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Over 1 Billion Plays - Rating Spotify's Top 100

Right now, there are roughly 100 songs on Spotify that exceeded the mental number of 1 Billion plays. (Based on the wikipedia list, as of 2.October 2020) I always kept my distance from the charts, but lately i tried to get atleast a bit more open minded towards pop music. So i thought it would be interesting to give each of them a listen. I gave them a rating out of 10 (how much i liked it, not objectively) and described some brief thoughts. I'd be really interersted in your 3 favourite and most hated songs, so pls write them in the comments.
100Twenty One Pilots

Song: Ride
Plays: 1.020 bn
Rating: 6/10

- I like the latest album by TWP way more than everything they’ve done before. Chorus is catchy but a bit annoying, i like the outro though
99Clean Bandit
What Is Love?

Song: Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie)
Plays: 1.022 bn
Rating: 2/10

- Obnoxious intro, Sean Paul’s constant talking makes me furious, espacially his “Rocka-Rockabye“ in the chorus is ridiculous. Horrible beat too
98J Balvin

Song: Mi Gente (feat. Willy William)
Plays: 1.023 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Ahhhh Reggaeton – the end boss for everyone who seeks any form of originality. I don’t hate the song, it just sounds so generic
975 Seconds of Summer

Song: Youngblood
Plays: 1.032 bn
Rating: 4.5/10

- Boy band pop song without anything interesting going on, chorus sounds ok actually
Mind of Mine

Song: I don’t wanna live forever (feat. Taylor Swift)
Plays: 1.033 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Kind of same same here. I actually like Taylor Swifts voice, the refrain is pretty bland but not horrible.
1000 Forms Of Fear

Song: Chandelier
Plays: 1.039 bn
Rating: 8.5/10

- Vocals are obviously the star here. Enjoyable song
94Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

Plays: 1.041 bn
Rating: 6.5/10

- Another artist with a fantastic voice. In terms of writing catchy and danceable pop songs, Dua Lipa is definitely superior to a lot of her competition. Song is good but nothing too special, not her best
93Imagine Dragons
Night Visions

Song: Demons
Plays: 1.041 bn
Rating: 7.5/10

- This and Radioactive are BY FAR the best singles form Imagine Dragons imo. This is an emotional song with decent lyrics and a good vocal performance
92Charlie Puth
Nine Track Mind

Song: We don’t talk anymore (feat. Selena Gomez)
Plays: 1.042 bn
Rating: 2.5/10

- Boring and bland, whats more to say
91Maroon 5

Song: Sugar
Plays: 1.047 bn
Rating: 1/10

- F*ck this
90Fifth Harmony

Song: Work From Home
Plays: 1.050 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Ok‘ish pop song. Is it worth a billion plays tho?

Song: Hello
Plays: 1.057 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Was never a fan of the chorus compared to her earlier singles. Still an impactful listen
88Dj Snake
Carte Blanche

Song: Taki Taki (feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B)
Plays: 1.057 bn
Rating: 2/10

- Generic, boring but still highly annoying
87Lil Nas X

Song: Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
Plays: 1.060 bn
Rating: 7.5/10

- I can see a lot of people hating this, but i like it a lot. Its just catchy af
86Vance Joy
Dream Your Life Away

Song: Riptide
Plays: 1.060 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Decent and chilled song. Little acoustic action is a welcome alternation
85The Weeknd
Beauty Behind the Madness

Song: The Hills
Plays: 1.062 bn
Rating: 8.5/10

- Maybe my favourite artist in this list. With just a little experimentation this is the most interesting song yet
I Met You When I Was 18 (The Playlist)

Song: I like me better
Plays: 1.061 bn
Rating: 1/10

- Could’ve sworn this was by Ed Sheeran. Never understood why even a single soul on this planet would like these sound effects in the chorus
83The Weeknd
Beauty Behind the Madness

Song: Can’t Feel my Face
Plays: 1.062 bn
Rating: 6.5/10

- Don’t like it as much as his other tracks on this list. Cachty whatsoever

Song: In My Feelings
Plays: 1.063 bn
Rating: 3/10

Annoying sample. Drake has the most bored (and boring) voice in the pop music industry

Song: Moonlight
Plays: 1.066 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Chilled beat, would maybe dig if a I was an angsty 14 yo. No hate though
80Benny Blanco
Friends Keep Secrets

Song: Eastside (feat. Halsey and Khalid)
Plays: 1.066 bn
Rating: 4/10

- There’s really nothing substantial i can say about this
79Calvin Harris
Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1

