Most-Played Songs on Spotify

Try to name the musical acts who recorded the most-played songs of all time on Spotify.
As of 18 November 2021. Source.
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Last updated: November 19, 2021
First submittedAugust 9, 2014
Times taken63,610
Average score60.5%
Rating4.22
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Year
Song
Musical Act
2017
Shape of You
Ed Sheeran
2020
Blinding Lights
The Weeknd
2019
Dance Monkey
Tones And I
2017
Rockstar
Post Malone
2016
One Dance
Drake
2018
Someone You Loved
Lewis Capaldi
2016
Closer
The Chainsmokers
2018
Sunflower
Post Malone and
Swae Lee
2019
Señorita
Shawn Mendes and
Camila Cabello
2019
Bad Guy
Billie Eilish
2017
Perfect
Ed Sheeran
2017
Believer
Imagine Dragons
2014
Thinking out Loud
Ed Sheeran
2016
Say You Won't Let Go
James Arthur
2018
God's Plan
Drake
2018
Lucid Dreams
Juice Wrld
2014
Photograph
Ed Sheeran
2018
Sad!
XXXTentacion
2019
Don't Start Now
Dua Lipa
2016
Starboy
The Weeknd
2017
Havana
Camila Cabello
2017
Something Just Like This
The Chainsmokers
and Coldplay
2015
Love Yourself
Justin Bieber
2018
Shallow
Lady Gaga and
Bradley Cooper
1975
Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen
2013
All of Me
John Legend
Year
Song
Musical Act
2017
Thunder
Imagine Dragons
2018
Lovely
Billie Eilish and Khalid
2017
New Rules
Dua Lipa
2019
7 Rings
Ariana Grande
2017
Jocelyn Flores
XXXTentacion
2017
XO Tour Llif3
Lil Uzi Vert
2016
Goosebumps
Travis Scott
2014
Take Me To Church
Hozier
2019
Circles
Post Malone
2018
Happier
Marshmello and
Bastille
2015
Lean On
Major Lazer and
DJ Snake
2018
Sicko Mode
Travis Scott
2015
Stressed Out
Twenty One Pilots
2015
Sorry
Justin Bieber
2017
Humble
Kendrick Lamar
2019
Watermelon Sugar
Harry Styles
2018
Better Now
Post Malone
2017
Despacito (Remix)
Luis Fonsi and
Daddy Yankee
2016
Don't Let me Down
The Chainsmokers
2012
Let Her Go
Passenger
2015
Faded
Alan Walker
2016
Let Me Love You
DJ Snake
2016
Congratulations
Post Malone
2019
Roses
Saint Jhn and
Imanbek
2015
I Took a Pill in Ibiza
Mike Posner and
Seeb
2014
Stay With Me
Sam Smith
+5
Level 79
Aug 10, 2014
Got 8, feel OK about it. Should have gotten Bruna Mars and probably would have if it was earlier on the list, but by that point I was like 'never heard it ... never heard it ... never heard it' and not focusing properly.
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Level 81
Aug 11, 2014
I am in the "never heard never heard who?" category as well.
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Level 64
Aug 12, 2014
I got 9, only because I keep thinking goiter when I hear Goyte. Bruno Mars and Carly Mae Jepsen were the only ones I possibly could have gotten. Who are these people?
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Level 67
Oct 22, 2019
isnt it gotye? that is what I thought they were called anyway, but I could be way off the mark.. (like gotcha but different, goiter makes me think of whole different things a lot less pleasant..)
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Level 43
Apr 19, 2021
and Carly Rae Jepsen :D
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Level 81
Jun 17, 2018
I got 6, and really haven't heard of any of the others.
+5
Level 69
Aug 11, 2014
I found this surprisingly easy
+1
Level 58
Aug 11, 2014
SO easy 2:20 left
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Level 44
Jan 7, 2017
2:36
+1
Level 40
Apr 19, 2021
3:16
+2
Level 67
Aug 11, 2014
All I got was Happy. I'm not too upset about it. GIve me a test on the 60s and 70s and I'll ace it!
+1
Level 22
Aug 11, 2014
same here
+31
Level 83
Jul 16, 2015
Seeing as there was no Spotify in the 1960s that would probably be an easy quiz indeed.
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Level 39
Jul 16, 2015
+1
+4
Level 77
Jun 8, 2017
Cranbeckh said "a" test, not "this" test and I'm with them. I don't even know what Spotify is, and Bieber, Adele, Maroon 5 and John Legend are the only ones I'd ever heard of from this list. I'm guessing Legend's song is not Sinatra's All of Me that I remember. This was definitely a learning quiz for me.
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Level 83
Jan 1, 2020
I assumed he meant a test on the most played songs on Spotify in the 60s.
+3
Level 40
Aug 11, 2014
Could you accept Sia for Titanium since she's the one who actually sang the song?
+2
Level 66
Aug 11, 2014
I'm somewhat surprised people actually seek this crap out, and aren't simply subjected to it via the radio. Seriously, "Mumford and Sons meets cheesy festival EDM" is my generation's favorite song?
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Level 34
Aug 11, 2014
3/28 I don't know any of these people. I have a unique taste in music.
+16
Level 84
Jan 4, 2020
Wow, good for you!
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Level 60
Aug 12, 2014
I got all of them that were by people I'd heard of, and was pleasantly surprised to have gotten my earth-shattering total of 7.
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Level 21
Aug 13, 2014
Got 'em all, but Caerley Reae Jeapsean was surely hard to spell :)
+10
Level 43
Aug 13, 2014
... wow.
+28
Level 63
Aug 14, 2014
So many snobs in the comments. So what if you don't listen to these songs. It doesn't mean they're bad just because YOU don't like them. Get over yourself.

