Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays

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Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« on: April 26, 2023, 09:13:45 AM »


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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2023, 02:04:57 PM »
I have 2 comments :

1/ this is probably the most accurate popularity barometer Iíve ever seen for U2, although it clearly pushes the latest releases, which has more to do with the way people consume music.

2/ Reminds me how much I love this band. Apart from 2-3 really off putting songs, I can appreciate their entire body of work.
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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2023, 03:21:03 PM »
I have 2 comments :

1/ this is probably the most accurate popularity barometer Iíve ever seen for U2, although it clearly pushes the latest releases, which has more to do with the way people consume music.

2/ Reminds me how much I love this band. Apart from 2-3 really off putting songs, I can appreciate their entire body of work.
Yea.  In this format Song for Someone beats Bad/UTEOTW

But if you block the SOI-SOE from youe mind itís pretty good.   

People start liking U2 in different generations


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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2023, 03:59:35 PM »
U2 rank 188 in artists streams on Spotify. A lot of veteran rock bands ahead of them.

https://chartmasters.org/most-streamed-artists-ever-on-spotify/

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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2023, 04:33:33 PM »
I have 2 comments :

1/ this is probably the most accurate popularity barometer Iíve ever seen for U2, although it clearly pushes the latest releases, which has more to do with the way people consume music.

2/ Reminds me how much I love this band. Apart from 2-3 really off putting songs, I can appreciate their entire body of work.

The most accurate popularity barometer for U2 is their album sales and the ticket sales for the tours. Spotify, which is a slice of the streaming world and did not even exist before 2006, doesn't really scratch the surface when it comes to U2's entire career. The demographic is much younger than U2's fanbase, and has a high percentage of listeners that have never purchased a physical album before.

There was music that was extremely popular in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, but you wouldn't be able to tell that from spotify numbers. Again Spotify was created in April 2006, and wasn't widely used until 5 to 10 years later.

If you want to know what was really popular in 1982, you would need to use data that was collected in 1982 to accurately measure that, which is what Billboard Magazine and RIAA do have.

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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2023, 04:37:37 PM »
U2 rank 188 in artists streams on Spotify. A lot of veteran rock bands ahead of them.

https://chartmasters.org/most-streamed-artists-ever-on-spotify/


Most of U2's career, album sales, ticket sales, come from before April 2006. Spotify is only a slice of a the streaming world, and was not widely used until after 2011. Spotify is reflective a primarily younger demographic and their listening habits from the 2010s onwards. A lot of these people have never purchased a physical album, or even listened to an album from start to finish, let alone seen a music artist in concert.


A good example is David Lee Roth knocking on a door in a hotel in Vegas because he was told they were playing Van Halen. Obviously streaming some play list, don't know who David Lee Roth is, and probably know little about Van Halen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKRcbKVfmp8

Another reason why spotify and other streaming is not a good barometer. Its an overwhelmingly younger crowd that don't listen to whole albums or very many songs by individual artist. Playlist with dozens of artists, but at most 2 or 3 songs from each, if that.
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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2023, 05:17:03 PM »
That is a cool video and how is it i had forgotten some of those songs?

Ahisma at # 60?   :o ???


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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2023, 05:37:58 PM »
That is a cool video and how is it i had forgotten some of those songs?

Ahisma at # 60?   :o ???

The India factor. Huge population there.
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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2023, 06:31:05 PM »
That is a cool video and how is it i had forgotten some of those songs?

Ahisma at # 60?   :o ???

The India factor. Huge population there.
Your song saved my life is high too. It just makes sense, the lastest releases are boosted because less and less people buy music. More and more streams.
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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2023, 08:53:35 PM »
I have 2 comments :

1/ this is probably the most accurate popularity barometer Iíve ever seen for U2, although it clearly pushes the latest releases, which has more to do with the way people consume music.

2/ Reminds me how much I love this band. Apart from 2-3 really off putting songs, I can appreciate their entire body of work.

The most accurate popularity barometer for U2 is their album sales and the ticket sales for the tours. Spotify, which is a slice of the streaming world and did not even exist before 2006, doesn't really scratch the surface when it comes to U2's entire career. The demographic is much younger than U2's fanbase, and has a high percentage of listeners that have never purchased a physical album before.

There was music that was extremely popular in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, but you wouldn't be able to tell that from spotify numbers. Again Spotify was created in April 2006, and wasn't widely used until 5 to 10 years later.

If you want to know what was really popular in 1982, you would need to use data that was collected in 1982 to accurately measure that, which is what Billboard Magazine and RIAA do have.

It's a more accurate method of gauging long-term popularity than either album or ticket sales.  It shows you what has been popular in the last 10ish years.  Album sales are heavily skewed towards the popularity of the album upon release for obvious reasons, and these days they are largely useless given how few people actually buy albums.  The big flaw with it is that it biases music released when it was around because the initial swell of interest upon release affects the Spotify numbers for albums released when it existed.

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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2023, 09:02:46 PM »


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Thanks for posting Zero

Really interesting to see what songs are popular today


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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2023, 09:06:13 PM »


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Thanks for posting Zero

Really interesting to see what songs are popular today
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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2023, 10:07:52 AM »
That is a cool video and how is it i had forgotten some of those songs?

Ahisma at # 60?   :o ???

The India factor. Huge population there.
Your song saved my life is high too. It just makes sense, the lastest releases are boosted because less and less people buy music. More and more streams.

I sort of get the India factor with Ahisma,  but the other recent song,  wtf?  People have shit taste in music.  There really is no other explanation.

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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2023, 10:20:26 AM »
That is a cool video and how is it i had forgotten some of those songs?

Ahisma at # 60?   :o ???

The India factor. Huge population there.
Your song saved my life is high too. It just makes sense, the lastest releases are boosted because less and less people buy music. More and more streams.

I sort of get the India factor with Ahisma,  but the other recent song,  wtf?  People have shit taste in music.  There really is no other explanation.
There was like a buzz and promotion in the program itself around a new U2 song.   So many people hit play.   

Also.   Many of the warhorses are included in official Spotify playlists or user playlists.   Younger users are likely to build playlists with post 2000 content that people share and listen to. 


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Re: Spotify ranking of U2 songs by plays
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2023, 10:51:41 AM »
Some of these people are 9 year olds putting the soundtrack on shuffle, waiting for ScarJo to come up.