Skip to main content

Home Music Music News

Adele & The Weeknd score world’s best-selling records of 2021

It marks the second consecutive year that The Weeknd has picked up the biggest single accolade

By Nick Reilly

Adele poses for Rolling Stone UK (Picture: Lawrence Jones/First Light Media/Rolling Stone UK)
(Photo: Lawrence Jones/First Light Media/Rolling Stone UK)

Adele’s fourth album ’30’ and The Weeknd’s soul-bearing single ‘Save Your Tears’ were the world’s best-selling records of 2021.

That’s according to official data from music industry body IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), who say that Adele’s latest record sold more than five million copies in just two months, making it the biggest-selling record on vinyl and CD.

The Weekend topped the song charts meanwhile, after his contemplative hit banked 2.15 billion streams and topped the charts in 18 countries.

It marks the second consecutive year that the Canadian singer scored the honour, after ‘Blinding Lights’ became the biggest hit of 2020.

The success continued for that track in 2021, where it ended up seventh in the rankings.

You can check out the list of the top ten global singles of 2021 in full below.

1 ARTIST: The Weeknd TRACK: Save Your Tears STREAMS (BN): 2.15
2 The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber STAY 2.07
3 Dua Lipa Levitating 1.88
4 BTS Butter 1.76
5 Olivia Rodrigo drivers license 1.73
6 Justin Bieber (ft. Daniel Caesar, Giveon) Peaches 1.72
7 The Weeknd Blinding Lights 1.61
8 Olivia Rodrigo good 4 u 1.61
9 Lil Nas X MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) 1.60
10 Ed Sheeran Bad Habits

The IFPI’s annual chart of the year usually accounts for downloads, streams and physical purchases to analyse the biggest hits across the globe.

Adele‘s triumph comes after she led the winners at last month’s BRIT Awards 2022, taking home three awards at the prestigious ceremony.

The music icon triumphed as she picked up Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year for ’30’ and Song Of The Year for ‘Easy On Me’.