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ARIA’s 2020 year-end charts: The Weeknd, Tones And I, Tame Impala rule

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ARIA’s 2020 year-end charts: The Weeknd, Tones And I, Tame Impala rule

2020 was a long, tough race. Today, The Weeknd, Tones And I and Tame Impala were among the declared winners.

ARIA shares its 2020 year-end charts, which are ruled by the likes of The Weeknd, Tones, Harry Styles, AC/DC and Tame Impala.

Despite failing to score a nomination in any category at the 2021 Grammy Awards, The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) got a lot of love in Australia last year for ‘Blinding Lights.’

Lifted from his fourth studio album After Hours, ‘Blinding Lights’ is the leader on the 2020 ARIA Singles Top 10, ahead of SAINt JHN’s ‘Roses’ and Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now.’

Not bad for a song released in November 2019.

Watch The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’:

The Canadian R&B singer’s omnipresent hit went to No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in January 2020 and stayed there for 10 weeks in total, longer than any other single during the year, earning him an ARIA Award nomination for best international act.

The highest-ranked homegrown single is Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey,’ which comes in at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Top 10 and is the only Australian single to crack the year-end top tier.

Tones’ record-busting 2019 smash recently topped two billion spins on Spotify and is the third most-played track ever on the streamer.

The one-time busker locks-up the top two positions on ARIA’s Australian Artists Singles Top 10, which is led by ‘Dance Monkey’ at No. 1, with its followup ‘Never Seen The Rain’ at No. 2.

Watch Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’:

All told, Tones (real name Toni Watson) snags four spots in the 2020 Australian Artists Singles Chart.

Meanwhile, Flume’s ‘Rushing Back’ featuring Vera Blue, The Rubens’ ‘Live In Life,’ and Sam Fischer’s ‘This City’ complete the Aussie top five, respectively.

One-time One Direction star Harry Styles swerved the sophomore blues with Fine Line, his second solo album.

It’s the No. 1 title on the 2020 ARIA Albums Top 10, despite having spent just one week atop the weekly ARIA Albums Chart.

Fine Line played the long game, as it stayed in the national Top Ten for 48 weeks across 2020.

Australians were wild about Harry. The Brit took out the fan voted best international act gong at the 2020 ARIA Awards.

AC/DC

AC/DC made a roaring comeback with Power Up, which topped charts around the globe.

Angus Young and Co. take out the Australian Artists Albums Chart, even though Power Up was released in mid-November, with just six chart eligible weeks.

Power Up rocks in at No. 4 on the all-titles year-end chart, behind Styles’ second effort, Taylor Swift’s folklore and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

And the best selling record on wax? Step on up Kevin Parker, whose fourth Tame Impala LP The Slow Rush topped the inaugural 2020 Vinyl Albums Top 10, ahead of Powerfinger’s 20th anniversary edition of Odyssey Number Five.

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker photo by Matt Sav

2020 ARIA Singles Top 10

1. The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
2. SAINt JHN – ‘Roses’
3. Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’
4. Tones And I – ‘Dance Monkey’
5. DaBaby Feat. Roddy Rich – ‘Rockstar’
6. Harry Styles – ‘Watermelon Sugar’
7. Post Malone – ‘Circles’
8. Lewis Capaldi – ‘Before You Go’
9. Justin Bieber Feat. Quavo – ‘Intentions’
10. Doja Cat – ‘Say So’

2020 ARIA Australian Artists Singles Top 10

1. Tones And I – ‘Dance Monkey’
2. Tones And I – ‘Never Seen The Rain’
3. Flume Feat. Vera Blue – ‘Rushing Back’
4. The Rubens – ‘Live In Life’
5. Sam Fischer – ‘This City’
6. Be Alright – ‘Dean Lewis’
7. 5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Youngblood’
8. Tones And I – ‘Bad Child’
9. Tame Impala – ‘The Less I Know The Better’
10. Guy Sebastian – ‘Choir’

2020 ARIA Albums Top 10

1. Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’
2. Taylor Swift – ‘folklore’
3. Billie Eilish – ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’
4. AC/DC – ‘PWRϟUP’
5. Luke Combs – ‘What You See Is What You Get’
6. Dua Lipa – ‘Future Nostalgia’
7. Post Malone – ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’
8. Elton John – ‘Diamonds’
9. The Weeknd – ‘After Hours’
10. Eminem – ‘Music To Be Murdered By’

2020 ARIA Australian Artists Albums Top 10

1. AC/DC – ‘PWRϟUP’
2. Tame Impala – ‘The Slow Rush’
3. Various – ‘Music From The Home Front’
4. Guy Sebastian – ‘T.R.U.T.H.’
5. The Kid Laroi – ‘F*ck Love (Savage)’
6. Cold Chisel – ‘The Best Of Cold Chisel: All For You’
7. Lime Cordiale – ‘14 Steps To A Better You’
8. INXS – ‘The Very Best’
9. 5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘CALM’
10. Tones And I – ‘The Kids Are Coming EP’

2020 Vinyl Albums Top 10

1. Tame Impala – ‘The Slow Rush’
2. Powderfinger – ‘Odyssey Number Five: 20th Anniversary Edition’
3. Queen – ‘Greatest Hits’
4. AC/DC – ‘PWRϟUP’
5. Billie Eilish – ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’
6. Tame Impala – ‘Currents’
7. Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’
8. Tyler, The Creator – ‘Igor’
9. Kylie Minogue – ‘Disco’
10. Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’

2020 Country Albums Top 5

1. Luke Combs – ‘What You See Is What You Get’
2. Luke Combs – ‘This One’s For You’
3. Keith Urban – ‘The Speed Of Now Part 1’
4. Morgan Wallen – ‘If I Know Me’
5. Dolly Parton – ‘The Very Best Of Dolly Parton’

2020 Dance Singles Top 5

1. SAINt JHN – ‘Roses’
2. Regard – ‘Ride It’
3. Joel Corry & MNEK – ‘Head & Heart’
4. Flume Feat. Vera Blue – ‘Rushing Back’
5. Endor – ‘Pump It Up’

2020 Dance Albums Top 5

1. The Chainsmokers – ‘World War Joy’
2. Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’
3. Hayden James – ‘Between Us’
4. Jax Jones – ‘Snacks (Supersize)’
5. Kygo – ‘Golden Hour’

2020 Hip Hop and R&B Singles Top 5

1. The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
2. DaBaby Feat. Roddy Rich – ‘Rockstar’
3. Post Malone – ‘Circles’
4. Doja Cat – ‘Say So’
5. Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo – ‘Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)’

2020 Hip Hop and R&B Albums Top 5

1. Post Malone – ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’
2. Eminem – ‘Music To Be Murdered By’
3. Pop Smoke – ‘Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon’
4. Juice WRLD – ‘Legends Never Die’
5. The Kid Laroi – ‘F*ck Love (Savage)’

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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