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Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ Is the Most Shazamed Song of All Time


Tones And I (real name Toni Watson) went from busking on the streets of Byron Bay, Australia to the top of sales charts around the globe in a matter of months.

“Dance Monkey” has breezed to more than seven billion streams across all platforms, and this week slotted into third place all-time on Spotify’s list of most-streamed songs.

The song smashed several records along the way, including a 24-week run at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and an 11-week streak atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart, a record for a female solo artist.

“Dance Monkey” also peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, making it the first top five Hot 100 hit solely written by a woman in over eight years.

Then came the silverware. Tones scooped four ARIA Awards in 2019 and a brace of trophies at the 2020 APRA Awards, including the coveted song of the year honor.

“I didn’t have a following when I released ‘Dance Monkey,’ but [Shazam] gave me the opportunity to reach more people and elevate my fanbase, which has all led to creating a career for myself,” Tones said in a statement to the BBC.

With four mentions each, Sheeran ties with The Weeknd for the most entries in the Top 100 Shazams of All Time, while Sia, Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and Imagine Dragons each appear three times.

Check out the full list here.



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