I'm never on Spotify, so this quiz was definitely interesting. :)

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Level 76
Aug 16, 2014
Maybe many of them are bad because the singers are merely models for a dumped-down mass product than creators of their own musique with a unique style. Not playing an instrument or not writing your own lyrics is an evidence for that.
+2
Level 76
Aug 20, 2014
*music
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Level 43
May 21, 2015
Several of these are DJ's too, with guess singers that I've never heard of
+3
Level 55
Nov 30, 2021
Many artist of the modern era can play multiple instruments, know how to work modern technology (such as synths and sampling) to make music interesting and fruitful. Many mainstream artists can be boring or bad, however many artists in the modern day are creative, distinct, and interesting. Just because you may have rose-tinted glasses on the past doesn't make it better.

That being said, opinions are opinions, just try to look at modern music with objectivity, rather than disgust.

(By the way this is coming from a standpoint of someone who also loves 70s, 80s, and 90s music)

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Level 55
Nov 30, 2021
Also, about writing their own lyrics, that's not a recent thing. People have gotten writers for their music for ages. Have a great day! :D
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Level 83
Apr 24, 2020
People are allowed to have their opinions. They're even allowed to voice them, whether you share those opinions or not.
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Level 58
Aug 14, 2014
When I saw Wrecking Ball I immediately thought Springsteen. Alas it was not.
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Level 26
Sep 1, 2014
Should also add Ke$ha for Timber...she is a big part of the song.
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Level 55
Nov 18, 2014
oh yeah, got 28/28. I haven't heard of Rather Be or Hall of Fame though so I had to look them up.
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Level 27
Dec 8, 2014
Rather Be and Hall of Fame are the best songs in the world and you should really listen to them. Looking them up is cheating. I got 28/28 and i didn't cheat
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Level 81
Feb 19, 2015
Spotify just hasn't existed long enough for this quiz to be meaningful. Most played songs of the past 13.5 months might be a more accurate description.
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Level 67
Oct 22, 2019
13,5 months? what are you on about. It has been around since 2008!

edit: interestingly, that is currently about 135 months !

