Following its record-breaking run on the weekly list, which combines streaming, radio airplay, and sales data, Dua Lipa‘s “Levitating” takes the top spot on Billboard’s 2021 year-end Hot 100 Songs chart. Meanwhile, Olivia Rodrigo takes the top spot in Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 Artists review for 2021, becoming the youngest woman to ever win the category in the chart’s 63-year history.
On October 17, 2020, “Levitating” made its debut on Billboard’s weekly Hot 100. It peaked at No. 2 in a survey conducted on May 22, 2021, and has yet to drop off the list as of the most recent survey, conducted on December 4, 2021. The song charted in the top 40 of the Hot 100 for every week of the 2021 chart year (Nov. 21, 2020-Nov. 13, 2021), with 41 of those periods in the top 10 — a Hot 100 record for a female single. Only The Weeknd’s 57-week run in the top 10 with “Blinding Lights,” the year-end Hot 100 No. 1, has a longer run.
“It’s nice after you work so hard, especially despite the pandemic, when you’ve got limited resources,” Dua Lipa told Billboard after learning of “Levitating’s” top year-end position.
“So it means a lot to me. ‘Levitating’ doing its thing on the Billboard chart is absolutely surreal. That song has been my baby for so long, and to have it out in the world, and for people’s response to be the way that it is, it’s just absolutely mind-blowing to me. I’m really, really, really grateful for it all.”
“Levitating’s” perseverance paid off, as it became only the third song in history to be named the Hot 100’s year-end top hit despite never reaching No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 chart. Only in 2000 and 2001, when Faith Hill’s “Breathe” and Lifehouse’s “Hanging by a Moment” were the biggest successes of their respective years, has a non-weekly leader won for a whole year since the chart began in August 1958. Both songs also spent five weeks and four weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Both songs, like “Levitating,” had year-plus chart runs, allowing them to finish at the top of the year-end chart.
For the first time since Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” reigned at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Songs in 2011, the year-end No. 1 is by a lead female artist. (The last year-end No. 1 to have a female performer was Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which featured Kimbra.)
Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” also tops the Billboard Global 200, Streaming Songs, Radio Songs, Pop Airplay, Adult Pop Airplay, and Billboard Canadian Hot 100 charts for the year ending in 2021.