"True hit song" not known in hit chart highlighted from the statistics of music distribution service

ByJeff Blum

Since the radio and record became popular in the mid 1900's, many hit songs have attracted people's hearts. A song called "masterpiece" has been named in history for each era, but it was very difficult to grasp to what extent the songs were actually heard.

However, due to the advent of services that stream music through the Internet, the situation is changing. Music streaming service dedicated to the world's largest number of users who started service in 2006SpotifyIf you take statistics based on the number of times you play, you can see that there is another "true hit song" that is another long time listening to "famous songs".


Analyzing music trends based on various dataPolygraphIs investigating the trend of a true hit song based on the movement on the hit chart and the number of times played by Spotify.

For example, in 1996 R & amp; B unitBlackstreetThe song 'No Diggity' released by Black Street has become a song proved to be called a hit song, such as marking the first place with Billboard Hot 100 in November of the same year. "No Diggity" of the song title is a slang meaning "that's right" or "of course", which is a song created with Black Street and Dr. Dre (Dr. Dre) co-starring.

Blackstreet No Diggity - YouTube

Page of PolygraphWhen you open, the following graph is displayed at the top of the page. This is one of the songs released in the ten years of the 1990's, which shows the number of times played frequently by Spotify, and the more it is to the right of the horizontal axis, the more the number of plays (= true hit song) It has been shown that.

According to this graph, the biggest hit song in the 1990s song is "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana (Nirvana), its achievement is beyond others. No Diggity is also ranked in the top 5 positions. If you actually visit the page and click with the mouse, you can listen to each song a bit, so it might be helpful to see what kind of songs are actually heard well.

Although it is the song of Nirvana who won 1st place of Buchchgilli in the number of times of playback, in fact it was only in the record of the 6th place in the Billboard chart in 1991 when this song appeared. But even with such songs, the popularity of Nirvana after that, vocalist who was a leader, death of Kurt Cobain, etc. keeps popularity which can be said legendary, so in the music of the 90s marked the top of the number of times of play, "true Hit Song "in the situation that can be called.

This data isLimited to data based on songs included in Spotify's listIt is said that some attention is needed in that the recent well-known artists such as the Beatles and Taylor Swift are not included. By clicking each icon you can listen to a variety of songs indeed and you can also find names like Alternative Rock / Grunge artists as well as Whitney Houston's masterpiece "I Will Always Love You" I can do it.

The following graph examines the data in the genre of rap / hip hop. The following graph is a plot of the number of times played by Spotify among graphs released from 1986 to 1999, also on the graph, with the horizontal axis representing the release time and the vertical axis representing the number of views. In actual graphs, you can also search with your favorite artists.

Looking at the top, the most frequent playback was "No Diggity" on Black Street, followed by "Still Dre" by Dr. Dre, and the influence of Doctor · Dray involved in both It was a glimpse of the magnitude of power. Following bothNoorius · B.I.G.YaHouse of PainAnd so on are ranked in.

Polygraph describes this graph as "RakimYaPublic · enamy,Jay · ZI think that there are also lamenting that there is no big name such as "Big name", but this one means that new things always enter in one genre, and old things are forgotten quickly and steadily. " Even artists who showed a brilliant achievement in one generation talk about the fact that keeping popularity for later years is not as ordinary.

It is this graph that ranked the number of times of reproduction by separating the release time every 10 years. In the first decade of the 2000s, names such as Eminem (Eminem), The Killers (Killers), Linkin Park (Linkin Park) etc are lined up.

Nirvana is the top in the 1990's, too. Mariah Carey, Goo Goo Dolls, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers etc are ranked in.

In the 1980's, truly nostalgic names are pushing hard. Journey, Michael Jackson, Survivor, Tracey Chapman, etc, the big names of those days are lined up, and it is also interesting to include active artists such as Bon Jovi and U2.

In the 70's, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Dyer Straits, Stevie Wonder etc ranked in. Even so, it is surprising that Aero Smith, whose name is listed in the 90s ranking, has a name in this 70s ranking as well. Also, Dire Straits is a band that continues long-time activity, but the song that is in the ranking is a big hit in the dawn of MTV in the 1980'sMoney For Nothing(Money for Nothing) "rather than the minor tone of songs released in 1978"Sultans Of Swing(Sultan Sultan) "was.

First place in the 60's, this also includes rolling Stones's "Paint It Black (Black Wet!!)" Which continues to be active in active presence, including Van Morrison, Marvin Gay, Otis Redding, CCR ( Creedence Clearwater Revival) and the big name that engraves the name in the history of music pierces. Nonetheless, as you can see from the graph, the number of views is much depressed as compared to music from the 1980s. This is probably due to the user's preference of Spotify's audience and the user who was sampled this time, "Users born after 1985". Also, when you talk about the '60s, it is a big reason why Spotify's song list does not include the Beatles that are indispensable.

Dating back to the 1950's, names such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry Bing Crosby and other rock'n'roll, Oldies era are lined up.

Comparing these charts, Polygraph analyzes that songs called "masterpieces" that hit the previous generation are not necessarily heard even in modern times. Of course, this is not a definite conclusion because of the age group and preference tendency of users who use Spotify as a main course, but as one tendency, "Deciding a hit song is not necessarily a hit chart at the top It is possible to mention the point that it is not limited to the song that entered. "

In Polygraph's site, you can also see graphs plotting yearly billboard rankings and the number of plays in Spotify. In the graph below, the chart rank is the size of a black circle, and as you move to the right on the abscissa it shows that the number of plays in Spotify is high, but because of the large black circle it is not necessarily much played by Spotify It is a very well understood graph that it is not being done.

Besides this, it is also possible to view interactive graphs on how the number of views on the time axis shifted on the site. It is also necessary to keep in mind that not all songs are included and some degree of bias is seen in the audience to be sampled, but in view of the actual situation in the history of hit music, It is possible to be one of the interesting data which can accurately grasp the situation of modern times.

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