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Level 43
May 21, 2015
Eh. I like Imagine Dragon's other songs better than these. I feel those two songs don't showcase them well enough.
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Level 39
Jul 16, 2015
27/29. Only missed "prayer in c" and "waves." Good quiz!
+1
Level 61
Jul 16, 2015
Same
+4
Level 81
Jul 16, 2015
I weep for this generation.
+18
Level 67
Jul 16, 2015
No one wants or needs your pity. I'm sure your generation had absolutely no interest in anything mass-marketed when you were 13. No, you guys were all writing existential novels and sculpting, right?
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Level 34
Dec 1, 2021
I wasn't aware that your generation was busy listening to Vivaldi and reading Goethe... Oh wait, you weren't and you had almost as much filler and non-memorable crap charting as we do. Not all of the 70s and 80s was Queen and Bowie, you just don't listen to the bad stuff. We have plenty of pioneering and interesting music as you did, it just doesn't tend to chart that high.
+1
Level 26
Jul 16, 2015
Isn't Prayer in C by Robin Schulz? That was my first guess anyway, had no idea who Lilly Wood and the Prick are :L
+1
Level ∞
Jul 16, 2015
He remixed it. Robin Schulz was supposed to work for that and also for "Waves". Now it actually will work.
+3
Level 77
Jul 16, 2015
Are there a disproportionate number of teenage girls using Spotify?
+4
Level 88
Jul 16, 2015
This list is a function of a hyperbolic increase in the use of Spotify over the last 5 years and the fact that it's used mainly by the millennial generation and younger. It has nothing to do with the quality of the music or its popularity amongst those of us too old or indifferent to use Spotify.
+1
Level 67
Jul 16, 2015
Thank God someone understands this.
+3
Level 67
Oct 22, 2019
How are you too old to use it? my mother is 72 and she loves it! I actually got it because she was so enthusiastic about it.. Otherwise I probably would have never tried it.
+1
Level 67
Oct 22, 2019
I agree it doesnt say much about the quality of music, but that has nothign to do with spotify (per see) it would be the same if it was radio or recordsales.

But as always teens tend to listen the most to music. So they are represented more than people from other ages groups, though I wouldnt underestimate the 20ers and 30ers which are more into discovering music than what if popular and "fed" to them. Spotify is a great place to discover music.

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Level 80
Jul 16, 2015
Man I really am old, thought I walk that
+1
Level 50
Jul 16, 2015
I listen music a lot, but Kate Perry was the only artist of these that I have ever even heard about. I also knew the song Take me to Church because very irritating advertise of it comes every time I listen to Spotify. And that song is probably the worst song I have heard in very long time.
+6
Level 67
Jul 16, 2015
People need to get over themselves. This list is not representative of what is considered "great music" today. It's representative of what tweens and young teens listen to, because they all use Spotify. Are you really that upset that 14-year-old girls like Meghan Trainor? That's such a problem for you? If you think your generation's music is king, I have news for you: classical musicians would look down their noses at you the same way you're looking down on this. What the Beatles did was a joke compared to Mozart's output (and I love the Beatles). So back off, and let kids enjoy something. They'll find better music as they get older, just like you did. People should be allowed to like what they want without feeling judged. There is plenty of good music out today, just like there was plenty of terrible music out when you were young.
+7
Level 67
Jul 16, 2015
And to further illustrate my point, here are some #1 singles from 1995: I Can Love You Like That, Another Night, Boombastic, Here Comes the Hot Stepper, Give It 2 You, Player's Anthem, I Got Five on It, Kiss From A Rose. From 1985: I Want to Know What Love Is, Say You Say Me, We Are the World, Can't Fight This Feeling, Sussudio, Miami Vice Theme (!!), We Built This City. From 1975: Mandy, Love Will Keep Us Together, Jive Talking, That's the Way I Like It, Lovin' You, Have You Never Been Mellow, Laughter in the Rain, Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. What do these songs all have in common? They're lame as hell and have mostly been forgotten. Because cheesy, mass-marketed stuff has always been #1. So, to repeat, get over yourself. Your generation is no different or better than this one.
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Level 53
Sep 26, 2017
As much as I agree with many of your points, mainstream music even the mainstream alternative and rock I prefer is a far cry from the Chris Cornell, Nirvana, Blind Melon, Eddie Vedder masterclasses of the 90s. As much as I love some modern rock bands, rock has certainly lost a bit of its complexity with lyrics and meaning certainly I must say. I know I am generalizing but this is what I have seen and its hard to say there are modern day parallels to the grunge and alt rock gods of the 90s and early 2000s. I do agree that mainstream poppy hits are the same with each generation, the "hook" that Blues Traveler described. I am talking about the genres that don't hit the mainstream and how they've changed.
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Level 83
Jan 1, 2020
pop has always generally sucked. But there have been other genres that enjoyed mainstream success here and there that included a lot of very talented musicians. A lot of rock in the late 60s and 70s. Some punk and metal in the 80s. Alternative and grunge and industrial in the 90s. I don't know as much about contemporary music. In general I feel it's not as good. But, there is still some pretty mainstream stuff that is doing some interesting things. Sia and Adele are pretty good. Eminem has his moments of brilliance and is still putting out new stuff. There have always been non-mainstream genres that sucked, too. :-P I mean kids today have their Lo-Fi, but when I was in high school there was a resurgence of Ska and the innovation that was Nu Metal.

