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 […]


The Sound Of Portland, Oregon

Welcome to the first installment of “The Sound Of Cities,” in which Spotify Insights takes a close look at a city’s musical taste to see what makes it tick — or, rather, hum, sing, whistle, and dance. First up: Portland, Oregon, USA, a place lovingly portrayed as an organic, indie, bicycle town “where young people […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Fight Music Taste Freeze with Genre-A-Day

Conventional wisdom has it that our music taste tends to freeze before the end of our 20s. It doesn’t have to be that way. Even those of us juggling jobs, commutes, school, kids, cooking, snow shoveling, hobbies, exercise, repairs, social networking, television, and/or sleep might not have the time or inclination to research genres of […]


5 Discovery-Themed Playlists for Spotify’s New Touch Preview

Prospectors seeking gold don’t bag up every rock they see. Likewise, when we’re out there harvesting the best music for our personal collections from the tens of millions of songs at our fingertips, we skip through lists the way we used to flip through record covers, looking for the stuff that speaks loudest to us. […]


The King Lives On: Elvis’s Biggest Influences

You might not see Elvis Presley atop the charts these days, but “The King” played an undeniably crucial role in the history of music — and his influence continues, whether you listen to him every day or not. Elvis was arguably the first mainstream radio and television rock star, and he still makes his way […]



To Make A Chart-Topping Song, Think ‘Slightly Unconventional’

What makes a hit song? People have been chasing that formula since the earliest days of the recorded music industry, and nobody has found it. One company that tries, Next Big Sound, estimates its success rate at picking songs that will soon make the Billboard 200 (based on data from Spotify, Instagram, and other sources) […]