The 25 Most-Streamed Songs on Spotify (as of July 2021)

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Poll Results

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10. Billie Eilish - Bad Guy 16
24. Dua Lipa - New Rules 10
25. Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now 8
2. The Weeknd - Blinding Lights 5
20. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk - Starboy 2
13. Drake - God's Plan 2
8. Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower 2
18. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug - Havana 1
16. Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams 1
5. Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance 1
9. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello - Señorita 1
23. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow 0
22. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This 0
3. Tones and I - Dance Monkey 0
21. Justin Bieber - Love Yourself 0
4. Post Malone ft. 21 Savage - Rockstar 0
19. XXXTENTACION - SAD! 0
7. Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved 0
17. Ed Sheeran - Photograph 0
15. Imagine Dragons - Believer 0
14. Ed Sheeran - Perfect 0
12. James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go 0
11. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud 0
6. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey - Closer 0
1. Fucking Ed Sheeran - Shape of you 0


Left, Monday, 12 July 2021 17:54 (three weeks ago) link

i think this is "sunflower" by some distance. "new rules" and "blinding lights" follow.

the only one i'm pretty sure i've never heard is the james arthur song

bart harley-jarvis cocker (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 July 2021 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

bad guy is the only song here i really like, but the camila cabello and dua lipa tracks are decent. sunflower is ok i guess. the rest though - there are worse drake and bieber tracks but still. there are some real atrocities here

i'd never heard the gaga song before, unimpressed by the music and message, if it's representative of the movie it sounds extremely not good. i've never knowingly heard xxxtentacion, i'm happy to keep it that way

Left, Monday, 12 July 2021 18:06 (three weeks ago) link

"Sunflower" or "bad guy" are the only ones I could feel good about voting for.

Is this where Taylor's holding back from streaming on Spotify hurts her numbers a little? Surprised she doesn't have any song on here.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 12 July 2021 18:07 (three weeks ago) link

perhaps - she's not in the top 100 at all. though she had 2 weeks at no 1 with LWYMMD and 1 with cardigan

Left, Monday, 12 July 2021 18:12 (three weeks ago) link

top 50 would have given us Bohemian Rhapsody, XO Tour Llif3 and HUMBLE. but also Th-Th-Thunder and the fucking blurryface song

Left, Monday, 12 July 2021 18:20 (three weeks ago) link

"New Rules." Also considered "Bad Guy" and "Sunflower."

Indexed, Monday, 12 July 2021 18:22 (three weeks ago) link

the 10 I can fuck with to a larger or lesser extent:
1. Fucking Ed Sheeran - Shape of you (my way in was the Legendury Beatz remix)
2. The Weeknd - Blinding Lights
5. Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance
8. Post Malone & Swae Lee - Sunflower
10. Billie Eilish - Bad Guy (good I guess, tho I never loved it, unlike many of her other tracks)
13. Drake - God's Plan
20. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk - Starboy
23. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - Shallow (the pathos and the melody are undeniable)
24. Dua Lipa - New Rules (the one of these I loved most intensely when it was around)
25. Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now

Bonus 11: 7. Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved (corny as fuck, but, much as I want to hate it, also undeniable)

voted "One Dance", because I mean, it's Wizkid on a global number one hit, even if he's got/is featured on many many dozens of better songs, and I went for a different track in the Acclaimed Tracks of 2016 poll - oh yeah, it's a nifty little banger, that too

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 July 2021 18:36 (three weeks ago) link

Don’t Start Now. But yeah, what a grim list

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 12 July 2021 18:43 (three weeks ago) link

Don’t Start Now. But yeah, what a grim list

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 12 July 2021 18:43 (three weeks ago) link

Don’t Start Now. But yeah, what a grim list

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 12 July 2021 18:43 (three weeks ago) link

But yeah, what a grim list

maybe i'm judging the gaga/cooper too harshly bc the whole trashy pop star finally becomes authentic by going rock/country narrative (if that's what it is, maybe i'm wrong) bothers me too much

Left, Monday, 12 July 2021 18:48 (three weeks ago) link

never watched the movie - like “Someone Like You” “Shallow” is one the few recent-ish smash hits that crept up on me thru exposure in the wild/osmosis

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 July 2021 18:56 (three weeks ago) link

7. Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved

what is this

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Monday, 12 July 2021 19:01 (three weeks ago) link

in a truly shocking development that is a complete surprise to no one: i hate every last song on here. but looking at this thread was worth it for this

1. Fucking Ed Sheeran

lol

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Monday, 12 July 2021 19:03 (three weeks ago) link

oops, I was talking about “Someone You Loved” in my above post as well, not “Someone Like You”

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Monday, 12 July 2021 19:03 (three weeks ago) link

I voted for "Señorita" bc I had a nice experience teaching it one time.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Monday, 12 July 2021 19:13 (three weeks ago) link

only song I know here by name is “blinding lights” which I like A LOT

brimstead, Monday, 12 July 2021 20:45 (three weeks ago) link

oh wait I know bad guy. and the Coldplay one. the Coldplay one is a real tearjerker

brimstead, Monday, 12 July 2021 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

