Spotify is one of the world’s leading music streaming services, along with such names as Deezer and Apple Music. There are millions of songs available on the platform for your perusal. They range from hits by well-known artists with Billboard 100 hits under their belt, to songs by indie performers in niche genres.
If you’re looking for your next favorite song, or if you’d like to check out the most popular ones and see what all the fuss is about, check out our handy guide.
Show Me the Numbers
There are a few different ways to check how many plays a song on Spotify has. Thankfully they’re all straightforward and shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. The first option is to open up your Spotify app or access the web version here, type in the artist you’re looking for, and head to their page directly.
Once you get there, you will see their top 10 most popular tracks, at least in the past month. Right across the names of these songs, you will see how many plays they have. That’s the simpler method, as the exact number of streams is visible right away.
For instance, here you can see the artist page for the British band Arctic Monkeys, which shows their most played songs, with the top one “Do I Wanna Know?” having over 750 million streams.
Alternatively, if you’re trying to find a song that’s outside an artist’s most played, that’s doable as well, though with a few extra steps. Unlike for the top 10 songs, the views aren’t shown instantly on the song’s page. So what do you need to do to see the stream count for other songs? Nothing too complicated, don’t worry.
Firstly, find the album the song is part of, then click on it. Once you’ve accessed it, you will see the whole tracklist. When you find the song you’re after, move your mouse over the little lines on the right side of the screen (which signify the song’s “rating”) to see the numbers you’re looking for. The lines are in the same place where the stream numbers are shown for the most popular songs.
Hey, What About My Songs?
If you’re an artist/musician who has songs on Spotify, and you’d like to check the stats on your songs, you should go to your Spotify for Artists profile. From there, you will be able to see just how many times your songs have been streamed, and you will have access to some additional information. These include where in the world it was streamed from the most or least. Also, how many and which playlists the songs are part of, and so on.
Also, if you’ve added a song to your library, it is even easier to access the numbers. You don’t have to go looking for the song in the app. Keep in mind that these tips are all meant for the web or desktop version of Spotify, as the same functionalities are not available on mobile versions. So your best bet, to be safe, would be to find what you need on your PC or laptop.
The Power of Suggestion
If you’d like to make the same option available on the mobile version of Spotify, do head on down to Spotify’s community site and contribute your vote. Spotify developers have shown willingness to listen to their users, so this idea may yet come to fruition with enough support, and every voice counts
Do you have any other questions or special tricks to share when it comes to Spotify? Feel free to drop us a comment or two.