Want Some Awesome Insight into What People Are Listening To? Check Spotify’s Charts

Spotify is more than just a streaming music service. It’s also a data collection company. Using a division called The Echo Nest, Spotify is able to collect, analyze and report on what people are listening to and where they’re listening to it. Think everyone listens to music the same way you do? A quick check of Spotify Charts will quickly disabuse you of that notion.  Click on the images to see what I mean.

This first chart is for songs going viral in Canada this week.

Spotify charts Canada

This is the current global chart.

Spotify charts


Once you’re done with that, take a look at how the Spotify/Uber partnership is working out. This is what people around the world are listening to while taking their rides in Uber vehicles.

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One thought on “Want Some Awesome Insight into What People Are Listening To? Check Spotify’s Charts

  • I find that the charts in Spotify (same as with Last FM) need to go deeper for them to have any value. There are a dozen acts that show up in every single country, for example. It also royally messes up the recommendation engine.


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