It was formally announced this week that "Wake Me Up!" by Avicii had become the most-streamed song in the history of Spotify. The single surpassed 200 million streams during February, becoming the first track ever to do so.
It seems that Spotify was a little behind the times in reporting the record being broken. According to the streaming service, the no. 2 track is "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons, which has amassed 183 million streams thus far. No, Avicii did not gather more than 17 million streams during the last week. In fact, the service even provided the song's actual weekly stream rate: 3.8 million. So odds are the track actually passed "Radioactive" more than a month ago. Oh well...kudos to Avicii.
"I'm so excited to be the first artist to reach 200 million streams on Spotify," Avicii said via Spotify's Twitter account. "I've had an amazing year, so a massive thanks to all of my fans!"
Spotify is still relatively young as an internet service, but "Wake Me Up!" is setting a fairly high bar for any song that hopes to challenge it as most-streamed. The single debuted less than a year ago, and quickly hit 100 million streams during September of 2013, becoming the quickest song ever to reach the mark. And again, it doesn't seem to be fading out either, so it could push for 300 million by the end of 2014.
Spotify also gave out a list of what cities were streaming the track most, and it seems Avicii is getting a bit of a hometown boost: Stockholm plays "Wake Me Up!" the most, and fellow Swedish town Gothenburg places third. Oslo, a short trip across the border into Norway, places second.