Anyway people like what they like and 90% of anything is crap but there's still the 10% if you go looking for it.

+1
Level 83
Jan 1, 2020
Myself has been gotten over.
+3
Level 45
Jul 17, 2015
I WEEP FOR MANKIND
+1
Level 45
Jul 17, 2015
and no i will not let people have their opinion
+8
Level 67
Jul 17, 2015
It's not about letting people have their opinions. It's about understanding what this list represents. It represents what 14-year-olds like. If you weep over that, then you really need more to do with your time.
+1
Level 40
Apr 14, 2018
Most of the younger generation use Spotify.
+1
Level 30
Jul 17, 2015
3/29 = 10% and I'm proud of my score.
+1
Level 25
Jul 18, 2015
13/29 DAMN
+2
Level 83
Jul 20, 2015
I got 6 songs (only 4 artists). I feel like I'm really good at music trivia, but I guess I don't know new mainstream stuff. I probably would have gotten even less if I didn't teach teenagers. I learned a few from them.
+4
Level 83
Jul 7, 2018
Cool...three years later and got 11/32 this time. I know everyone cares.
+1
Level 43
Jul 23, 2015
Ugh. How is Cheerleader even popular.
+1
Level 27
Aug 30, 2015
Needs to be updated- One Direction's Drag Me Down is the most played song on Spotify now!
+3
Level ∞
Aug 31, 2015
All-time. Not just today.
+1
Level 27
Sep 22, 2015
So, as of 22/09, What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber is the most streamed on Spotify, followed by Drag Me Down by One Direction. However, 1D's latest song, Infinity, has just been released onto Spotify, so perhaps that will change.
+1
Level 65
Mar 2, 2016
20/29

69% lol

+1
Level 90
Sep 23, 2016
Wake me up, hmm... Evanescence? Green Day? Nope. Darn.
+1
Level 64
May 5, 2017
Besides the year probably not matching I believe neither of them have a song called simply "Wake Me Up".
+1
Level 66
Jun 10, 2017
I put Wham: "Wake me up before you go-go..." A blast from the 80s I guess...
+1
Level 79
Jun 7, 2017
I'm 30 and got five right. and I'm okay with that.
+1
Level 66
Jun 10, 2017
I got four.
+1
Level 61
Jun 8, 2017
I spent almost all the quiz trying to remember OneRepublic. It was right on the tip of my tongue and I missed some other obvious ones because it was literally all I could think of.
+1
Level 53
Jun 8, 2017
Who here put "Evanescence" for Wake Me Up?
+8
Level 86
Jun 8, 2017
I didn't, considering the song is called "Bring Me to Life."
+1
Level 85
Jun 8, 2017
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+2
Level 67
Jun 8, 2017
I used to be with it, but then they changed what "it" was and now what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.
+1
Level 66
Jun 9, 2017
Fairly happy to report that I got 0 out of 100 for this one. Times obviously change.
+3
Level 40
Jun 10, 2017
Needs