Song: This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
Plays: 1.067 bn
Rating: 4/10

- Kind of surprised Rihanna is mostly absent on this list. Its fitting that the song who made the cut is one of her most annoying
78Charlie Puth

Song: Attention
Plays: 1.072 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- His voice is just not my taste but otherwise not a bad performance
77Imagine Dragons
Night Visions

Song: Radioactive
Plays: 1.075 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Back when Imagine Dragons wasn’t the Nickelback of a new generation. This is already pretty bland, but at least not flatout aggravating
76Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

Song: One Kiss (feat. Calvin Harris)
Plays: 1.083 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Don’t like the beat, her voice is saving it though
75Twenty One Pilots

Song: Heathens
Plays: 1.084 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Forever connected to an abysmal movie. Song is definitely way better
Me 4 U

Song: Cheerleader
Plays: 1.086 bn
Rating: 2/10

- This dude can’t sing for shit, lyrics are silly too
73Wiz Khalifa
Laugh Now, Fly Later

Song: See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)
Plays: 1.087 bn
Rating: 7/10

- Never really cared about this. But you can hear there is some emotion and heart behind it
72Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
The Heist

Song: Can’t Hold Us
Plays: 1.090 bn
Rating: 7/10

- This song was stupidly popular when i was 14 and started to go partying, so i got some memories attached to it. Overplayed but not a bad one, the musical arrangement behind it is actually really good

Song: Counting Stars
Plays: 1.092 bn
Rating: 5/10

- The definiton of an overplayed radio pop song. It sound so polished, perfect background noise. But is that what music is made for?
70Post Malone

Song: I Fall Apart
Plays: 1.096 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Pretty standard and lowkey, but with enough emotion in the vocals to make it a decent song
69Post Malone
beerbongs and bentleys

Song: Psycho
Plays: 1.098 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Nah i don’t feel this one
68Bruno Mars
24K Magic

Song: That’s What I Like
Plays: 1.112 bn
Rating: 3/10

- Never understood why a big ego talking about his materialistic belongings is appealing to people, but what do i know…
67Cardi B
Invasion of Privacy

Song: I Like It (feat. Bad Bunny and J Balvin)
Plays: 1.114 bn
Rating: 0/10

- Horrible music by a horrible persona

Song: Without Me
Plays: 1.121 bn
Rating: 2/10

- Musical equivalent to a wall tattoo
65Shawn Mendes

Song: Stitches
Plays: 1.122 bn
Rating: 2/10

- Bruh…
64Post Malone
Hollywood's Bleeding

Song: Circles
Plays: 1.125 bn
Rating: 8/10

- A product of a good beat and a nice melody
63Justin Bieber

Song: What Do You Mean?
Plays: 1.126 bn
Rating: 2.5/10

- Just a little advise Justin: If she says she wants you to leave then f*ck off. NO MEANS NO, JUSTIN!!! But seriously, what a stupid song
62Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia

Song: Don’t Start Now
Plays: 1.127 bn
Rating: 9/10

- Just a great, groovy dance track
61Major Lazer
Major Lazer Essentials

Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber and MØ)
Plays: 1.133 bn
Rating: 2.5/10

- Never heard this before, will probably never again

Song: Wake Me Up (feat. Aloe Blacc)
Plays: 1.134 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Back then this was overplayed af. Not the worst song in the world
59Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience

Song: Can’t Stop The Feeling
Plays: 1.135 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Nothing wrong with spreading positive vibes, its definitely a bop
58Billie Eilish
dont smile at me

Song: Lovely (feat. Khalid)
Plays: 1.139 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Tasteful, but just a bit too boring
57Lukas Graham
Lukas Graham

Song: 7 Years
Plays: 1.144 bn
Rating: 4.5/10

- May be the only song in the list that I’ve never even heard for a second before. Didn’t miss much, huh. The kind of dramatic ending was ok though
56Sam Smith
The Thrill of It All

Song: Too Good At Goodbyes
Plays: 1.157 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- A decent ballad by an adequate vocalist
55Ed Sheeran
No. 6 Collaborations Project

Song: I don’t care (feat. Justin Bieber)
Plays: 1.158 bn
Rating: 1.5/10

- Hard not to rate this just out of prejudice. It helps that its as horrible as i imagined
54Luis Fonsi

Song: Despacito (feat. Daddy Yankee)
Plays: 1.162 bn
Rating: 6/10

- More meme than song in the meantime. The song itself was always pretty good actually, perhaps just a tiny, tiny, tiny bit overplayed
53Ariana Grande
Thank U, Next

