Crypto Market Cap Trends: 2020, 2021, & 2022 | Updated July’22

Crypto Market

The crypto space has been a pocket full of surprises ever since the 2020 pandemic had shaken the traditional financial markets. The market capitalization, which dropped heavily after reaching close to $1 trillion, maintained a consolidated trend below $300 billion for quite a long time. However, as the last quarter of 2020 approached, the bull market intensified and spiked extremely high.

At the beginning of 2021, the bull run reached its peak and the market cap also registered its highs close to $3 trillion. While the market underwent a massive drop, the market cap tumbled to some extent. Nevertheless, the market cap sustains above $1 trillion and is also expected to make a strong move towards the north very soon.

Market Cap 2020 2021 2022
All crypto  $757.31 billion $2.32 trillion $1.01 trillion
All crypto excluding bitcoin $226.15 billion $1.32 trillion $615.69 trillion

Year on Year Growth Analysis of the Crypto Market

All Crypto

Year Market Cap % Change
2020 $757.31 billion +74.44%
2021 $2.32 trillion +67.35%
2022 $1.01 trillion -129.7%

All crypto excluding Bitcoin

Year Market Cap % Change
2020 $ 225.05 billion +72.67%
2021 $1.32 trillion +82.95%
2022 $638.50 trillion -106.81%

Crypto Market Cap Trends – 2020:

Crypto Market

Bitcoin Price close to $10,000

The Crypto space began surging high as Bitcoin price gained significant bullish momentum. The price which had dropped hard below $4000 after the 2018 crash remained consolidated for a pretty long time. Moreover, the uncertainty over the traditional financial system gained mass attention and adoption. This in turn uplifted the BTC price close to $10,000 for the first time since the 2018 crash. 

Apart from Bitcoin some of the altcoins also made a notable move.

Ethereum Price Gained More than 660%

Ethereum price throughout 2020 followed a firm trend line and continued to surge towards the north. The ETH crypto gained more than 660% of its value and ended the yearly trade on a huge bullish note marking highs beyond $700.


Additional Read: Top Cryptos to Buy other Bitcoin

Litecoin Gained Nearly 120% but Lost All Gained Value and Maintained a Notable Consolidation 


The lite version of Bitcoin, Litecoin, spiked since the beginning of 2022 by gaining nearly 120%. However, the crypto asset in the next 30 days, lost all the gained value and maintained a notable consolidation until the beginning of Q4. The last quarter ignited a huge bull rally which uplifted the price beyond $100 but failed to close 2020 trade above $140. 

Check out latest Bitcoin INR Price , Chart, and Data.

Yearn. Finance

Yearn.Finance price rally came out to be a shutter shock for the entire crypto space which ignited a significant DeFi boom. Most of the DeFi tokens followed the YFI rally and marked their highs surging by a double-digit margin. Crypto Tokens like Polkadot, Uniswap, Chainlink, etc and much more spiked notably. 

Yearn Finance

Crypto Market Cap Trends – 2021:

Global Crypto Market Cap smashed the highs above $2 trillion!

The crypto market bull run ignited immediately with the beginning of the 2021 trade, during which 99% of the crypto asset recorded new all-time highs. However, the beginning of the rally was with Bitcoin which smashed $64,000 for the first time and after recovering from a pullback, marked new highs at $69,000. Moreover, the crypto market  achieved a milestone of surpassing the $1trillion market cap

Crypto Market

The market cap also smashed the highs above $2 trillion for the first time in 2021 and later after hitting the lows, recovered quickly and spiked to hit the ATH at $2.8 trillion. The 2021 bull run was initially ignited by the Dogecoin surge that occurred due to the mentions of Elon Musk. 

While BTC price rallied for the first time, most of the altcoins made a huge move, while during the second time, Non-Fungible Tokens(NFTs) marked their strong presence. 

However, Cardano was one of the tokens which spiked while the entire crypto market was chopping around within narrow regions. 


