Top 10 most-streamed songs in a single day on Spotify

After Adele takes the crown for the most streamed song in one day, here’s how the top ten currently stack up on Spotify.

English singer-songwriter Adele released her lead single from her fourth studio album 30 last Friday. Easy On Me has already broken records across music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Amazon Music for the most number of streams in a single day. Here’s how the top ten looks on Spotify at the moment. Interestingly all of the top ten have been achieved in the last 12 months, showing the success of Spotify over the year. Warning, it’s mostly Christmas songs.

1. Adele – Easy On Me

19.74 million streams

Date released: 15 October 2021

Date achieved: 15 October 2021

2. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You

17.22 million streams

Date released: 29 October 1994

Date achieved: 24 December 2020

3. Wham! – Last Christmas

15.81 million streams

Date released: 3 December 1984

Date achieved: 24 December 2020

4. Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license

13.71 million streams

Date released: 8 January 2021

Date achieved: 15 January 2021

5. Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u

12.58 million streams

Date released: 14 May 2021

Date achieved: 25 May 2021

6. Drake – Girls Want Girls (with Lil Baby)

12.38 million streams

Date released: 28 September 2021

Date achieved: 3 September 2021

7. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

12.22 million streams

Date released: 24 November 2014

Date achieved: 24 December 2020

8. Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

11.97 million streams

Date released: 18 November 2012

Date achieved: 24 December 2020

9. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock

11.92 million streams

Date released: 28 November 1957

Date achieved: 24 December 2020

10. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

11.80 million streams

Date released: 19 October 1958

Date achieved: 24 December 2020

Find your new perfect podcast with this podcast recommendation quiz from Spotify

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What’s a good podcast to listen to? Use the new Spotify podcast recommendation game to Find the One.

Every day nowadays seems to be the International Day of Something, so you’d be forgiven for missing International Podcast Day on September 30th. Spotify, however, remembered and celebrated by launching a new podcast recommendation experience that helps users find the perfect podcast to listen to.

The fun free feature, Find The One, picks a new podcast for you to try via a series of interactive quiz questions. Give it a go here.

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Is there a correlation between a listener’s favourite artist and their favourite podcast? To find out, Spotify also spent International Podcast Day doing a bit of digging and found that fans of the same artist often enjoy the same podcasts.

Spotify discovered that Beyoncé fans also listen to Dissect podcast, and many Lady Gaga listeners enjoy Race Chaser with Alaska & William. Country music listeners seem to lean towards current affairs podcasts. Going by the data Spotify also surmised that if you like BTS, you might well enjoy Daebak Show w/ Eric Nam.

Users who listen to a lot of Taylor Swift also tune in to Dare to Lead with Brené Brown and also Crime Junkie – a preference for true crime and self-help podcasts that is apparently also true of fans of Kacey Musgraves. And predictably, Queen fans also enjoy listening to The Queen Podcast.

Patch your way through the apocalypse with a game of modular synth logic puzzles

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The Signal State is a game that combines logic-testing puzzles with synthesizer knowledge.

If you love modular synthesizers, The Signal State by Reckoner Industries is the game for you. The player must solve more than 40 puzzles in order to repair machines and rebuild a farm vital to producing food in a future where agriculture is failing.

Each puzzle in The Signal State has an interface built around modular synthesizers. That’s right, it’s time to make use of your modular synth patching knowledge – or equally, if you’ve always been intrigued but never dived into their complex world, the game is an absorbing way to start learning about synths.

In order to save the world in the single-player game set in a post-apocalyptic future you’ll be tested on your logic skills by dragging and dropping cables, programming samplers, output, and signal delays, just like in electronic music production.

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The cables are customisable, and there’s alternative designs by Papernoise. Reckoner Industries’ plan is to further update the game to release in sandbox mode, and also let players design their own puzzles.

The Signal State is on Steam and costs £15.49. It’s had a fair few positive reviews already. You can download a demo to have a go first – the game runs on PC and Mac.

Check out how much money dead composers would make from their most famous classical music pieces on Spotify today

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If famous composers in the Classical period – like Mozart, Beethoven and Bach –were alive today, who would be the richest on Spotify?

How much money would the likes of Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy be making from streaming if they were still alive today, compared to top artists now? A fun experiment looks at the most popular classical music composers on Spotify and how their success would translate to 2021.

The Leipzig.Travel tourist site for Leipzig, the German city where Bach famously lived and worked, decided to work out how much classical composers would earn nowadays compared to the biggest artists of 2021. They multiplied monthly plays by an estimate of how much Spotify pays per stream.

Bach is the most popular classical composer on Spotify. His 6 million plays a month work out at a not-too-shabby $300,000 a year salary. That’s going on an estimate of $0.0037 per stream average, and adjusting for inflation. Pretty good for a guy living in the past. Back then, he was earning $28,000 per year.

Leipzig.Travel then took the idea and ran with it, looking at individual tracks by famous composers and how they compare to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” the biggest song on Spotify (nearly 3 billion plays, earning $10.4 million).

Bach’s most-streamed composition at the time was “Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude,” performed by Yo-Yo Ma, with over 162,000,000 plays on Spotify.

The Leipzig team worked out that Bach would earn $24,729,209 in 2021 from just that one tune on one streaming platform. That’s more than double Ed’s earnings. Basically, Bach would be a baller.

Back in the day (between 1809 and 1827) Beethoven, Spotify listener’s second most popular classical composer, was paid 4,000 florins a year ($100,000) by three patrons on the understanding that he wouldn’t ever move away from Vienna. That’s a pretty good salary, but in 2021 he’d be making $286,353 from Spotify streams of Paul Lewis-performed “Moonlight Sonata” alone, and would presumably be whiling away his days on a yacht on the French Riviera.

Here’s Leipzig.Travel’s list of famous classical composers on Spotify, and how much they’d make in 2021 (check out the full list here):

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Top 10 most-streamed SoundCloud songs of all time

Featuring tracks with almost 300 million streams, here are the ten most popular songs on SoundCloud by number of plays as of September 2021.

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1. Jimin – Promise (약속; Yaksok)

292.4 million plays

Uploaded: 30 December 2018

2. XXXTENTACION – Fuck Love (feat. Trippie Redd)

280.6 million plays

Uploaded: 24 August 2017

3. Lil Uzi Vert – XO TOUR Llif3

240.0 million plays

Uploaded: 26 February 2017

4. Juice WRLD – Lucid Dreams

228.4 million plays

Uploaded: 22 May 2018

5. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)

220.4 million plays

Uploaded: 16 February 2015

6. Migos – Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)

216.3 million plays

Uploaded: 27 August 2016

7. Desiigner – Panda

203.8 million plays

Uploaded: 14 December 2015

8. V – Scenery (풍경)

198.8 million plays

Uploaded: 30 January 2019

9. DRAM – Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)

198.6 million plays

Uploaded: 19 March 2016

10. XXXTENTACION – Look at Me!

195.8 million plays

Uploaded: 30 December 2015

Top 5 most followed South Korean Artists on Spotify

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K-pop is a genre that is dominating across the globe and Spotify is one of the best places to find K-pop artists.

K-pop has been growing exponentially in recent years and artists such as BTS have been dominating charts in their home turf and across the globe. It’s safe to say that the time of K-pop dominance is now and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, Spotify recently launched its service in the country and its K-pop playlists are incredibly popular. 

With all this in mind, we wanted to highlight the top 5 most followed South Korean artists on Spotify

BigHit Music

It probably comes as no surprise to see BTS at the top of this list! The group currently has 27.2 million followers on Spotify, with an impressive 31.3 million streams. Their most-streamed song is ‘Dynamite’ with 589.4 million streams.


BLACKPINK comes in second place with an impressive 18 million followers on Spotify, with 18.3 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is ‘Kill This Love’ with 430.1 million streams.

JYP Entertainment

TWICE boast 7.57 followers on Spotify, with 7.58 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is the hit single ‘Fancy’ with 195.3 million streams.


Exo currently has 7.07 million followers on Spotify, with an impressive 4.48 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is ‘Love Shot’ which has 135.4 million streams.


Seventeen has a healthy 4.60 million followers on Spotify, with 2.75 million monthly listeners. Their most-streamed song is ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ with 95.4 million streams.

Albums with the most first-day streams on Spotify

Since 2015, which albums on Spotify have held the title of most album streams based on their opening day globally?

After holding the record for 1,162 days, last Friday Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy beat his last album Scorpion as the most streamed album on release day. Here are the previous record holders since 2015.

