For the second year in a row, the megastar artist took the top spot on Pandora’s Top Thumb Hundred, led by her GRAMMY-nominated #1 hit, “Up.” Last year, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s “WAP” seized Pandora’s #1 most-thumbed spot. In addition to maintaining her place atop the chart for 2021, Cardi’s presence is felt elsewhere on this year’s list as a featured artist on “Wild Side” by Normani (#18) and “Rumors” by Lizzo (#85).
Only Pandora lets users “thumb” songs to create a personalized listening experience that evolves with their taste and preferences. By tapping the thumbs-up icon when they hear a song they like (or thumbs-down when they don’t), listeners enable Pandora’s recommendation technology to serve up the perfect songs for each user and every moment. With over 100 billion generated by users (and counting), Pandora’s thumbs are a unique barometer for what’s hot in music right now.
Drake has claimed the most spots in 2021’s rankings with 9 tracks – 4 of which made the top 20. His single “Way 2 Sexy (feat. Future & Young Thug)” comes in at #8, with “Knife Talk (feat. 21 Savage & Project Pat),” “What’s Next,” and “Girls Want Girls (feat. Lil Baby)” ranking at #10, #12 and #13, respectively. Megan Thee Stallion put up 5 songs on this year’s list, while Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo scored 4.
Adele, who has made the list in the past, returns this year with “Easy On Me.” Doja Cat appears with her GRAMMY-nominated tracks “Kiss Me More” and “Need To Know,” and Ed Sheeran‘s dancefloor-friendly smash “Bad Habits” broke the top 20. And new to the Top Thumb Hundred is pop-country crossover favorite Walker Hayes with his GRAMMY-nominated “Fancy Like.”
Check out Pandora’s 20 most-thumbed tracks of 2021 below and the full 2021 Top Thumb Hundred playlist HERE.
Listeners can see who made their personal list of most-loved songs for 2021 with Pandora Playback at: Playback.Pandora.com.
Pandora Top Thumbed Tracks of 2021
- Up – Cardi B
- Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic
- Easy On Me – Adele
- Fancy Like – Walker Hayes
- Time Today – Moneybagg Yo
- Best Friend (feat. Doja Cat) – Saweetie
- Way 2 Sexy (feat. Future & Young Thug) – Drake
- Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby) – Megan Thee Stallion
- STAY – The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
- Knife Talk (feat. 21 Savage & Project Pat) – Drake
- Bad Habits – Ed Sheeran
- What’s Next – Drake
- Girls Want Girls (feat. Lil Baby) – Drake
- Body – Megan Thee Stallion
- Wockesha – Moneybagg Yo
- On Me – Lil Baby
- Peaches (feat. Daniel Caesar & Giveon) – Justin Bieber
- Wild Side (feat. Cardi B) – Normani
- Thot Shit – Megan Thee Stallion
- EVERY CHANCE I GET (feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk) – DJ Khaled
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