Why Do These 16 Classic Songs Have Over 1,000,000,000 Spotify Plays?

  • Опубліковано 19 вер 2022
  • In this video I count down the only 16 songs that are 30+ years old and hit over 1 billion plays on Spotify.
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  • Rick Beato
    Rick Beato  16 годин тому +1

    I missed one. Guns N’ Roses sweet child of mine has 1.3 billion plays and came out in 1987

  • S H
    S H 14 годин тому +78

    That Freddie Mercury biopic really helped them out a lot because before then in my high school a lot of people didn't listen to Queen and then after that movie came out so many people started listening to them at least in my area

  • Kennet
    Kennet 9 годин тому +108

    "Here Comes the Sun" is on track to reach a billion streams (it currently has 880,389,517 streams). With that said, I think one of the reasons why not a single Beatles song has reached that milestone yet is because their catalogue wasn't put on Spotify until late 2015, relatively late compared to many of the major classic bands and artists.

  • chris barrett
    chris barrett 14 годин тому +76

    I believe that the reason why Thunderstruck has 1 billion+ streams/listens/plays is due to its use in the Marvel Movies specifically Iron Man. So the way that popular culture uses those timeless songs can have a Poignant impact on the musicians and the generations of listeners.

  • Ian Loughead
    Ian Loughead 14 годин тому +47

    A lot of those songs also end up in huge mainstream movies. Anthem rock works perfectly with action movies. Thunderstruck and Sweet Child of Mine are in constant use.

  • Sebas Honing
    Sebas Honing 14 годин тому +46

    My 7yo daughter is a massive Queen fan. I was too around that age and I certainly played her lots of stuff, so did my wife so that helps. But her hunger to go onto Spotify and not only play the songs but dive into songwriting credits and lyrics really transcends our parental input. That's just the power of Queen's music. Super fascinating.

  • Bundaberg Bogan
    Bundaberg Bogan 16 годин тому +540

    You can't go to a sporting event without hearing Queen or AC/DC. This exposes millenials and GenZ to the songs.

  • Damouze
    Damouze 14 годин тому +3

    I grew up in the '80s, but I was lucky to have a dad who was (and is) a great music fan. The music I grew up with spanned not just the music of that decade, but also the three to four decades before that and in addition my dad also introduced me to classical music. So, I learned to listen and admire different artists and different genres. From Timi Yuro to Queen, from the Rolling Stones (my dad was not much of a Beatles fan, I got that from my mom) to Pink Floyd, from the really old blues songs to hard rock.

  • Paul Taylor
    Paul Taylor 14 годин тому +3

    Queen did a very calculated thing in their writing. The use of pronouns you make their song relatable to most everyone . We are The Champions , We will rock , Don't stop me now. Inclusiveness as if the listen is part of the team

  • Rich Nisbet
    Rich Nisbet 16 годин тому +39

    Rick, In 1971 I co-wrote and recorded a song in my band “Air” from Michigan. In 2018, Kanye West sampled 10 seconds of my song for a track on Pusha T’s grammy nominated album “Daytona”. That track is called “If You Know You Know”, and last week, my buddy in California texted me that the Pusha track is now being used in a Pizza Hut commercial! Who knew? 😊

  • Vio
    Vio 9 годин тому +13

    You're absolutely right. When artists constrict their exposure, whether through their own desire or through an overbearing label, people move on to other popular artists they can actually share with people.

  • Stormbrewer
    Stormbrewer 12 годин тому +5

    This is where I jump into the deep end ...

  • Darryl Douglas
    Darryl Douglas 16 годин тому +506

    Let’s not discount the power of being a sports anthem such as We Will Rock You and Thunderstruck! 😃

  • Eric R. Shelton
    Eric R. Shelton 14 годин тому +4

    Let’s not forget songs’ appearances in other media like movies or even TV adverts. That functions to remind people about a song. I don’t seek out Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” but I hear it a couple times a year anyway.

  • ramram
    ramram 7 годин тому +7

    I think part of it is just the unique quality of Freddie and his voice. It's just something that people instantly gravitate towards and just can't be matched.

  • Brian Losure
    Brian Losure 16 годин тому +9

    I honestly found Queen through watching pro wrestling in the early 80s as the Shreveport (Mid-South) promotion played “We Are the Champions” as their commercial outtro and their most popular wrestler, Junkyard Dog, entered the ring to “Another One Bites the Dust”. I found their K-Tel greatest hits tape at the store…and been an avid fan ever since.

  • Thomas Dalton
    Thomas Dalton 12 годин тому +3

    Queen is a band that seems to be in between classic rock and modern rock, so they still can translate into the modern era. Their music is very dynamic; musically and vocally.

  • Moritz R
    Moritz R 14 годин тому +4

    Will rock music make a comeback?

  • Jordan Leigh
    Jordan Leigh 16 годин тому +454

    I agree with that statement about blocking music. Prince is a great example. His music wasnt readily available for the longest time. And that def hurt his cultural relevancy.

  • Alex
    Alex 14 годин тому +7

    I wonder how many plays they would have if Spotify was around like 40 years ago! 😮