Shazam is a Life Saver
Written by Peter Nicieja on November 19, 2020
Remember those days where you’d hear a song on the radio but couldn’t figure out what it was called or who sang it? The song slips through your fingers, and you’re left surfing radio stations for weeks hoping to find it again–but alas, it’s gone.
What an awful feeling. Fortunately, that is no longer an issue thanks to services like Shazam that tell you exactly what a song is called and who it’s by in seconds.
The service was acquired by Apple a few years ago, and they recently released the list of the 100 Most Shazamed Songs of All Time. Here’s the top 10:
1. “Dance Monkey”, Tones and I
2. “Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)”, Robin Schulz, Lilly Wood and The Prick
3. “Let Her Go”, Passenger
4. “Wake Me Up”, Avicii
5. “Lean On”, Major Lazer and DJ Snake
6. “Thinking Out Loud”, Ed Sheeran
7. “Cheap Thrills”, Sia
8. “Somebody That I Used to Know”, Gotye
9. “This Girl (Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners)”, Kungs and Cookin’ on 3 Burners
10. “Take Me to Church”, Hozier
So what does this say about the music? Well, with the exception of a few, most of these songs were each artists debut hit. Did you know Tones and I before “Dance Monkey?” Me neither. Did you know Passenger before “Let Her Go?” Nope. This means that the artists’ voice and/or style was, at first, unrecognizable–people couldn’t rely on their knowledge of artists to figure out who the song is by.
The list says something about the music, too. Are these the greatest songs of all time? No, but they are earworms. Over 36 million people heard “Dance Monkey” and said to themselves, “I need to find what this song is.”
I one of those 36 million people. Let’s dance, monkey!