Song: thank u, next
Plays: 1.177 bn
Rating: 5/10

- She has an ok voice, song itself is really nothing special
52Travis Scott
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

Song: Goosebumps
Plays: 1.179 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Brrrrrrrr. Decent track
51Maroon 5
Red Pill Blues

Song: Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)
Plays: 1.180 bn
Rating: 1/10

- Death by soy-overdosis. Cardi B’s obnoxious “rapping“ bumps this to a solid 1/10
This Is Acting

Song: Cheap Thrills
Plays: 1.200 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Pretty standard pop song, always liked it for some reason
49Sam Smith
In the Lonely Hour

Song: Stay With Me
Plays: 1.201 bn
Rating: 6/10

- The chorus has some strengh and impact behind it
48Mark Ronson
Uptown Special

Song: Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Plays: 1.203 bn
Rating: 7/10

- This sets a very different tone and i like that. By far my favourite by Bruno Mars
47French Montana
Jungle Rules

Song: Unforgettable
Plays: 1.206 bn
Rating: 3.5/10

- Whatever
All The Little Lights

Song: Let Her Go
Plays: 1.209 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Ok I always thought this one was not too awful (although cheesy af)
45Shawn Mendes

Song: Treat You Better
Plays: 1.218 bn
Rating: 4.5/10

- I know i am not even remotely the target group of songs like this. So why should i even bother?

Song: Jocelyn Flores
Plays: 1.231 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Same as the one before by this guy. Too emo for me but not horrible
43Travis Scott

Song: Sicko Mode
Plays: 1.231 bn
Rating: 8/10

- Song takes some interesting turns, one of the most atmospheric things on this list

Song: Take me To Church
Plays: 1.242 bn
Rating: 7.5/10

- Dramatic and heartfelt song
41Ariana Grande
Thank U, Next

Song: 7 Rings
Plays: 1.261 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Here we go again with the egocentricity. The song is at least kind of interesting
40Post Malone

Song: Congratulations
Plays: 1.264 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Kinda boring
39Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
A Star is Born

Song: Shallow
Plays: 1.268 bn
Rating: 7/10

- Great performance, kinda ironic that in all of Lady Gaga’s eccentric output this song is by far her most played
38Twenty One Pilots

Song: Stressed Out
Plays: 1.271 bn
Rating: 7/10

- Simple but i like it
37Alan Walker
Different World

Song: Faded
Plays: 1.279 bn
Rating: 7/10

- Definitely one of my biggest guilty pleasures in this list. Chorus just works for me
36DJ Snake

Song: Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber)
Plays: 1.288 bn
Rating: 2.5/10

- At first I was like: melody in the verse is decent, sounds not so bad. Then this tormenting instrumental part…
35Post Malone
beerbongs and bentleys

Song: Better Now
Plays: 1.291 bn
Rating: 6/10

- Another one by the guy who has the most outings in this top 100 (8) - And another neat one
34John Legend
Love in the Future

Song: All Of Me
Plays: 1.292 bn
Rating: 6.5/10

- Great vocals and a nice piano backing it up. Makes a simple but good ballad

Song: Happier
Plays: 1.296 bn
Rating: 4/10

- This sounds not specifically horrible, but its so unfathomable generic
32Mike Posner
At Night, Alone

Song: I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Plays: 1.305 bn
Rating: 4.5/10

- As far away from my musical taste as possible. Doesn’t mean i have to hate it tho
A Night at the Opera

Song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Plays: 1.309 bn
Rating: 10/10

- A song of the cerntury. By far the most alien on this list. There’s already said everything about it
30Kendrick Lamar

Song: Humble
Plays: 1.322 bn
Rating: 8/10

- Classic modern rap song, great beat and hook. I just hope his new album will be a bit more ambitious again
29The Chainsmokers

Song. Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)
Plays: 1.339 bn
Rating: 2/10

- I genuinely like her in the verses. The “music“ behind it is just a joke, what to say
28Lil Uzi Vert
Luv Is Rage 2

Song: XO Tour Llif3
Plays: 1.339 bn
Rating: 5/10

- This is not particulary horrible. Just not my thing in the slightest
27Justin Bieber

Song: Sorry
Plays: 1.355 bn
Rating: 5/10

- Objectively not a bad song
26Imagine Dragons

Song: Thunder
Plays: 1.364 bn
Rating: 1/10

- An abomination of a chorus. And the sound/vocal effects… Kill me fast pls
25Juice WRLD
Goodbye & Good Riddance

