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Spotify Australia Releases Six Years In Review

June 9, 2018 Apps No Comments Email Email

To celebrate its sixth anniversary in Australia, Spotify has released its six years in review. From insights into which artists Aussies have streamed the most, to favourite albums and the most popular tracks, the years in review also look at key global cultural moments and how they have influenced music.

The last six years have seen Australia’s obsession with Flume grow exponentially with the Northern Beaches beatmaker taking out the title of top streamed Aussie artist. His classics “Never Be Like You” and “Say It” came in as the top two most streamed tracks in Spotify Australia’s history.

Sia followed as the second most popular Aussie artist, with “Cheap Thrills” the fifth highest Aussie song streamed.

The review has proven Aussies are music fanatics, with streams of Australian music having increased twentyfold since the launch of Spotify in 2012. In Spotify’s first year, Aussies streamed over 55 average Australian lifetimes of local tracks compared to over 1,090 lifetimes in 2017.

Top 10 Aussie artists streamed globally from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018

  1. Sia
  2. AC/DC
  3. Flume
  4. 5 Seconds of Summer
  5. Vance Joy
  6. Iggy Azalea
  7. Troye Sivan
  8. Tame Impala
  9. Hillsong United
  10. Keith Urban

Top 10 streamed Aussie artists in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018:

  1. Flume
  2. Sia
  3. Hilltop Hoods
  4. Vance Joy
  5. Angus & Julia Stone
  6. Bliss n Eso
  8. Peking Duk
  9. Tame Impala
  10. Chet Faker

Top 10 streamed Aussie albums in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018:

  1. Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
  2. Flume – Skin
  3. Sia – This Is Acting
  4. Flume – Flume
  5. Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung
  6. RÜFÜS DU SOL – Bloom
  7. Chet Faker – Built On Glass
  8. Tame Impala – Currents
  9. Starley – Call On Me
  10. Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars

Top 10 streamed Aussie tracks in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018:

  1. Flume – Never Be Like You
  2. Flume – Say It
  3. Starley – Call On Me – Ryan Riback Extended Remix
  4. Vance Joy – Riptide
  5. Sia – Cheap Thrills
  6. Hilltop Hoods – 1955
  7. Pnau – Chameleon
  8. Illy – Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)
  9. Peking Duk – Stranger
  10. Amy Shark – Adore

Top 10 streamed Aussie female artists in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018

  1. Sia
  2. Tash Sultana
  3. Iggy Azalea
  4. The Veronicas
  5. Vera Blue
  6. Amy Shark
  7. Meg Mac
  8. Jessica Mauboy
  9. Missy Higgins
  10. Alison Wonderland

Beyond the top lists, global cultural moments over the past six years have also influenced how (and to what/whom) we listen locally.

Alicia Sbrugnera, Head of Shows & Editorial at Spotify AUNZ, says, “Music has the power to shape culture, and Australians’ streaming habits are showing just that. With history being made daily, the involvement of music to shape these moments will only increase as Spotify continues to grow in Australia.”

Global cultural moments that have shaped our music choices over the past six years:

2012 – Aussies were left stunned at the reunion of iconic girl group Spice Girls at the London Olympics

Streams of the Spice Girls tracks were 3.5x higher (249%) than the week before the opening ceremony, with classics “Wannabe – Radio Edit” and “Spice Up Your Life” taking the top spots.

2013 – Aussies literally shook things up when the Harlem Shake took the country by storm

As a country, Australia streamed Baauer’s Harlem Shake the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest 30 times.

2014 – Newtown, Sydney was well and truly put on the map by British band Coldplay hitting the streets for their music video “A Sky Full Of Stars”

Modern rock is one of the top 10 most popular genres in Australia, so it’s not surprising with all the excitement that Aussie streams of Coldplay increased 10.3% across the country during the making of their music video.

2015 – The country reacted to Justin Bieber’s photos from his Bora Bora vacation 😉

To say Aussies had Bieber fever was an understatement, with streams spiking 600% in the last three days of August 2015, a seven-time increase on average listening compared to the previous week. Victorians had the biggest streaming increase at 776%, compared to the start of August, with the spike coinciding with his first performance of “What Do You Mean” on 28 August.

2016 – Australia watched as Barack Obama exited the Oval Office

Sadness swept the nation with Aussies not ready to let go of a President that wasn’t even theirs. James Arthur’s “Say You Won’t Let Go” was the number two streamed song on election day.

2017 – #MeToo movement was born

#MeToo created a sense of unity amongst women globally, empowering them more than ever. In a sign of solidarity, Aussie streams of female artists in the months following increased by 4.5%.

2018 – Festival fomo hit hard at Coachella #Beychella

Beyoncé stunned crowds at Coachella earlier this year with her phenomenal performance. After having to pull out of the 2017 Coachella, the Aussie obsession wasn’t dampened, with Aussies streaming over nine return trips to Mars of Beyoncé from Down Under while she reclaimed the stage at Coachella this year.

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