Iconic Playlists: What Emoji Say About Music

Did you know Spotify users have made over 35 million playlists with emoji in their titles? Which artists get the most emoji? Which ones do they get? And what could the dog emoji have to do with reggaeton? Emoji, those cute, simple images that convey thoughts on chats and social media, arguably represent the most […]





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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


50 Genres with the Strangest Names on Spotify

When you build a system for classifying music that reacts to cultural and acoustic information, some fairly strange-sounding clusters of music appear. These genres emerge based on how it sounds, how people describe music, and how they listen to it. Let’s explore the most strangely-named music genres on Spotify. These are the secret rain forest […]


Why You Need Spotify’s ‘Sorting Hat’ for New Releases

Every week, music makers unleash thousands of new recordings on the world, most of which has yet to be reviewed, blogged about, analyzed, or even heard beyond their inner circle. If you’re excited by the freshest sounds the world has to offer, you’ve already found out how hard that is, especially if you’re looking for […]


Top 25 Metal Genres on Spotify

We already know heavy metal fans are the most loyal of any of the big genres of music. And it’s getting more popular; in a typical week, metal’s share of overall Spotify listening increased 13 percent from 2014 to 2015. Let’s delve further into how people listen to Metal by looking at the top 25 […]