Song: Lucid Dreams
Plays: 1.382 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Genuinely like the beat, the autotune is just a bit too much
24Luis Fonsi

Song: Despacito Remix (feat. Justin Bieber)
Plays: 1.387 bn
Rating: 4/10

- Is that really necessary??? Original is much better
23The Chainsmokers
Memories...Do Not Open

Song: Something Just Like This (feat. Coldplay)
Plays: 1.389 bn
Rating: 5/10

- As much as i despise the Chainsmokers, i don’t hate this

Song: Sad!
Plays: 1.398 bn
Rating: 5/10

- More of the same. His style is getting stale pretty quick for me
21Major Lazer
Peace Is The Mission

Song: Lean On
Plays: 1.400 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Don’t hate this as much as i probably should based on how i rated this style of music so far
20Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa

Song: New Rules
Plays: 1.415 bn
Rating: 6.5/10

- Musically, this is not really deviating from a lot on this list. But her performance just elevates it
19The Weeknd

Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)
Plays: 1.429 bn
Rating: 6.5/10

- Not my favourite, but another really pleasant one
18Justin Bieber

Song: Love Yourself
Plays: 1.447 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- Very restrained and mellow song with a decent message for once
17Ed Sheeran

Song: Photograph
Plays: 1.450 bn
Rating: 4/10

- How is he not suffocating on his own grease?
16Imagine Dragons

Song: Believer
Plays: 1.487 bn
Rating: 1/10

- See ‘Thunder‘. Just hurts my mind
15Camila Cabello

Song: Havana (feat. Young Thug)
Plays: 1.501 bn
Rating: 4/10

- If you take away her sex appeal there is not too much left unfortunately
14The Weeknd
After Hours

Song: Blinding Lights
Plays: 1.513 bn
Rating: 10/10

- This is it. A catchy, classy and timeless tune
13James Arthur
Back From The Edge

Song: Say You Won’t Let Go
Plays:1.519 bn
Raing: 5/10

- Pretty average
12Lewis Capaldi
Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

Song: Someone You Loved
Plays: 1.519 bn
Rating: 6.5/10

- Another proper ballad
11Ed Sheeran

Song: Perfect
Plays: 1.522 bn
Rating: 2/10

- How is he not suffocating on his own grease? [2]
10Billie Eilish
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Song: Bad Guy
Plays: 1.543 bn
Rating: 1/10

- I get physically ill with every “duh“, her ASMR singing gives me shivers too. Hard pass on this one
9Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes

Song: Senorita feat. Camila Cabello
Plays: 1.590 bn
Rating: 3/10

- Puh, this list is getting tough now

Song: God’s Plan
Plays: 1.614 bn
Rating: 4.5/10

- Good beat, his voice puts me to sleep tho
7Ed Sheeran

Song: Thinking Out Loud
Plays: 1.616 bn
Rating: 3/10

- I guess its romantic, still makes me want to vomit
6Post Malone
Hollywood's Bleeding

Song: Sunflower
Plays: 1.657 bn
Rating: 3/10

- Really, really boring one. Don’t like the sound of the vocals too
5The Chainsmokers

Song: Closer (feat. Halsey)
Plays: 1.859
Rating: 0/10

- Everything i hate in music compressed in one single song. Its an borderline impressive achievement
4Tones and I
The Kids Are Coming

Song: Dance Monkey
Plays: 1.861 bn
Rating: 2/10

- I mean come on, I know its catchy but how on earth can people stand the singing, and even worse let it generate nearly 2 BILLION plays

Song: One Dance
Plays: 1.918 bn
Rating: 3/10

- I genuinely don’t get why this is so popular
2Post Malone
beerbongs and bentleys

Song: Rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)
Plays: 2.020 bn
Rating: 4.5/10

- Can’t wrap my head around why exactly this song by Post Malone hit 2 Billion plays
1Ed Sheeran

Song: Shape Of You
Plays: 2.608 bn
Rating: 5.5/10

- And there it is. This is objectively a good song. Way, way better than his other songs on this list. Still tho, worth 2.6 Billion plays?

Anyway, i weirdly enjoyed doing this a lot. Of course most of these songs are for a much different target group and thats ok. Still, some of these were abyssmal and only a handful i really liked from start to finish. Here are some statistics:

Average Score: 4.8/10
Songs i hated with passion: 21
Songs i didn’t care for: 44
Songs i kinda liked: 27
Songs i loved: 8
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