By: Eve Nevelos, Editorial Staff ‘24

  1. “Future Nostalgia”- Dua Lipa
  2. “Fake”- Lauv & Conan Gray
  3. “Blackpink: The Album”- Blackpink
  4. “After Hours”- The Weeknd
  5. “Folklore”- Taylor Swift
  6. “Eternal Atake”- Lil Uzi Vert
  7. “Circles”- Mac Miller
  8. “The Slow Rush”- Tame Impala
  9. “Wachito Rico”- boy pablo
  10. “Fake It Flowers”- beabadoobee

In first place is Dua Lipa’s album “Future Nostalgia,” released March 27, 2020. Dua Lipa has had a record year, releasing thirty-three independent and collaboratory songs. Within the first twenty-four hours of “Future Nostalgia”’s release, it racked up nine hundred thirty-two million streams on Spotify alone. 

Second place goes to Lauv & Conan Gray’s EP, “Fake,” released October 13, 2020, after teasing their audience on TikTok. “Fake” has 11 million streams on Spotify thus far. The music video for “Fake” was full of color, impressive choreography, and insight into Conan and Lauv’s lives. 

Blackpink’s “Blackpink: The Album” was released on October 2, 2020, becoming an instant hit amongst fans. “How You Like That,” a pre-release single, has over 230 million streams on Spotify and is popular with Indian Hills students, earning third place on this list. Social media quickly adopted the new songs, creating new trends to go along with them. 

Two honorable mentions go to BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” and Harry Styles’ “Fine Line.” BTS, like Blackpink, has taken the world by storm, gaining new international fans every day. Although “Fine Line” was released in later 2019, it is still a popular album, with its most listened-to song, “Watermelon Sugar”, getting over 800 million streams on Spotify. 

Indian Hills students, much like the rest of the world, have been listening to music more than ever before over quarantine and into the beginning of the new school year. Smaller artists are on the rise thanks to streaming platforms creating curated playlists and the help of social media ‘blowing up’ new songs. Keep jammin’ out, Hills!