"I can buy myself floweeeeeeers, write my name in the saaaaaand". If you too have danced (a little) and sung (very wrongly) Miley Cyrus' hit "Flowers" this year, it's not impossible that this track will feature prominently in your "Spotify Wrapped", the annual personalized recap of each user on the streaming platform, unveiled this Wednesday.
Because the hit of the former Disney Channel star proudly points in third position of the most listened tracks in France on Spotify, and has just as much hit on other platforms: it is the most listened to song in the world (and in France) also on Deezer, the 2nd in the world and the seventh in France on Apple Music. A true ode to celibacy, "Flowers" was even the most listened to track on February 14, Valentine's Day, on Spotify.
"German Car", French Hit of the Year
Along with Spotify, the two other leaders in the sector, Apple Music and Deezer, have also unveiled their annual rankings of the most listened to tracks. And we can only salute the card of the rapper SDM with his "German Car": first on Spotify and Apple Music in France, he is also second on Deezer.
More generally, regardless of the listening platform, the French rap and hip-hop scene dominates the charts. Jul remains the most listened to male artist on Deezer and Spotify, the undisputed leader. Rapper Tiakola is also doing well, as his album "Melo" is the most listened to of the year on both platforms.
Curiously, the most popular French track on Spotify in the world is far from recent, since it is "Bring the cup home" by Vegedream that remains the French track that is exported the most internationally.
Aya Nakamura and Taylor Swift, the most popular female artists
On the women's side, Aya Nakamura crushes the competition in France according to Spotify and even beats mega-star Taylor Swift who has traveled stadiums around the world with her "Eras Tour". Another icon, Rihanna, completes the podium.
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On Deezer, Taylor Swift is only beaten by Canada's The Weeknd on a global scale. The two reissues of the singer's albums, "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" and "1989 (Taylor's Version)," are both in the top 5 most streamed albums within 24 hours of their release, Deezer said.
It's in the old pots...
Finally, Spotify also made a ranking of the songs released more than 20 years ago that generated the most streams. No surprise, the list is full of timeless hits: "J't'emmen au vent" by Louise Attaque takes the top spot, just ahead of Gala and "Freed from desire", carried by the Rugby World Cup, and the legendary "Me gustas tu" by Manu Chao.
Frequently heard late-night classics are reflected in this top 10, which also includes "Take on Me" by a-ha, "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, and "J'irai où tu iras" by Jean-Jacques Goldman and Céline Dion.