Creators’ Favourite Music in 2021: Top Artists, Songs & Playlists

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What a crazy year was 2021 right? So much happened. Some good, some definitely not so good. But, here’s hoping 2022 will be a great year for everyone. Now, let’s take a look at some of the positives from last year: creators’ favourite music. The songs that soundtracked your year. The artists you loved.

Keep reading to find out which artists, songs and playlists were the most popular amongst creators in 2021.

Before you dive into it, take a second to see if you can guess which artist and which song will take the number 1 spot. Done? Let’s go!

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Top artists 

Without further ado, here are creators’ favourite music artists in 2021:

1. David Guetta

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EDM/Deep House producer David Guetta is one of the most successful DJs and music producers in the world. Taking the number 1 spot on this list, it would seem that he’s popular amongst creators too. Great news is that right at the start of 2022 we managed to get you access to his hit track ‘Titanium’! So, we’re sure to see more of David Guetta’s success in 2022.

Top hits: Titanium, Memories ft KiD CuDi, ‘Remember’ by Becky Hill, Would I Lie To You


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XXXTENTACION is one of the most sought-after artists on Lickd. XXX was a controversial rapper who rose to fame pretty fast and is still highly popular today, even after he sadly passed away in 2018. 

Top hits: Jocelyn Flores, Hope, Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares, SAD!, Moonlight 


3. Bazzi

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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter and producer, Bazzi is a force to be reckoned with. His catchy pop tunes are right at home at the top of the charts. His hit ‘Myself’ was used in one of our favourite dance videos of the year by Tim Milgram. Absolutely stunning choreography & dance performance – you won’t regret watching it.

Top hits: Mine, Myself, Paradise, I.F.L.Y

4. Anne-Marie

5. Surfaces

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6. Internet Money

7. Meduza

8. The Offspring

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9. Roxette

10. Iron Maiden

Top Songs


1. Lemonade – Internet Money, ft. Don Toliver, Gunna & NAV

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Internet Money, a record producer collective, brought together rappers Don Toliver, Gunna & NAV to create this super popular and TikTok trending hit. At the start of 2022, this song had almost a billion streams on Spotify and 600,000 uses in videos on TikTok. No surprise really that it’s a creator favourite.


2. Memories (2021 Remix) – David Guetta, KiD CuDi

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Originally released in 2009, our no.1 artist David Guetta collaborated with American rapper Kid CuDi to make this banger of a dance track. The fact it’s still this popular in 2021 and even has its place on TikTok is testament to its success. It’s especially popular with fitness creators, but it can probably add more energy to your videos too.


3. Sunday Best – Surfaces

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American electro-pop duo Surfaces really struck gold with their hit song ‘Sunday Best’. This uplifting, positive anthem will make all your worries go away and make your viewers feel oh so happy whilst watching your content (and who doesn’t want that?).



4. Paradise – Dermot Kennedy, Meduza


6. Attention – Charlie Puth

7. FRIENDS – Anne-Marie ft. Marshmello

8. Love Me Again – John Newman (Just proof that FIFA songs go for gold, even years after release!)

9. The Kids Aren’t Alright – The Offspring

10. You & Me (Flume Remix) – Disclosure, Eliza Doolittle

Top playlists

1. 100M+ Streams

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This probably won’t surprise anyone. This playlist is home to some of the biggest songs available on Lickd. It’s a pretty exclusive club, where only songs with over 100 million streams are allowed in.


2. 80s Hits

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Does this one need any further explanation? All the top hits from the 80s including Spandau Ballet, Tina Turner, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Roxette, Cliff Richard and many many more.


3. Hip-Hop Central

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4. The Pop List

5. Workout Beats

6. The Rock List

7. Remix Hits

8. Viral Hits

9. Drake Radio

10. Classic Hits

Those were the results. Now, what will 2022 hold?

2022 will bring even more, even bigger, and better chart music for creators to license… for the first time in history. We can’t wait to see how this unfolds and we’re eternally grateful that you’ve joined us on our mission of making popular music available to creators.

Here’s what Lickd CEO Paul Sampson had to say:

“We always knew chart music was in great demand by content creators and we’re delighted to be able to offer them such a great selection. What has been validated here, though, is that both catalogue and legacy acts can resonate just as much with these creators as the more contemporary, frontline acts. There are millions more songs coming to Lickd this year and we’re all excited to see what other insights emerge as we grow the catalogue and the user-base.”

Paul Sampson, Lickd CEO

Check out the list for creators’ favorite music in 2022.

Now you know creators’ favourite music in 2021

So, did you guess any of these? And have you licensed any of this music already? If not, perhaps now is the time to get on the bandwagon and try out a few of these artists, songs, and playlists to see what they can do for your next video.

If you’re new here, you’re in luck. Newcomers to Lickd get 25% off their first license! So what do you have to lose? Try it out today.

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