Apple’s Shazam turns 20, surpasses 70 billion song recognitions

Apple’s Shazam turns 20 today and has officially surpassed 70 billion song credits since this week. A pillar of popular culture, the platform has changed the way people interact with music by making song identification accessible to all. For over 225 million global monthly users, “Shazam” is discovering something new.

Launched in the summer of 2002, Shazam turns 20 this week and, with the help of users around the world, has now officially surpassed 70 billion song credits.

To celebrate the occasion, Shazam invites fans to take a trip down memory lane with a special playlist composed of the most Shazamed song of each calendar year for the past 20 years. With everything from Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister” to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills”, the playlist is a true reflection of the music fans around the world have been actively searching for over the past two decades. Listen now exclusively on Apple Music.

Over the years, Shazam’s global rankings have played a crucial role in helping identify new talent such as Masked Wolf, who was one of Shazam’s 5 artists to watch in 2021 and ended up having the hottest track. Shazam to the world that year with “Astronaut In The Oceano.”

“The fact that people around the world have taken the time to get the phone out and Shazam my songs is a great honor for me as an artist,” said Masked Wolf. “You know you have something special if you see Shazam’s stats moving.”

Shazam’s charts have also become a barometer for unexpected pop culture moments. Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” featured on “Stranger Things” led to an all-time high in the singer’s Shazams, and the track took # 1 in the Shazam Global Top 200 for 10 days. It ended up topping 25 national charts, more than any other song in 2022.

While Shazam remains focused on the future of music discovery, today’s anniversary offers an opportunity to look back at the important moments and milestones that make up its two decades of history.

Important appointments

• August 2002: Shazam is launched as a UK based text messaging service. At that time, users could identify songs by dialing “2580” on their phone and holding it down while a song was playing. They were then sent an SMS message telling them the song title and artist name.

• July 2008: Shazam launches on the brand new App Store. Shazam subsequently launched its Android version in October 2008.

• April 2015: Shazam becomes available on the first Apple Watch.

• September 2018: Shazam joins the Apple family.

• June 2021: Shazam exceeds 1 billion Shazam per month.

• May 2022: Shazam exceeds 2 billion installations for life.

• August 2022: Shazam celebrates 20 years of musical discovery and reaches 70 billion Shazams of all time.

Notable first

• The first ever Shazamed song: “Jeepster” by T. Rex (April 19, 2002) 1
• First song Shazamed on the iOS app: “How Am I Different” by Aimee Mann (10 July 2008)
• First track to reach 1,000 Shazams: “Cleanin ‘Out My Closet” by Eminem (September 2002)
• First song to reach the million mark of Shazam: “TiK ToK” by Ke $ ha (February 2010)
• First song to reach 10 million by Shazam: “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. Kimbra (December 2012)
• First song to reach Shazam’s 20 million: “Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz (October 2015)
• First artist to reach Shazam 1 million: Lil Wayne (February 2009)
• First artist to reach Shazam 10 million: Lil Wayne (June 2011)
• First artist to reach 100 million Shazam: David Guetta (May 2015)

Faster tracks to accumulate Shazam

• The fastest track to reach 1 million Shazam: “Butter” by BTS (nine days)

• The fastest track to reach Shazam’s 10 million: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (87 days)

• The fastest track to reach Shazam’s 20 million: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I (219 days)

The most shazamed of all time

• Drake is the most Shazamed artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams among the songs the artist has conducted or appeared in. “One Dance” is Drake’s most popular song with over 17 million Shazams.

• Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” is the most Shazamed song ever with over 41 million Shazams.

• “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley was the most Shazamed song that used the “2580” lyrics service.

The best Shazamed songs by genre

• Top Hip-Hop / Rap: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton
• Top Dance: “Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)” by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
• Top R & B / Soul: “All of Me” by John Legend
• Latin top: “Mi Gente” by J Balvin and Willy William
• Top Pop: Passenger’s “Let Her Go”
• Best alternative: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I
• Best Singer / Author: “Bring me to the Church” by Hozier

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Want a great way to stay ridiculously up to date? Apple Music subscribers can check out the “Shazam Discover Top 50” playlist here.

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