NCAA March Madness: The Musical Version

Tonight, the sixteen college basketball teams who’ve made it into the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2017 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship will face off to see who makes it into the next round, with a chance to win the whole thing. What if, instead of games of basketball, the “March Madness” tournament were decided by which schools […]


Animated Heat Map: Prince Listening Around the World

In celebration of Prince’s return to streaming, here is a map of Prince listening over time. Which city listened to the most Prince? That would be his hometown of Minneapolis; see the top 20 Prince-listening cities by share of listening below the map.   These cities had the highest share of Prince listening: Minneapolis, Minnesota, […]



National Geographic’s Best Winter Trips of 2017

Looking for some winter travel options? National Geographic recently launched its Best Winter Trips 2017, with a range of options around the world, listed below. To help prospective travelers get a feel for the places on the list, Spotify curated a playlist for each destination, and then we put them on a map, so you can […]


Musical Map of the World 2.0

Music is a universal language — and maybe one with more variants than any other. To understand these nuances, let’s step back and see and hear how people around the world (cities and countries) listen to music differently, what they share the most, and more. Click a country or city to hear its music (instructions […]




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 […]