Picture this: It’s 2019, you’re at a Westfield Shopping Centre and Tones and I‘s “Dance Monkey” is blasting over the speakers. You get home and put on the TV, “Dance Monkey” is playing on a Dancing with the Stars ad. Later you go to the gym, and guess what? “Dance Monkey” is playing again.
So it should really come as no surprise that the chart topper is also the top of the list for the all-time 100 most Shazamed songs. The song was quite literally everywhere last year.
“Dance Monkey” has had over 36.6 million Shazams since its release in May 2019, which is bloody HUGE. The song literally blew up around the world, and beat Ed Sheeran’s ARIA charts record of 13 weeks straight at number one for ‘Shape Of You’. Whether you like the song or not, it’s pretty fucking impressive.
Three of the Top 10 songs in Shazam’s list were from Aussies: “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye and of course “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I.
I’ve peeped the rest of the top 100 and honestly none of them were a surprise to me. Some songs included: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
Shazam is a music identifying app that can quickly identify pretty much any track. It has also saved anyone with social anxiety from the mortifying experience of asking the DJ what they’re playing.
“Shazam has been a huge platform for me in terms of reaching people. I didn’t have a following when I released ‘Dance monkey,’ but it gave me the opportunity to reach more people and elevate my fan-base, which has all let to creating a career for myself. Shazam is definitely an app designed to help more unknown artists, and everyone knows Tones loves an up-and-comer!” Tones and I said in a statement.
“Apple Music and Shazam offer a seamless experience to music fans around the world, from Shazam’s ubiquitous discovery platform to Apple Music’s unparalleled content, global live radio stations and human curation. Looking back at our long history together, we can only see how close our missions have been: bringing the best home for music lovers and creators everywhere,” Oliver Schusser, vice president of Shazam owner Apple Music said.
Listen to the full list here.