Shazam’s most-searched artist has been revealed

The music-searching app is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month and revealing the artists that users have been loving

Some 20 years after it first launched, Shazam is now taking a look back at some of the most-searched-for songs and artists over the past two decades.

With over 225 million users globally and 70 billion all-time Shazams, one artist came out on top with users desperate to identify his music from films, TV shows, ads, passing cars and anywhere else he was playing.

Drake was named the “most Shazamed” artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams of songs he led or featured on. Unsurprisingly, his record-breaking hit ‘One Dance’ was his most popular song on the platform.

In a list released this week to highlight some of the stand-out moments of the past two decades, Shazam also revealed the most-searched-for song of all time on the app – Tones and I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ with over 41 million Shazams.

It all started back in 2002 when the first Shazam user searched for T. Rex’s song ‘Jeepster’ on what was then a text message service.


Some other notable firsts include…

  • First track to reach 1,000 Shazams – ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet’ by Eminem (September 2002)
  • First track to reach one million Shazams – ‘TiK ToK’ by Ke$ha (February 2010)
  • First track to reach 10 million Shazams – ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye feat. Kimbra (December 2012)
  • First track to reach 20 million Shazams – ‘Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)’ by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz (October 2015)
  • First artist to hit 1 million Shazams – Lil Wayne (February 2009)
  • First artist to hit 10 million Shazams – Lil Wayne (June 2011)
  • First artist to hit 100 million Shazams – David Guetta (May 2015)