Explore Rapidly Emerging Music with 3 Data-Crunching Playlists

When he announced the new Spotify in New York last week, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek introduced the world to three music experts who are helping to curate music specifically for Spotify users, including the latest emerging tracks from their genres of expertise: Tuma Basa (hip-hop), Austin Kramer (electronic), and Mjeema Picket (R&B), to name a few. […]


The Most Popular Keys of All Music on Spotify

Each day, approximately 20,000 new songs appear on Spotify, which now has over 30 million tracks, which is obviously a lot of music. As the Beastie Boys once maintained, there are “only twelve notes, well a [hu]man can play.” They were right on the money about that, when it comes to Western music at least […]


Surprisingly Amazing: The Words Associated with Every Kind of Music

Music fans, prepare to lose a few minutes. Possibly hours. The latest in time-sucking music data entertainment: ‘Genres In Their Own Words’ This is a massive list that pairs nearly 1400 genres with the words that are most distinctive to the song titles from each genre, from Spotify data alchemist Glenn McDonald. If you’re anything like […]


Music Taste Matures by Age 35 (And It’s Different for Parents)

According to recent research, we begin our experience as music fans following the latest trends, and listening to a lot of what’s on the charts. During the teenage years, we embrace music at the top of the charts more than at any other time in our lives. As we grow older, our taste in music […]


The Sound of 420

 Today is April 20, which is 4/20, which is a special day in some circles. The phrase has an obscure origin, as the first such circles apparently took place near a statue in San Rafael, nearly 45 years ago. According to mostly-agreed-upon lore, the popular phrase 420 originated in San Rafael, California, where a group […]


Paul Walker Tribute Sets New Spotify Listening Records

Every once in a while, a song takes the world by storm. Right now, that song is Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth),” as featured in the soundtrack to the hit movie Furious 7. Fans can’t seem to get enough of this tribute to the late Paul Walker, star of the popular Fast […]


Top 5 Listening Boosts from Spotify House @ SXSW 2015

This year’s Spotify House, held annually at South by Southwest, was a big success. Even the morning sessions, hosted in conjunction with SoulCycle, drew capacity crowds every day — an impressive feat, considering that SXSW attendees generally stay up late to see the night shows and then make their way back to their lodgings. In […]


How They Listen: The Final Four

The college students of America are pretty much the same age, and are similarly engaged in the pursuit of knowledge, fun, and self-improvement. But when it comes to music listening, each school has its own distinct character, as we discovered when we looked at the listening habits of our nation’s universities. As the nation prepares […]


Which Music Genres Have the Loyalest Fans?

Music fans all have our favorite genres — the ones that most resonate with our personal taste, and that we always return to. Hip hop fans, metalheads, EDM enthusiasts, country fans, rockers, reggae lovers, etc. might dabble with other genres, because there’s just too much amazing music out there. Still, we come back to our […]


Rolling Stone’s Greatest Songs of All Time According to Spotify Plays

Rolling Stone put together a list of the Greatest 500 Songs of All Time in 2004, according to a panel of artists, producers, industry execs, and journalists, then updated it in 2010, after having done the same with albums. These songs have stood the test of time so far, and will presumably continue to do […]


How We Listen: Paul Lamere Explains at SXSW 2015

If you want to see Spotify Insights contributor Paul Lamere at SXSW, get there early. Otherwise, you won’t get in, because people really enjoy his appearances. One guy even says Lamere’s talk last year inspired the headphones he’s launching at this year’s SXSW. On Tuesday, Lamere took another rapt SXSW audience on a guided tour through […]


How ‘Weird’ Is Austin Really?

South by Southwest is just around the corner, which means the tech, music, and film industries will soon descend on Austin, Texas, transforming it into a non-stop circus/conference. The city of Austin, Texas exists during the rest of the year, too. Its unofficial catchphrase since the year 2000 — “Keep Austin Weird” — which began […]


Crowdsourced Discovery: 100 Emerging Artists from SXSW 2015

South by Southwest began as a small music festival with only 700 registrants, where A&R reps from the labels scouted bands with the intent of discovering, and then signing, the cream of the crop. Austin’s homegrown festival has since grown into a huge, multi-pronged event: Music, Film, and Interactive, plus offshoots like SXSWedu, SXSports, and […]


10 Female Artists Women Listen To The Most on Spotify

In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, Spotify did some research into the most popular female artists on the planet — the favorite of the women listeners, as well as all listeners. Ladies first! Here are the favorite female artists of all the (single and otherwise) ladies who listen to Spotify around the […]


Sweet Spot Web App Connects Valentines Through Beloved Artists

Some say we should look for romantic partners who share our taste in music and other matters. Others claim that opposites attract, and that dissimilar pairings make for a better bond. Whichever philosophy appeals to you, you might get a kick out of Spotify Sweet Spot, a web app launched just in time for Valentine’s Day, which generates […]