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.

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

1The WeekndBlinding Lights307386
2Dua LipaDon’t Start Now263216
3Lady Gaga, Ariana GrandeRain On Me220650
4Jax Jones, Ella HendersonThis Is Real189019
5Tones And IDance Monkey186109
6Lewis CapaldiBefore You Go172919
7Harry StylesAdore You172086
8Little MixBreak Up Song168969
9Jubel Feat. NeimyDancing In The Moonlight166448
10Ed Sheeran & Justin BieberI Don’t Care163520
11Maroon 5Memories153219
12Doja CatSay So148443
13Becky Hill ft. Shift K3YBetter Off Without You146196
14Dua LipaBreak My Heart143675
15Dua LipaPhysical136406
16Kygo & Whitney HoustonHigher Love134281
17Harry StylesWatermelon Sugar122665
18Topic, A7sBreaking Me119476
19Ed Sheeran feat. KhalidBeautiful People117736
20SAINt JHNRoses116322
21Miley CyrusMidnight Sky115936
22Lady GagaStupid Love112326
23Jonas BrothersWhat A Man Gotta Do103234
24Lewis CapaldiHold Me While You Wait103159
25Shawn Mendes & Camila CabelloSeñorita100331
26Joel Corry Feat. MNEKHead & Heart98205
27Jason DeruloTake You Dancing89272
28Regard & RayeSecrets85640
29Tom WalkerBetter Half of Me84988
30DJ RegardRide It84533
31Lizzo Feat. Ariana GrandeGood As Hell84297
32Jawsh 685 x Jason DeruloSavage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)83555
33Stormzy Feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna BoyOwn It82878
35Calvin Harris & Rag’n’bone ManGiant80699
36Selena GomezLose You To Love Me80589
37Ava MaxKings & Queens80214
38Jax Jones, Martin Solveig, Raye, EuropaTequila – Jax Jones & Martin Solveig Present Europa77046
39220 Kid, GraceyDon’t Need Love75874
40Clean Bandit & Mabel Feat. 24kGoldnTick Tock74113
41Kygo, Tina TurnerWhat’s Love Got to Do with It73539
42Sigala feat. Ella HendersonWe Got Love71343
43P!nkWalk Me Home70346
44Khalid x DisclosureKnow Your Worth70200
45SigalaLasting Lover69744
46Sam Smith & NormaniDancing With A Stranger69729
47HalseyYou should be sad68038
48Post MaloneCircles67808
49Sam SmithDiamonds67239
5024kgoldn feat. Iann DiorMood66940
51Sza & Justin TimberlakeThe Other Side66471
52Becky Hill, SigalaHeaven On My Mind64259
53Marshmello feat. ChvrchesHere With Me63931
54Little MixHoliday63299
55Dua LipaHallucinate62915
56Freya RidingsCastles62466
57Camila Cabello feat. DababyMy Oh My62383
58Keith Urban, P!nkOne Too Many61486
59The WeekndIn Your Eyes60835
60Justin Bieber ft. QuavoIntentions60412
61Ava MaxSweet but Psycho60117
62Calvin Harris feat. Sam SmithPromises59721
63Billie Eilisheverything i wanted59461
64Benee feat. Gus DappertonSupalonely58260
65Katy PerrySmile58251
66Dermot KennedyPower Over Me58216
68MabelDon’t Call Me Up57411
70Ed Sheeran  ft. Camila Cabello & Cardi BSouth of the Border52887
71Powfu feat. beabadoobeedeath bed (coffee for your head)51794
72Ariana Grande, Justin BieberStuck with U51194
73AviciiWake Me Up51072
74CelesteStop This Flame50881
75Daft Punk feat. Pharrell WilliamsGet Lucky50700
76Nathan DaweLighter ft. KSI50496
77Sam SmithHow Do You Sleep?50202
78Rita OraLet You Love Me50201
79Justin Bieber, Chance The RapperHoly49918
80Justin TimberlakeCAN’T STOP THE FEELING!49911
81Mark Ronson feat. Bruno MarsUptown Funk49524
82Jp Saxe feat. Julia MichaelsIf The World Was Ending49418
83Arizona ZervasROXANNE48714
84Mark Ronson feat. Amy WinehouseValerie48681
85AJ Tracey & MabelWest Ten48673
86AdeleRolling In The Deep48311
87Clean BanditSymphony (feat. Zara Larsson)48071
88Dua LipaLevitating47846
89Walk The MoonShut Up and Dance47214
90Tate McRaeyou broke me first47167
91Tom WalkerJust You and I47051
92Sam FischerThis City [Luca Schreiner Remix]46303
93The 1975If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)46067
94Sam Feldt Feat. RANIPost Malone45941
95The Chainsmokers & ColdplaySomething Just Like This45166
96George EzraShotgun44804
97Leann RimesCan’t Fight The Moonlight44691
98Justin BieberYummy44536
99Sia feat. Sean PaulCheap Thrills44362
100Dermot KennedyGiants44339
101Paul WoolfordLooking for Me44078
102The CallingWherever You Will Go43972
103Rita OraHow To Be Lonely43874
104Clean BanditRockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)43732
105Tiësto feat. MabelGod Is A Dancer43654
106Jonas Blue feat. DakotaFast Car43637
107Meduza x Becky Hill x GoodboysLose Control43432
108Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman EnsembleThis Is Me43168
109Dermot KennedyOutnumbered43097
111Jason DeruloWant To Want Me42849
112Rudimental Feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen These Days42767
113Goo Goo DollsIris42567
114ColdplayViva La Vida42375
115Bruno MarsJust The Way You Are42263
116Jess GlynneThursday41877
117Panic! At The DiscoHigh Hopes41674
118Swedish House MafiaDon’t You Worry Child41652
119Amy WinehouseRehab40860
120SoniqueIt Feels So Good40771
121Maroon 5 feat. Christina AguileraMoves Like Jagger40657
122Lennon Stella Feat. Charlie PuthSummer Feelings40543
123Meduza feat. GoodboysPiece Of Your Heart40504
124A-haTake On Me40329
125Years & YearsIf You?re Over Me39712
126Lewis CapaldiSomeone You Loved39563
127Portugal. The ManFeel It Still39413
128Tears For FearsEverybody Wants To Rule The World39394
129Years & YearsKing39262
131David Guetta Feat. SiaTitanium39077
132Selena GomezRare38933
133Ellie GouldingLove Me Like You Do38913
134Amy WinehouseBack To Black38683
135Mary MaryShackles (Praise You)38230
136Lewis CapaldiBruises37973
137Cece PenistonFinally37797
138StarshipNothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now37682
139New RadicalsYou Get What You Give37659
140No DoubtDon’t Speak37486
141RihannaWe Found Love37462
142AviciiHey Brother37430
143John LegendAll Of Me37383
144Sam Smith, Demi LovatoI’m Ready37308
145DrakeToosie Slide37206
146Beyoncé feat. Jay-ZCrazy In Love37166
147Jess GlynneAll I Am37108
148Billie EilishBad Guy37103
149Philip Oakey, Giorgio MoroderTogether In Electric Dreams37023
150Lil 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.