Australians love music, and apparently we’re all a bunch of Beliebers, according to streaming service Spotify who this week turn four and to celebrate have crunched the numbers on Australia’s listening habits.
Apparently, since May 2012 Aussies have streamed 1,626 lifetimes worth of music. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, how about this? That’s the equivalent of circumnavigating Australia on foot 400,000 times.
“Spotify Australia’s fourth birthday feels particularly special this year, with recent news from ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) confirming local music revenue growth is up for the first time in three years,” said Managing Director of Spotify AU & NZ, Kate Vale.
So, what music were we listening to the most? If you’re not a fan of the Biebs, look away now. While Ed Sheeran ruled our Spotify airwaves last year, this was the year of Justin Bieber after the release of his album ‘Purpose’.
A whopping four tracks: ‘What Do You Mean’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Love Yourself’ and ‘Where Are Ü Now” appeared in Australia’s Top Ten Streamed Tracks. Other Australian chart toppers who made it onto the list include Hilltop Hoods, Flume, Vance Joy, Chet Faker and RUFUS.
As far as “Legacy” artists go, Australians were mostly listening to Fleetwood Mac followed by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley & The Wailers and INXS.
Spotify even went as far to break down our music tastes by area. Melbourne had the most eclectic music taste, listening to a total of 751 different genres, Brisbane was the ‘Proudest’ Aussie region listening to most gay pride-inspired playlists, NSW and Victoria are most likely to throw their support behind the local music scene, AC/DC are most loved by Western Australia while Victoria love The Beatles and Shannon Noll the most.