Spotify is celebrating its first anniversary in the United States, and as part of the festivities, the all-you-can-listen streaming music service has shared the 100 songs that American users have streamed most often since its launch.
So, who's the winner? Well, "Pumped Up Kicks" came in third, and "We Are Young" nearly stole the show; but neither matched "Somebody That I Used To Know."
Yes, the Gotye-Kimbra pity party singalong topped Spotify's charts as the most played song during its first year in America. Spotify has made all 100 of its top streamers available as a playlist (which we've embedded at the bottom of this post); here are the top 10, counted down "TRL"-style, for your convenience/excitement:
10. "Glad You Came" by The Wanted
9. "Wild Ones" by Flo Rida featuring Sia
8 "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
7. "Take Care" by Drake
6. "Ni**as in Paris" by Jay-Z and Kanye West
5. "We Found Love" by Rihanna
4. "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
3. "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People
2. "We Are Young" by Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
1. "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye and Kimbra
The data was collected from the millions of subscribers Spotify has collected over its first year in America. Spotify does not make its user total public, but a spokesperson for the company told HuffPost that the service has 10 million worldwide active users, 3 million of them paid subscribers. In April, the New York Post estimated that about 3 million Americans use Spotify, with 600,000 paying for the service to remove advertisements from the media player.
The top-ranking songs align fairly closely with the more traditional Billboard charts: "Somebody That I Used To Know," "We Are Young," and "Call Me Maybe" were all number ones on the Billboard Hot 100 charts (Carly Rae currently reigns atop that poll).
But if you dig deeper into the list, you'll find that several of the most popular tracks -- "Little Tracks" by Of Monsters and Men, or "Home" by Edward Sharpe -- are songs that, even five years ago, never would have gotten any airtime on traditional FM radio. Indeed, given the success of a quiet, wispy song like Bon Iver's "Holocene," there might be something behind the idea that controversial Internet music services like Napster, Kazaa, and Spotify really have exposed certain music acts to the general public, artists who would have otherwise toiled in the relative obscurity of college radio and specialty record stores.
Still, if this list proves anything, it's that "Somebody That I Used To Know" is an absolute monster of a track, and that Americans really love screaming about how young they are (toniiiiiight), and that -- phew! -- everyone else is listening to "Call Me Maybe" on repeat just as much as we are. Spotify is in large part responsible for allowing us to overplay all of these songs in our homes and at the office; now if only it provided an app that could get any of these songs out of our heads.
Check out the 100 most played songs in Spotify's first year in America below: