Spotify Reveals How Listening Habits Change with the Seasons

Today is the first day of fall, when we might notice the slightest chill to the air, leading eventually perhaps to autumn foliage, cozy clothes, and spiced everything. It also marks the changing musical tastes of Spotify listeners. To find out how music listening changes by season, Spotify analyzed the stream counts and genres of […]



Millennials’ Favorite Millennial Whoops

The Millennial Whoop, a distinctive series of notes found in many of today’s pop songs as originally discovered by Patrick Metzger, is all over the news, and you might have read about it in one of your social feeds. So we know it’s there. But why? One reason for the preponderance of this particular whoop could […]


The Most Streamed Music from Spotify Discover Weekly

For Monday morning motivation, music ranks just behind coffee as people’s favorite boost, according to an Ipsos survey of over three thousand people in Australia, Brazil, France, Sweden, and the United States. While 44 percent understandably choose the top wake-up method, coffee, a full 42 percent choose music to get their day going — more […]


The Beatles’ First 100 Days on Spotify

The Beatles appeared on Spotify on Christmas Eve, much to the delight of everyone from hardcore Beatles fans to casual listeners. Today, we can reveal how music fans have been listening to The Fab Four over their first 100 days on Spotify. We’ve laid out the stats in text below, but also check out the […]


Data Viz: How The Super Bowl States Listen

On Sunday, two titans of football will clash in San Francisco: the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. These competitors are separated by 1,357 miles as the crow flies; one sits in the mountains of the west, the other on the eastern seaboard. They’re different, and so it’s no surprise that they have different favorites […]


Meet The Beatles Data

Music fans the world around the world received an early present when The Beatles landed on Spotify on Christmas Eve. Their impact was immediate and global, as the group became the most-streamed artist on Spotify from December 24 to 26, setting a new record for simultaneous streams of a single artist. People are still listening […]


FiveThirtyEight Explores ‘The Drake Effect’

Take a look at any list of really popular music, and you’ll probably see some songs “featuring” one artist or another. The featured artist phenomenon is real — and increasingly common, as artists cross-pollenating their talents and fan bases by appearing on each other’s tracks. Drake is featured on so many artists’ tracks, and to such well-deserved acclaim, that […]


How The World Listens to Christmas Music

Spotify has classified over 1.3 million tracks as Christmas music, and our users have created nearly 16 million Christmas-themed playlists. So, we know people have plenty of options when it comes to choosing what Christmas music to listen to. People all over the world listen to plenty of the same Christmas music; you can hear […]


Trending Playlist Words for 2015: Jams, Spotify + Chill, Tropical House, and More

Languages evolve. Otherwise, the middle English in Chaucer would be as easy to read as your Facebook feed. Spotify listeners have created over 2 billion playlists. Those playlists have titles. By looking at the words in those titles in anonymous aggregate, we can find subtle (and not-so-subtle) changes in how people use language to describe […]


Data Reveals The Most-Covered Christmas Songs

Each year brings another round of Christmas music, as artists and fans celebrate this distinctly musical holiday with yet more Christmas music to enjoy. This year finds Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé vying for the top spot, with “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (a Carey original) and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (Bublé’s cover of the […]


The Most Disproportionately-Played Hip-Hop in U.S. Cities

Pigeons and Planes, a music discovery site from the Complex media company, recently posted a fascinating slice of data: a groovily-designed map showing the hip-hop song most uniquely beloved by Spotify listeners a slew of cities across the United States. To be clear, this isn’t the most popular hip-hop song, which we’d all probably recognize. Instead, it’s […]


Weird Al’s 10 Greatest Calls of All Time

Today is the birthday of “Weird Al” Yankovic, who cuts a unique figure on the music landscape. Nobody else has recorded so many song parodies, for so many years, with so much appreciation from the public. He’s the undisputed king of the genre. To a great extent, Weird Al’s success with each parody depends on […]


Justin Bieber Cracks Spotify Top Ten in 56 Countries

Justin Bieber is on a serious roll. What do we mean? His latest single (“What Do You Mean?“) has reached a remarkable milestone: It’s now among the ten most-streamed songs in 56 of the 58 countries where Spotify is found. Regardless of language, weather, altitude, geography, or any of the other ways in which countries can differ […]