8069936Selena GomezLose You To Love Me8058937Ava MaxKings & Queens8021438Jax Jones, Martin Solveig, Raye, EuropaTequila - Jax Jones & Martin Solveig Present Europa7704639220 Kid, GraceyDon't Need Love7587440Clean Bandit & Mabel Feat. 24kGoldnTick Tock7411341Kygo, Tina TurnerWhat's Love Got to Do with It7353942Sigala feat. Ella HendersonWe Got Love7134343P!nkWalk Me Home7034644Khalid x DisclosureKnow Your Worth7020045SigalaLasting Lover6974446Sam Smith & NormaniDancing With A Stranger6972947HalseyYou should be sad6803848Post MaloneCircles6780849Sam SmithDiamonds672395024kgoldn feat. Iann DiorMood6694051Sza & Justin TimberlakeThe Other Side6647152Becky Hill, SigalaHeaven On My Mind6425953Marshmello feat. ChvrchesHere With Me6393154Little MixHoliday6329955Dua LipaHallucinate6291556Freya RidingsCastles6246657Camila Cabello feat. DababyMy Oh My6238358Keith Urban, P!nkOne Too Many6148659The WeekndIn Your Eyes6083560Justin Bieber ft. QuavoIntentions6041261Ava MaxSweet but Psycho6011762Calvin Harris feat. Sam SmithPromises5972163Billie Eilisheverything i wanted5946164Benee feat. Gus DappertonSupalonely5826065Katy PerrySmile5825166Dermot KennedyPower Over Me5821667AnneMarie20025779368MabelDon't Call Me Up5741169Anne-MarieBirthday5695170Ed Sheeran ft. Camila Cabello & Cardi BSouth of the Border5288771Powfu feat. beabadoobeedeath bed (coffee for your head)5179472Ariana Grande, Justin BieberStuck with U5119473AviciiWake Me Up5107274CelesteStop This Flame5088175Daft Punk feat. Pharrell WilliamsGet Lucky5070076Nathan DaweLighter ft. KSI5049677Sam SmithHow Do You Sleep?5020278Rita OraLet You Love Me5020179Justin Bieber, Chance The RapperHoly4991880Justin TimberlakeCAN'T STOP THE FEELING!4991181Mark Ronson feat. Bruno MarsUptown Funk4952482Jp Saxe feat. Julia MichaelsIf The World Was Ending4941883Arizona ZervasROXANNE4871484Mark Ronson feat. Amy WinehouseValerie4868185AJ Tracey & MabelWest Ten4867386AdeleRolling In The Deep4831187Clean BanditSymphony (feat. Zara Larsson)4807188Dua LipaLevitating4784689Walk The MoonShut Up and Dance4721490Tate McRaeyou broke me first4716791Tom WalkerJust You and I4705192Sam FischerThis City [Luca Schreiner Remix]4630393The 1975If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)4606794Sam Feldt Feat. RANIPost Malone4594195The Chainsmokers & ColdplaySomething Just Like This4516696George EzraShotgun4480497Leann RimesCan't Fight The Moonlight4469198Justin BieberYummy4453699Sia feat. Sean PaulCheap Thrills44362100Dermot KennedyGiants44339101Paul WoolfordLooking for Me44078102The CallingWherever You Will Go43972103Rita OraHow To Be Lonely43874104Clean BanditRockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)43732105Tiësto feat. MabelGod Is A Dancer43654106Jonas Blue feat. DakotaFast Car43637107Meduza x Becky Hill x GoodboysLose Control43432108Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman EnsembleThis Is Me43168109Dermot KennedyOutnumbered43097110TotoAfrica42914111Jason DeruloWant To Want Me42849112Rudimental Feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan CaplenThese Days42767113Goo Goo DollsIris42567114ColdplayViva La Vida42375115Bruno MarsJust The Way You Are42263116Jess GlynneThursday41877117Panic! At The DiscoHigh Hopes41674118Swedish House MafiaDon't You Worry Child41652119Amy WinehouseRehab40860120SoniqueIt Feels So Good40771121Maroon 5 feat. Christina AguileraMoves Like Jagger40657122Lennon Stella Feat. Charlie PuthSummer Feelings40543123Meduza feat. GoodboysPiece Of Your Heart40504124A-haTake On Me40329125Years & YearsIf You?re Over Me39712126Lewis CapaldiSomeone You Loved39563127Portugal. The ManFeel It Still39413128Tears For FearsEverybody Wants To Rule The World39394129Years & YearsKing39262130SiaChandelier39235131David Guetta Feat. SiaTitanium39077132Selena GomezRare38933133Ellie GouldingLove Me Like You Do38913134Amy WinehouseBack To Black38683135Mary MaryShackles (Praise You)38230136Lewis CapaldiBruises37973137Cece PenistonFinally37797138StarshipNothing's Gonna Stop Us Now37682139New RadicalsYou Get What You Give37659140No DoubtDon't Speak37486141RihannaWe Found Love37462142AviciiHey Brother37430143John LegendAll Of Me37383144Sam Smith, Demi LovatoI'm Ready37308145DrakeToosie Slide37206146Beyoncé feat. Jay-ZCrazy In Love37166147Jess GlynneAll I Am37108148Billie EilishBad Guy37103149Philip Oakey, Giorgio MoroderTogether In Electric Dreams37023150Lil MoseyBlueberry Faygo36991

The data is based on radio airplay collected by WARM (powered by MusicDNA) from December 16th 2019 to December 15th 2020.

It’s worth noting that other radio charts may be influenced by the size and position that certain radio stations occupy in the market. This means that other airplay counts may not necessarily represent the actual number of radio plays. Instead, they are measured considering the radio stations' positions. At WARM we don't assign any such qualifiers in order to keep transparency as a priority.

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