Shazam Turns 20 Today

Popular music search platform Shazam turns 20 and has officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions.

To celebrate the milestone, Shazam is inviting fans to take a trip down memory lane with a special playlist comprised of the most Shazamed song of each calendar year for the past 20 years, including some of the biggest hits of the 2000s like Train‘s “Hey, Soul Sister”, Sia‘s “Cheap Thrills”, Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep” and more. The playlist is available to listen to exclusively on Apple Music here.

In July 2008, Shazam launched in the App Store and then was available to Android users by October that same year.

Over the years, Shazam’s worldwide charts have played a pivotal role in identifying new talent such as Masked Wolf, who was one of Shazam’s 5 Artists to Watch in 2021 and ultimately had the most Shazam track worldwide that year with “Astronaut Into The Ocean.”

“The fact that people all over the world took the time to pull out their phones and Shazam my songs is a huge honor for me as an artist,” says Masked Wolf. “You know you have something special when you see the Shazam stats moving.”

Shazam’s charts have also become a barometer for unexpected pop culture moments. Kate Bush’s 1985 song ‘Running Up That Hill’ being featured in ‘Stranger Things’ led to an all-time peak in Shazams of the singer, and the track took No. 1 on the Shazam Global Top 200 for 10 days. It ended up reaching the top of 25 national charts — more than any other song in 2022.

Keeping its finger on the pulse of music, Shazam has also played a key role in bringing local artists to a global audience. The longest-running global No. 1 song of 2021 was ‘Love Nwantiti [Remix]’ by Nigerian artist CKay, which became the second song to ever surpass one million Shazams in a week.

With its continued commitment to innovation over the past two decades, Shazam is pioneering new ways to bring fans closer to the music and artists they love with new tools like the concert discovery feature, which spotlights concert information and tickets on sale for shows nearby, simply by Shazaming a song, or by searching for it in the Shazam app or website.