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Cardano ignited a massive bull run ever since the beginning of the year 2021 and achieved highs above $2. However, it also experienced a 50% drain but rebounded finely to mark new highs above $3. The second spike was fueled by the ‘Alonzo Hard Fork’. But soon after the event, the price drained heavily and marked a bearish yearly close. 

By the end of Q3, most of the crypto assets were closer to igniting a significant bull run, but the tokens which outperformed all the other traditional assets were NFTs. 

Crypto-Asset Growth Recorded in 2021
Gala(GALA) 50,829%
Axie Infinity (AXS) 18,966%
The SandBox (SAND) 14,629%
Polygon(MATIC) 12,817%
TerraClassic(LUNC) 11,558%
Solana(SOL) 10,118%
Fantom(FTM) 8,966%
Kadena(KDA) 8,131%
Harmony (ONE) 4,464%
Decentraland(MANA) 4,397%

The NFT bull run was ignited soon after Beeple sold his NFT called ‘Everyday’s: For the First 5000 Days’ for a whopping $69 million. The NFTs emerged as the top performing assets in 2021 recording a trading volume of over $23 billion. The NFT marketplace Metaverse recorded a $500 million volume whereas in-game assets registered $4.5 billion trading volume. 

Crypto Market Cap Trends – 2022:

Crypto Market

The Crypto markets underwent a notable pullback after marking their highs in the last quarter of 2021. However, the trend continued in 2022 but most of the assets including Bitcoin moved sideways. During the second fortnight of 2022, most of the assets geared up and recovered most of the losses. 

Bitcoin was on the verge to regain its levels above $50,000 when the LUNA-UST crisis slaughtered the entire market. Most of the assets were slashed by a minimum of 50% but failed to recover quickly as it did after the May 2021 crash. The asset registered the lows that it had not visited in the last 18 to 20 months as the BTC price plunged below $18000. On the other hand, the global market cap also slumped hard below $1 trillion.

Currently, Bitcoin and the other assets are attempting extremely hard to nullify the bearish impact and maintain a consolidated trend. While some believe the star crypto is closer to making a large move, the other bunch of traders predict the bottoms of the current cycle are yet to be reached. 

Collectively, the crypto space is expected to swing within the same braces for some more time, as the bulls and the whales still remain uncertain over the coming trend. Therefore, until and unless the Bitcoin price secures its levels above $30,000, the markets may continue to remain consolidated.

Key Moments of Crypto Market 2022

  • The year began with a significant descending trend, which was further fueled by the Russian-Ukraine crisis in February. The US inflation reached a 42-year high standing at 9.1% while the G.D.P remained negative during H1 2022

Terra LUNA Crash 

The crypto market meltdown began with the liquidity crisis which first hit TerraClassic as the native stablecoin de-pegged heavily. To stabilize the peg, nearly 80K BTC were moved out of their reserves which dragged the entire market into bearish captivity. This event shook the entire crypto space which began the domino effect impacting the other platforms.

Read more on LUNA Crypto Crash


It came as a huge shock for the crypto enthusiasts when Celsius Network halted the deposits and withdrawals citing the shaky market conditions. The New Jersey based crypto lending company announced that it was pausing all withdrawals, swaps, and transfers between accounts, “due to extreme market conditions.

Read more on What Happened to Celsuis Network?


It is a known fact that the inflation rates have been soaring high since the beginning of the year and the FED has been struggling to cope with the same. The US Federal Reserve has raised interest by 75 basis points for the second time. Crypto and other financial markets took the hit when the reserve raised the interest for the first time.

Introduction of 1% TDS on Crypto 

As the crypto markets trend began to fall, the need for regulation tightened. Therefore, the Indian Government announced new tax policy according to which a trader is required to pay 30% tax on the profits and 1% TDS on every transaction

Read more on 1% TDS on Crypto


Collectively, the crypto market trend is expected to swing within the same braces for some more time, as the bulls and the whales still remain uncertain over the coming trend. Therefore, until and unless the Bitcoin price secures its levels above $30,000, the markets may continue to remain consolidated. 

All charts and date source from CoinMarketCap & Trading View.

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