Note, these aren’t the six most first-day streamed albums on Spotify, but rather those that have held the title for the number one most first-day album streams since 2015. For example Kanye West’s Donda brought in more than 94 million streams on its first day a little over a week ago, but failed to beat Drake’s Scorpion.

Listed below the album are the number of streams the album achieved on its release day, along with the release date and how many days it held the record.

Drake – Certified Lover Boy

154.9 million streams

Release date: 3 September 2021

Days held: 3 (and counting)

Drake – Scorpion

132.4 million streams

Release date: 29 June 2018

Days held: 1,162

Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys

78.7 million streams

Release date: 27 April 2018

Days held: 63

Drake – More Life

61.3 million streams

Release date: 19 March 2017

Days held: 404

Ed Sheeran – ÷

56.7 million streams

Release date: 3 March 2017

Days held: 16

Justin Bieber – Purpose

36.0 million streams

Release date: 13 November 2015

Days held: 476

Best apps you can play like an instrument

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Your phone or tablet can now double up into a beat machine or instrument in today’s modern world, here are our favourite music making apps.

In today’s frightfully exciting modern world you don’t necessarily need an instrument to make music. Your mobile phone can be instantly turned into one via an app and thus handheld music creating has become a staple of most bedroom artists/producers. Even those not wanting to create music for recording purposes can use these apps and have a lot of fun and learn an instrument with ease.

Moog Model D


The legendary analog synth company has officially branched into the modern era with their latest app the Moog Model D. It’s a powerful app that allows the user to play around with the iconic synthesizer, either creating your own original music or playing along to your favorite tunes. Some artists (using a 3.5mm to 1/4 inch adapter) have been made recordings with this app.

Roland Zenbeats

iOS, Android

Roland Zenbeats is a great app for music makers wanting to get their teeth sunk into the legendary Roland drum machine and synths. Its sleek and user-friendly UI is a dream for experienced musicians and those looking to learn. There is also a variety of in-app purchases that give you access to a massive variety of Roland beat-making systems, including the iconic TR-808 drum machine.

Korg Module


The Korg Module app is arguably one of the best piano apps and is tailored to musicians of all levels, whether you’re looking to learn or a keys master. However, the true value of this app though is in the ability to purchase sound kits, allowing you to play through the company’s iconic synthesizers before possibly purchasing.

Top 10 music streaming platforms by monthly active users

Monthly active users show us how many people (free or premium) are regularly coming back to listen to music on the streaming service.

Last month MIDiA published their list of the most-subscribed music streaming platforms, but for this list we’re ignoring paying users and instead focusing on monthly active users (MAU). This gives us an idea of where the future of streaming revenue could come from, should these services be able to convert free users to paying subscribers.

Note that not all streaming services regularly share this data, if at all. Some numbers may be outdated or estimates. Click the number below the streaming service to see the source.

Top 10 songs by weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100

Which tracks have spent the most time in the Billboard Hot 100? We list the top 10 tracks, along with the positions they peaked at.

The Weeknd recently took the top spot, taking over Imagine Dragons, for the most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100. Here’s how the top 10 tracks currently stack up. Note, in its 88th week at number 18, it looks like The Weeknd is set to continue his streak in the top 100 for some week yet.

1. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  • 88 weeks
  • Peaked: #1, April 4, 2020, four weeks

2. Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
  • 87 weeks
  • Peaked: #3, July 6, 2013

  • 79 weeks
  • Peaked: #17, Oct. 12, 2013

4. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
  • 76 weeks
  • Peaked: #6, Sept. 20, 2008

5. LeAnn Rimes – How Do I Live
  • 69 weeks
  • Peaked: #2, Dec. 13, 1997

6. OneRepublic – Counting Stars
  • 68 weeks
  • Peaked: #2, Jan. 18, 2014

7. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)
  • 68 weeks
  • Peaked: #1, July 16, 2011, six weeks

8. Adele – Rolling in the Deep
  • 65 weeks
  • Peaked: #1, May 21, 2011, seven weeks

9. Jewel – You Were Meant for Me/Foolish Games
  • 65 weeks
  • Peaked: #2, April 19, 1997

10. Carrie Underwood – Before He Cheats
  • 64 weeks
  • Peaked: #8, June 2, 2007