Shazam is 20 years old and shows the most “shazamed” song

This Friday, August 19th, Shazam It’s 20 years old and in the past five years it’s been a part of Apple, which it celebrates by providing interesting stats about the song title search app.

The app helped discover new and even old artists and revitalize some genres. In fact, Shazam schemas have also become a barometer of unexpected moments in popular culture. Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” featured on “Stranger Things” led to an all-time peak in the singer’s Shazams, with the song #1 on the Shazam Global Top 200 for 10 days. It ended up reaching the top of the national chart, more than any other song in 2022.

important dates

  • August 2002: Shazam was launched as a UK-based text messaging service. At that time, users could identify songs by dialing “2580” on their phone and uploading it as a song being played. Then they were sent an SMS telling them the title of the song and the name of the artist.
  • July 2008: Shazam is launching in the new App Store. Shazam later released its Android version in October 2008.
  • April 2015: Shazam will be available on the first Apple Watch.
  • September 2018: Shazam joins the Apple family.
  • June 2021: Shazam exceeds 1 billion Shazam per month.
  • May 2022: Shazam has exceeded 2 billion lifetime installs.
  • August 2022: Shazam celebrates 20 years of musical discovery and reaches 70 billion Shazams of all time.


  • Shazamed’s first song: T. Rex “Jeepster” (April 19, 2002)1
  • Shazamid’s first song in the iOS app: “How Different I Am” by Amy Mann (July 10, 2008)
  • First song to reach 1000 Shazams: “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” by Eminem (September 2002)
  • First track to reach 1 million Shazams: “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha (February 2010)
  • First song to reach 10 million Shazams: “Someone I Knew” by Gotye feat. Kimbra (December 2012)
  • First song to reach 20 million Shazams: “A Prayer in C (Radio Editing by Robin Schulz)” by Lily Wood, The Brick and Robin Schulz (October 2015)
  • First artist to reach 1 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (February 2009)
  • First artist to reach 10 million Shazams: Lil Wayne (June 2011)
  • First artist to reach 100 million Shazams: David Guetta (May 2015)

Fastest paths to collect Shazams

  • Fastest path to reach 1 million Shazams: BTS “Butter” (Nine Days)
  • Fastest path to reach 10 million Shazams: “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (87 days)
  • Fastest path to reach 20 million Shazams: “Dance Monkey” by Tones And I (219 days)

The most shamazed of all time

  • drake He is the most popular artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams across all songs made or shown by the artist. “One Dance” It is Drake’s most popular song with over 17 million Shazams.
  • “Dancing Monkey” From Ringtones and me It is the most Shazamed song in history with over 41 million Shazams.
  • “crazy” From gnarls barkley The most Shazamed song using the text messaging service was “2580”.

Best Shazamed Songs by Genre

  • Most important hip-hop/rap music: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
  • Top Dance: “V.C’s Prayer (Editing by Robin Schulz Radio)” by Lily Wood, The Brick and Robin Schulz
  • Top R&B/Soul: “All About Me” by John Legend
  • Latin top: “My People” by J Balvin and Willie Williams
  • Top Bob: “Let it go” by passengers
  • Superior alternative: “Dancing Monkey” from Tones And I
  • Best Singer/Songwriter: “Take Me to Church” by Hozier

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