20% of the Songs on Spotify Have Never Been Streamed

    October 7, 2013
    Josh Wolford

Today’s Spotify’s 5th birthday (Happy Birthday, guys!), having been launched back on October 7th, 2008, in Sweden (and a handful of other European countries).

As many companies do on milestone days, Spotify has released a celebratory blog post with some stats about the streaming service. A couple of them we already know, like the fact that Spotify has streamed over a million years’ worth of music in its 5-year history. Or, the fact that users have created over 1 billion individual playlists. Impressive stuff.

But this one caught my eye. Spotify says that 80% of its more than 20 million available songs have been streamed at least once.

That means that 20% of Spotify’s catalog, or about 4 million tracks, have never been streamed by a single person. Not by a single one of Spotify’s 24 million users in 32 markets around the world.

On the flip side of this interesting statistic, here’s Spotify’s playlist for the top 10 most-streamed songs over the last half a decade. Inside, you’ll find Imagine Dragons, Gotye, Rihanna, and Daft Punk. You’ll also find Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” which is the most-streamed song in Spotify history with over 150 million streams.

C’mon, Macklemore. Share the love. There are a few million songs out there that have never been streamed – not even once. So sad.


Josh Wolford
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