What is the most played song in the history of Spotify?

Stand by me by Ben E. King, Yesterday by The Beatles, Unchained Melody by Alex North or New York, New York by Frank Sinatra are songs known by everyone. It is true that they were on the list of “The Richest Songs in the World” but according to Spotify the song most heard of the history is… (Drum roll):

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

If you haven’t been too out of the loop, I am sure that sometime, somewhere you have heard that song. You can hear it  on the radio, in all the discos and even in your neighborhood market.

Lean on is in the first position of the most played songs on  Spotify with its 527 million views. It has dethroned the second most played song that is Thinking out loud by Ed Sheeran with 500 million  views.   This song has had such a boom that there is an Internet tutorial that teaches you how to do the dance just like in the video clip.

In our connected world, people everywhere tend to enjoy the same top hits. But when most travelers visit another place, they don’t only want to know what the typical food is like that people who live there eat at home. They travel to experience what makes a place different, and special, by sampling all sorts of local specialties.

Let’s try the same approach with music.  Here you can see a world map and you can click on any city of the word to hear a playlist of the music that is most enjoyed there.  Have fun singing along!


  • Drums roll (n): the sound produced by a drum.
  • Neighborhood (n): a district where people live
  • Approach (v): to come nearer (to)

Have you heard that song? What is for you the most played song in the history?

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One comment on “What is the most played song in the history of Spotify?
  1. Cristina says:

    What a surprise! Really interesting article…

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