This year you’ve been #InYourFeelings with Drake, you’ve #Level(ed)Up with Ciara and you’ve been proudly African when showing up to the #KupeChallenge. As the weather starts heating up, so are our party playlists. Will these viral challenges show up at your next braai or will something new become the next summer anthem?
To get you into the spirit of summer and help you to start planning your ultimate December playlist, Spotify has some predictions on what you’ll most likely be listening to this season.
Drake, We Love You
As the whole world was asking, ‘’Kiki, do you love me?”, it’s no surprise that the most streamed track (based on Spotify data) during the Northern hemisphere summer this year was Drake’s In My Feelings.
In total, Drake appeared a further four times on the list of Spotify’s Top Global Songs of Summer 2018 (northern hemisphere). He also consistently dominated the top 10 most streamed songs by South African audiences list since Spotify’s March, 13th South African launch (see full rankings below) with God’s Plan at number one, In My Feelings at number three and Nice For What at number six.
Girls like You by Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B) came in second on the global summer list and featured at number 10 on the top songs streamed by South African audiences since launch rankings. Post Malone also felt some local love by appearing three times on this list with Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) at number five, Better Now at number seven and Rockstar at number nine. With these numbers in mind, it’s safe to say that Drake and Post Malone would likely bless most South Africans’ playlists this summer.
Local Beats are Lekker
Closer to home, several South African artists have consistently topped the charts and appeared on international Spotify playlists. Case in point is AKA, whose popular hit Fela in Versace was recently featured on a Spotify’s African Heat Global Playlist.
The top three most streamed SA artists since launch, broken down by ‘streamed in South Africa’ and the ‘rest of the world’, are Nasty C, AKA and Jeremy Loops. Shekhinah claimed the honour of being the most streamed female South African artist at number six, while DJ Maphorisa came in ninth, and veteran rockers Fokofpolisiekar tenth.
How Will Your Spotify Playlist Look?
Will Drake continue to take centre stage, or will local talent find a spot on your playlist? Maybe some surprise releases in the next month will shake things up, placing new artists on your radar and firmly in the summer top 10.
If you’re not sure what you will be listening to this summer head to Spotify for some inspiration.
Browse through the regularly updated top hits playlists and check out your personalised ‘Discover Weekly’ suggestions, compiled specifically to your musical tastes.
Create your own playlist or collaborate with friends on your ultimate Summer playlist, and share your predictions at #SpotifySASummer.
The top 10 artists most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- Post Malone
- Ed Sheeran
- Kanye West
- J. Cole
- The Weeknd
- Maroon 5
The top 10 tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- God’s Plan – Drake
- SAD! – XXXTentacion
- In My Feelings – Drake
- Love Lies (with Normani) – Khalid
- Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
- Nice For What – Drake
- Better Now – Post Malone
- Young Blood – 5 Seconds of Summer
- Rockstar – Post Malone
- Girls Like You – Maroon 5 (feat. Cardi B)
The top 10 local artist most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- Nasty C
- Jeremy Loops
- Joyous Celebration
- Sun-EL Musician
- DJ Maphorisa
The top 10 local tracks most streamed by South African audiences since launch*
- GoldFish – Hold Your Kite (feat. Sorana)
- Lady Zamar – Collide
- Mlindo The Vocalist – AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa)
- Sun-EL Musician – Bamthathile
- Kwesta – Spirit (feat.Wale)
- Shekhinah – Suited
- Black Coffee – Drive (feat. David Guetta)
- Shekhinah – Please Mr
- DJ Maphorisa & DJ Raybel – iWalk Ye Phara (feat. Moonchild Sanelly, K.O & Zulu Mkhathini)
- Dlala Mshunqisi, Distruction Boyz & DJ Tira – Pakisha
*Data was ranked based on number of streams, on Spotify, over the period 13 March – 31 October 2018
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