"dance monkey" being one of the biggest streaming hits of its era will never not be funny to me

overall this list has fewer good songs than i would have guessed. my picks:

1. "bad guy"
2. "closer"
3. "one dance"

and before ppl boo and hiss at me for the second one, yes i rly do think it's a great song, formulaic and basic as it is -- basically the swan song for that style of beige midtempo edm ballad that was popular for a few years leading up to then, and honestly about as good a send-off as that style could have ever mustered. (unfortunately the white/pop segment of the industry is still, years later, routinely trying to push songs like this up the airplay charts no matter how many times the general public has rejected them. the only edm singles that still do well in the us now are those w/ a clear hip-hop influence + like one marshmello track every year or two.)

i h8 lewis capaldi and his contrived social media self-deprecation but i will also admit to thinking "someone you loved" was pretty good. also enjoy "god's plan" "sunflower" and the ones by weeknd and lipa

dyl, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:07 (three weeks ago) link

the chainsmoker/coldplay one has truly horrific lyrics tho that didn't stop it from being a huge hit. basically a 'new jersey' of pop singles tho as they (chainsmokers) began flopping miserably into perpetuity afterward

dyl, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:09 (three weeks ago) link

you know who was actually good from this generally dull era of edm hits? dj snake -- unfortunately not on this list

dyl, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:14 (three weeks ago) link

Can confirm via spending time with 9 and 10 year olds while coaching baseball that "Dance Monkey" is still huge with that particular demographic.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:17 (three weeks ago) link

Can confirm via spending time with an 11 year old throughout lockdown that "Dance Monkey" and "Bad Guy" can never lose their allure (to 11 year old ears).

stirmonster, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:26 (three weeks ago) link

Huh, "Dance Monkey" is one of only a couple of songs on the list that I don't recognize (maybe I would if I heard it).

jaymc, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:31 (three weeks ago) link

i can't stand that synth sound from the chorus of "closer."

i'm also surprised that dj snake couldn't sneak one on this list. wasn't major lazer's "lean on" the top-played spotify song for a while?

bart harley-jarvis cocker (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:32 (three weeks ago) link

xp to dyl i guess

bart harley-jarvis cocker (voodoo chili), Monday, 12 July 2021 21:33 (three weeks ago) link

Thank god I only know 4 of these

calstars, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:37 (three weeks ago) link

I first heard "Dance Monkey" the way people in their mid-30s hear a lot of modern pop - screamed at the top of my preschooler's lungs. I was stunned to find it was an actual hit song - I thought it was one of those kids videos. Even more surprised to see the video which had a very mid-00's Jackass vibe to it.

frogbs, Monday, 12 July 2021 21:38 (three weeks ago) link

sunflower

pure rim rest (Spottie), Monday, 12 July 2021 22:47 (three weeks ago) link

#25

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 12 July 2021 23:16 (three weeks ago) link

#10 runner up

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 12 July 2021 23:17 (three weeks ago) link

boring and voting "Bad Guy."

Bee OK, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:32 (three weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 17 July 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

lol whoops, i'm only just realizing now that i posted that three times. i think i kept getting error messages when i tried to post it so i kept hitting back and posting it again...

but yeah, what a grim list

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 17 July 2021 00:17 (two weeks ago) link

guess I already voted for Starboy, "you have already voted in this poll and cannot vote again"

Dan S, Saturday, 17 July 2021 00:43 (two weeks ago) link

Not good! Going Dua Lipa over Eilish and Tones and I.

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 17 July 2021 18:17 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 18 July 2021 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

Most of these songs are perfectly fine. Shut up, you bitter old cranks.

Mr. Snrub, Sunday, 18 July 2021 00:23 (two weeks ago) link

show your work

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 18 July 2021 00:27 (two weeks ago) link

Best song here is Fucking Ed Sheeran but I guess I didn't vote

in a bar, under the (seandalai), Sunday, 18 July 2021 01:41 (two weeks ago) link

I was wondering about the absence of “Despacito”, turns out the original version and the Bieber remix cancelled each other out for this top 25, but their combined streams would make it the runner-up, right behind “Shape Of You”

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Sunday, 18 July 2021 07:24 (two weeks ago) link

Is this global or US only?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 18 July 2021 16:04 (two weeks ago) link

surprised "Shallow" didn't get a single vote, it's on the same level as any of the songs that got less than 10 votes

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Sunday, 18 July 2021 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

this list is cheugy

billstevejim, Sunday, 18 July 2021 16:38 (two weeks ago) link

i'm guessing remix-splitting also affected "old town road" or idk maybe it cooled off significantly after the sensation surrounding it abated

dyl, Sunday, 18 July 2021 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

xp I agree about the synth sound in "closer" but it's too bad because I think the chorus has surprisingly good lyrics.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 18 July 2021 17:08 (two weeks ago) link

“Old Town Road” would be number 9 or thereabouts if you combined the different versions

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Sunday, 18 July 2021 17:10 (two weeks ago) link


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