Spotify's Most-Streamed Song Ever Is...

Avicii's 'Wake Me Up,' with 235M listens

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 25, 2014 8:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – If Spotify listens are a barometer for musical quality, then the best song of all time is, apparently, "Wake Me Up," by electronic dance music producer and DJ Avicii. The song has been streamed some 235 million times, the Huffington Post reports, making it the music service's most-listened-to song. The runner-up? "Blurred Lines," by Robin Thicke, TI, and Pharrell Williams. That one's been streamed just 160 million times, however. Spotify has also revealed its leading male and female artists: Eminem and Rihanna.

The service just announced that it's got more than 40 million users—including 10 million paying subscribers. It leads among comparable services like Deezer and Rhapsody, the Huffington Post notes, and it's about 100 times as big as Beats Music, Quartz reports. But that's not enough to make it profitable, Businessweek notes. Pandora, by comparison, has 250 million worldwide users, the Daily Mail reports, though its service doesn't allow the level of user control offered by Spotify. The top music streaming source, however, is actually a video service: YouTube.

In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii poses for a portrait in New York.
In this Aug. 30, 2013 file photo, Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii poses for a portrait in New York.   (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, file)
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