more

M E T A L

+1
Level 47
Sep 22, 2017
one of the only quizzes i can get 100% on! Music of my generation! :)
+1
Level 53
Sep 26, 2017
most of these are just unbearable
+1
Level 35
Dec 25, 2017
got em all
+1
Level 50
Aug 4, 2018
Alan Walker is the best! ♡
+1
Level 32
Dec 14, 2018
Im Shocked Taylor Katy And Ari are not here

Have To Update It For Thank U Next God Is A Woman No Tears Left To Cry And Look What You Made Me Do

+1
Level 62
Jun 1, 2021
Now, 2 years later, Katy and Ariana are here, but since 1989 wasn't on spotify for 3 years, it never got that many streams and her other albums weren't popular enough.
+2
Level 67
Oct 22, 2019
I am sooo not in touch with popmusic haha I dont recognize ANY of the songs, only with take me to church I here a piece of a song in my head, and only I think because it has continuously been used in some commercial, whether it be spotify or on (m)tv. Because I remember only the same 3 seconds over and over, no idea about the rest of the song.

So I started guessing names you hear a lot about lately, I got sheeran, bieber, adele and rihanna ( and expected swift and grande) Then I was out of guesses haha.

Ow and all of me reminded me of an old jazz standard ! but figured that wasnt it. And actually, looking at the results, John legend is the only name I recognize ! ow and timberlake. The rest could ve been made up for all I know. No idea.

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Level 54
Jan 1, 2020
I miss OMI's songs.
+1
Level 67
Apr 17, 2020
I'm surprised Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer isn't on here. That song is on the radio all the time basically
+3
Level 91
Apr 24, 2020
All-time. Might be very popular now, but total overall streams takes a bit of time to accumulate. I love that Queen is on here BTW, makes me happy that at least _some_ decent music is still being listened to...
+2
Level 83
Apr 24, 2020
So I guess Slim Whitman isn't as popular as I thought.
+2
Level 83
Apr 25, 2020
Only got 16. I'll make an attempt to listen to all of these.
+1
Level 63
Oct 19, 2021
That's the spirit! I'm so tired of the, "popular music sucks today," and, "I scored 0 and I'm proud!" attitude. People really need to be more open-minded, especially on a website like Jetpunk that rewards broad cultural knowledge. One of the people on the list (Kendrick) got a Pulitzer for his music for God's sake!
+1
Level 68
Nov 20, 2021
Talking about me, this pop music is just so not my style. I even hear some famous new artists, but I guess most of them are not THAT famous. It amazes me how these songs can be most played songs and I have never heard them lolol
+2
Level 76
Apr 28, 2020
I'm so out of poopular music scene ...
+2
Level 26
Apr 28, 2020
YES! I GOT THEM ALL!!
+2
Level 32
May 4, 2020
I thought XO Tour Llif3 would be like #1, it's 3rd to last
+1
Level 71
May 5, 2020
I know some pop songs, but I just detest Spotify, so I don't feel too bad about it.
+2
Level 61
May 5, 2020
First quiz in which I feel proud of not doing well
+1
Level 34
Aug 24, 2020
lol faded only 37%
+1
Level 62
Sep 22, 2020
The fact that damn James Arthur and Tonnes and I are here over Chris Brown, Kanye West, J. Cole, Adele etc... is all you need to know about Millennials smh
+3
Level 62
Jun 1, 2021
How is that bad? They are better than all of those besides Adele
+1
Level 63
Oct 19, 2021
Tones and I better than Kanye and J. Cole???
+1
Level 59
Jun 1, 2021
29. Interesting to see Uzi so low
+1
Level 58
Jun 1, 2021
People complaining about the results need to start listening to their "better" music on Spotify.

Otherise, the list won't change.

+2
Level 48
Jun 1, 2021
For someone that hasn't listened to any popular music since 2015 I think I did alright
+1
Level 59
Aug 6, 2021
I like a lot of these and absolutely despise some. 2006-2012 is the nostalgia era for me so I kind of wish more of that stuff was played
+1
Level 63
Oct 19, 2021
If anyone hates that Rockstar is at #2 then you can blame me, it'd probably be around #20 if they subtracted my listens from its total lol. Also, no Old Town Road?
+2
Level 69
Nov 19, 2021
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is the only actual good song here
+3
Level 69
Nov 19, 2021
Take Me To Church is a banger
+3
Level 85
Nov 19, 2021
7/38, all but one of them guessing names I've seen in headlines. 0 points :(
+1
Level 68
Nov 20, 2021
Got 15. Some I knew the artist bc of other jetpunk quizzes, some I just went guessing, but I never heard most of them. Lol fr which songs/artists are these?
+2
Level 73
Nov 20, 2021
I genuinely don't understand why Dance Monkey ranks so high. I've never met a single person who actually enjoys it, but it keeps showing up everywhere. Probably my least favorite pop song of the past decade.
+1
Level 79
Nov 22, 2021
I agree so much, her voice is so grating. Idk how to describe the song besides “ugly”. She sounds like she stepped on a lego that is inside a hot sandal left in the sun.
+1
Level 75
Nov 30, 2021
It really is awful. There are some very talented modern pop musicians that aren't on this list - Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Adele, Bruno Mars, etc. No idea how Dance Monkey made the cut.
+1
Level 60
Nov 20, 2021
Despacito remix is Fonsi and Bieber. The original is Fonsi and DY
+1
Level 86
Nov 21, 2021
"Your point total remains at 0/5"
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Level 73
Nov 30, 2021
I got 22/38, which currently beats or equals 50.2% of test takers, but only got 1 point. That's not normal right?
+1
Level 73
Dec 1, 2021
I think it's fixed because now it says 2 points.
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Level 55
Nov 30, 2021
I don't know, what's more depressing: Me only getting 14? Or that most of this list is refered to as "music"...

I think it's the fact, that "I'm too old for this sh**" ;-)

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Level 42
Nov 30, 2021
you definitely are.
+1
Level 73
Dec 1, 2021
I mean ok boomer
+1
Level 65
Nov 30, 2021
This isn't music...its entertainment
+1
Level 41
Nov 30, 2021
I am SHOCKED that Taylor Swift isn't on here!
+1
Level 71
Nov 30, 2021
So many of these I could hear so clearly in my head but I couldn't pull the artist's name out for the life of me :-(
+1
Level 71
Nov 30, 2021
Is this globally or just the US? Or do other countries use something other than Spotify?
+1
Level ∞
Nov 30, 2021
Globally
+1
Level 67
Nov 30, 2021
I only knew or had heard of one of the songs on this list.
+3
Level 55
Nov 30, 2021
ONE? have you been alive the last 10 years?
+1
Level 50
Nov 30, 2021
OMG! I consider myself music person and I got one: Queen Bohemian rhapsody. After reading full list I knew three other artists on this list. Sheeran, Bieber and Eilish, although I cant name any song for them. I'm history.
+1
Level 55
Dec 1, 2021
All I Want For Christmas Is You should be here
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Level 74
Dec 4, 2021
By reading, the comments, you'd expect a lot of people to do super well or super poorly. Fascinatingly, as I just found out, the percentile by score chart is quite linear. I was very surprised to find that.

Here is the chart