Spotify Australia has turned 6 (Happy birthday!), and to celebrate they have lifted the curtain on some rather interesting insights to do with who and what Aussies stream.
Focusing purely on Aussie artists, Spotify has shared the top albums, artists, female artists and tracks in Australia as well as the ten most played artists on a global scale. The numbers have been accumulated from Spotify’s 6-year run in Australia thus far.
Check out the lists below. There’s not a whole lot of variation but some might surprise you!
Top 10 Aussie artists streamed globally from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018
5 Seconds of Summer
Top 10 streamed Aussie artists in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018:
Angus & Julia Stone
Bliss n Eso
RÜFÜS DU SOL
Top 10 streamed Aussie albums in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018:
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
Flume – Skin
Sia – This Is Acting
Flume – Flume
Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung
RÜFÜS DU SOL – Bloom
Chet Faker – Built On Glass
Tame Impala – Currents
Starley – Call On Me
Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
Top 10 streamed Aussie tracks in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018:
Flume – Never Be Like You
Flume – Say It
Starley – Call On Me – Ryan Riback Extended Remix
Vance Joy – Riptide
Sia – Cheap Thrills
Hilltop Hoods – 1955
Pnau – Chameleon
Illy – Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)
Peking Duk – Stranger
Amy Shark – Adore
Top 10 streamed Aussie female artists in AU from 22 May 2012 to 1 May 2018
Here are some other interesting streaming stats from the past 6 years, courtesy of Spotify.
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.