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News November 19, 2020

Four Australian acts make Top 10 most Shazamed songs of all-time list

Four Australian acts make Top 10 most Shazamed songs of all-time list

There’s an Australian takeover in the top 10 of Shazam’s all-time list, which is led by Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’.

Tones’ global beast rules Shazam’s Top 100 with more than 36.6 million IDs since its release in May 2019.

Ever since, ‘Dance Monkey’ has been smashing records for fun. Just this week, the track climbed to No. 3 on Spotify’s list of most streamed songs (it’s closing in on 2 billion plays), and previously shattered chart records in Australia, the U.K. and elsewhere.

‘Dance Monkey’ also peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, meaning Tones (real name Toni Watson) became the first solo female artist to solely write a top five U.S. hit in over eight years.

“I didn’t have a following when I released ‘Dance Monkey,’ but [Shazam] gave me the opportunity to reach more people and elevate my fanbase, which has all led to creating a career for myself,” comments Tones in a statement to the BBC.

While Tones rightly grabs all the headlines, a scan down the list reveals a true-blue tinge.

Watch Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’:

Coming in at No. 7 on the recently-published Top 100 Shazams of All Time is Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills,’ a song that went all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016.

The Adelaide born, Los Angeles-based superstar singer and songwriter appears three times in the global list (the others are ‘Chandelier’ and Zayn’s ‘Dusk Till Dawn’).

At No. 8 is the song that sparked Australia’s golden generation, Gotye’s triple-Grammy winner ‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’ featuring New Zealand artist Kimbra.

Just one place below it is ‘This Girl,’ the pan-European hit remix by French producer Kungs of Melbourne act Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ sleeper tune.

Watch Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners’ ‘This Girl’:

Two Kiwis appear on the list. Kimbra and Aucklander Lorde with her 2013 U.S. chart topper ‘Royals.’

With four each, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd snag the most entries in the Top 100 Shazams, while Sia, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and Imagine Dragons are close behind with their three appearances.

Shazam, the British-developed app which takes the mystery out of songs you can’t name, but want to, was launched in 2002 and today boasts more than 1 billion users.

Apple swooped in and acquired Shazam in 2017 for about US$400 million, declaring its purchase a “perfect fit” for its global activities.

Read the “Top 100 Shazams of All Time” list here

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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