Spotify’s Year in Music, 2015

What CH and the rest of the world have been listening to


By now, you’ve no doubt trawled through your musical obsessions from 2015, thanks to Spotify’s Year in Music and if not, we couldn’t recommend it more. Whether you began 2015 with something timely, nostalgic or something by Drake, which most of the world seemed to do (the Canadian rapper being the most streamed artist of the entire year), it’s been an exciting and fascinating 365 days of music. All of our listening habits—even the embarrassing ones—have been condensed into a captivating and easy-to-consume selection of data by Spotify. We decided to see how our listening habits at Cool Hunting compared with the rest of the world.

While Drake wasn’t our top-played artist, he was one of them. Along with the rest of the United States, we were listening to D’Angelo’s first album in 14 years, Black Messiah, on repeat. Together, Spotify users listened to 520 years’ worth of D’Angelo’s gorgeous songs, securing the Richmond, Virginia-born artist the Comeback of the Year title.

Kygo (a beneficiary of Spotify Spotlight, a category for which the streaming service highlights emerging artists and soon-to-be-ubiquitous hot tracks) was crowned Breakout of the Year, as he was the fastest to reach a whopping billion streams. The Norwegian DJ was heard plenty at CH, with his remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” a clear favorite.

Also on high rotation at CH HQ were the likes of Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott, Sia, Todd Terje, Shamir, Here We Go Magic, Hot Chip and Janet Jackson—the latter who had over 450 years’ worth of tunes streamed by Spotify users. Likewise, we were among the nine million users who listened to a lot of Tame Impala this year—amounting to a remarkable 1100 years’ worth heard worldwide.

In total, CH HQ listened to a lot of music this year: 3526 different bands, singers and rappers totaling 1946 hours—which adds up to about 81 days. You can find out all the fascinating facts and figures Spotify has gathered by checking out Spotify’s Year in Music—where you can learn your personal obsessions, as well as by nation or globally. The results will floor you.

Listen to some of our favorite tracks on the CH Listen playlist, which we add to daily. (Just don’t expect any of our Private Session jams to turn up there.)

This post was created in partnership with Spotify. All opinions expressed in the post are those of CH and not of Spotify.

Images courtesy of Spotify