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  • Billboard has released its top Hot 100 songs of 2020
  • The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights," Post Malone's "Circles" and Roddy Ricch's "The Box" top the list
  • Dua Lipa, Harry Styles and Lewis Capaldi also feature on the list

The Weeknd’s record-breaking song “Blinding Lights” has been declared the Billboard’s no. 1 Hot 100 song of the year.

The track, from the album “After Hours,” is one of the most successful songs of 2020 and topped the Hot 100 chart for four consecutive weeks, Billboard reported. “Blinding Lights” broke many records after its release and peaked at no. 1 in 34 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand, Germany, France and Switzerland.

The Weeknd’s track also broke the record for the most number of weeks spent in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Blinding Lights” has spent 33 weeks in the top five, surpassing the record previously held by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”

Despite breaking so many records and receiving critical acclaim, “Blinding Lights” was not nominated at the 2021 Grammys. The song’s exclusion sparked controversy, with The Weeknd accusing the Recording Academy of “corruption” after his song and album were shockingly left out of all the categories.

This is the second time that the “Call Out My Name” singer has been featured on the list. He previously entered the list in 2015 with songs like “Can’t Feel My Face” and “This Hills” in ninth and 10th spots, respectively.

Meanwhile, Post Malone’s song “Circles” finished 2020 as the year’s no. 2 Hot 100 track. Roddy Ricch, who recently got featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, claimed the third position with his single “The Box.”

Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” and DaBaby’s “Rockstar” rounded off the top five Hot 100 songs of the year.

Other songs included in the list are “Adore You” (Harry Styles), “Memories” (Maroon 5) and “The Bones” (Maren Morris).

Here are the top 10 Hot 100 songs of 2020, according to Billboard:

  1. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd (“After Hours”)
  2. “Circles” – Post Malone (“Hollywood’s Bleeding”)
  3. “The Box” – Roddy Ricch (“Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial”)
  4. “Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa (“Future Nostalgia”)
  5. “Rockstar” – DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch (“Blame It On Baby”)
  6. “Adore You” – Harry Styles (“Fine Line”)
  7. “Life Is Good” – Future ft. Drake (“High Off Life”)
  8. “Memories” – Maroon 5
  9. “The Bones” – Maren Morris (“Girl”)
  10. “Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi (“Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent”)

Blinding Lights The Weeknd in one of the scenes from the song "Blinding Lights" Photo: Photo by XO/Republic