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After 20 years, what’s the most ‘Shazamed’ song of all time?

Apple bought the popular music recognition app Shazam, which can name any song you hear, in 2018. Friday marks the app’s 20th anniversary. And this week, it officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions, Cupertino said.

It’s a lot of people in bars wondering what the melody is.

Have you ever wondered which song is the most Shazamed of all time? Well, Apple provided this nugget and many other facts, and referenced a lot of cool music you might want to check out below.

Apple celebrates Shazam’s 20th anniversary with 70 billion song recognitions and counting

Shazam became famous before Apple bought it. It seemed almost magical that an app on your smartphone could name that tune when no one sitting at your table could.

“A mainstay of popular culture, the platform has changed the way people interact with music by making song identification accessible to everyone. For more than 225 million monthly users worldwide, ‘Shazam’ is about experiencing something new,” Apple said.

And he added that fans should take a trip down memory lane on Apple Music with a special playlist of the most Shazamed song each year for the past 20 years. Featuring everything from Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” the playlist reflects music fans around the world have been searching for over two decades.

Spot new talent

Global Shazam charts played a role in helping identify new talent like Masked Wolf, who was one of Shazam’s 5 artists to watch in 2021. Hw ended up having the most Shazam track in the world this year- there with “Astronaut In The Ocean”.

“Having people around the world take the time to pull out their phones and Shazam my songs is a huge honor for me as an artist,” Masked Wolf said. “You know you have something special if you see the Shazam stats moving.”

Shazam’s charts have also become a barometer for unexpected moments in pop culture. Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill”, featured in strange things, led to an unprecedented spike in the singer’s Shazams. And the track took the top spot on the Shazam Global Top 200 for 10 days. It ended up reaching the top of the 25 national charts, more than any other song in 2022.

Broaden the appeal of artists

Shazam has also played a role in bringing local artists to a wider audience. The oldest world No. 1 song of 2021 was “Love Nwantiti [Remix]by Nigerian artist CKay. It became the second song to top one million Shazams in a week.

“Shazam has been instrumental in my career,” CKay said. “It allowed millions of people around the world to discover me and my unique Nigerian sound. It caused a stir around the world even before I started performing all over the world. of CKay cannot be told without Shazam connecting me to the world.

Shazam offers new ways to connect fans with the music and artists they love with new tools like the concert discovery feature, Apple said. The feature highlights concert information and tickets on sale for nearby shows, simply by Shazaming a song or searching for it in the Shazam app or website.

Primarily, Apple has taken advantage of today’s anniversary to look back at the defining moments that make up the app’s two-decade history. See all important dates and milestones below.

Check out some of Shazam’s key numbers.
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Shazam: important dates

  • August 2002: Shazam is launched as a UK-based text messaging service. At the time, users could identify songs by dialing “2580” on their phone and showing it as a song being played. They then received a text message telling them the title of the song and the name of the artist.
  • July 2008: Launch on the brand new App Store. Shazam launched its Android version in October 2008.
  • April 2015: Becomes available on the first Apple Watch.
  • September 2018: Joined the Apple family.
  • June 2021: Exceeds 1 billion Shazams per month.
  • May 2022: Exceeds 2 billion lifetime installs.
  • August 2022: Celebrates 20 years of music discovery and hits 70 billion all-time.

Notable “firsts”

  • First Shazamed Song: “Jeepster” by T. Rex (April 19, 2002)
  • First Shazamed song on the iOS app: “How Am I Different” by Aimee Mann (July 10, 2008)
  • First track to reach 1,000 Shazams: Eminem’s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” (September 2002)
  • First track to reach one million Shazams: “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha (February 2010)
  • First title to reach 10 million Shazams: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra (December 2012)
  • First track to reach 20 million Shazams: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz (October 2015)
  • First artist to reach 1 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (February 2009)
  • First artist to reach 10 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (June 2011)
  • First artist to reach 100 million Shazams: David Guetta (May 2015) The fastest ways to rack up Shazams
  • Fastest track to reach 1 million Shazams: BTS’ “Butter” (nine days)
  • Fastest track to reach 10 million Shazams: Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (87 days)
  • Fastest track to reach 20 million Shazams: Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (219 days)

Most Shazame Ever

  • Drake is the most Shazamed artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams across songs the artist has managed or performed on. “One Dance” is Drake’s most popular track with over 17 million Shazams.
  • Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” is the most Shazamed song of all time with over 41 million Shazams.
  • Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” was the most shazamed song using the “2580” text service.

Top Shazamed Songs by Genre

  • Hip-Hop/Rap: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
  • Dance: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
  • R&B/Soul: “All of Me” by John Legend
  • Latin: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William
  • Pop: “Let Her Go” by Passenger
  • Alternate: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
  • Singer-songwriter: “Take Me to Church” by Hozier
Just tap your screen and you will know what song is playing.
Just tap your screen and you will know what song is playing.
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