All Your Grandparents Use Amazon Music

via Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
via Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Every streaming service has its thing: Spotify’s got RapCaviar, Apple Music has its exclusives, Tidal has Jay-Z’s catalogue and Lemonade. Then there’s Amazon Music Unlimited, the strange, neglected younger sibling of the streaming world. The service—which is different from Prime Music—celebrated its first birthday this year, but gets most of its play in nursing homes and bridge tournaments, probably!


To celebrate its first year as the baby streaming hub of a multi-billion dollar corporation, Amazon shared some of that hot data about which songs and artists were the most played in 2017. The top five singles aren’t too wild—its top two entries, “Despacito” and “Shape of You” match up with Billboard’s year-end list. Then there’s another Ed Sheeran jam (“Galway Girl”), The Chainsmokers and Coldplay (“Something Just Like This”), and “Rockabye,” by Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, and Anne-Marie. Save for “Galway Girl,” which only peaked at No. 53 in the US, all of these were top 10 hits.

But their artist list is where things get geriatric and kind of confusing. So once again, Amazon matches up with Billboard with Sheeran in the top spot. After him, in order come: The Beatles, Elvis Presley (???), Coldplay, Eminem, Little Mix, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, and Drake. Amazon doesn’t release subscriber data to confirm whether or not the only Amazon Music Unlimited users are in fact parents and grandparents whose kids set up Amazon Echoes last Christmas and Game of Thrones fans who love that nice, red-haired British boy, but I would venture a guess to say that it’s objectively correct.


Also, please, PLEASE tell me someone you know in the year of 2017 who listened to one Elvis Presley song, because I do not!

Check out the full artist list below (via Music Week):

Top 20 streamed artists on Amazon Music Unlimited

1. Ed Sheeran
2. The Beatles
3. Elvis Presley
4. Coldplay
5. Eminem
6. Queen
7. Little Mix
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Oasis
10. Drake
11. Taylor Swift
12. Adele
13. Bruno Mars
14. Linkin Park
15. David Bowie
16. Imagine Dragons
17. Michael Jackson
18. Elton John
19. Rag’N’Bone Man
20. Katy Perry

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