Understanding our Charts
You’ve seen our music streaming charts, and want to know more about how we calculate position? Well, this should explain.
The charts themselves are collected using some fancy custom code that queries the Spotify API service.
We then sort each artist, based on their Spotify Popularity score, which is a percentage out of 100. The higher the number, the more popular the artist currently is.
Whilst Spotify don’t reveal the exact calculation they use for their popularity score, we do know that it involved recent plays, recent playlist additions and how ‘engaged’ the listeners are to the music. There are rumours that the Spotify popularity score influences how often an artist will appear as a recommendation to other listeners.
We then sort by Followers. These are people who have clicked the ‘follow’ button on an artist profile. We believe if someone is committed enough to follow an artist on Spotify, then they aren’t just a casual listener, but a ‘raving fan’.
In the rare instance that two artists have the same popularity score, and same amount of followers, we then sort by ‘Monthly listeners’. These are the amount of people who have played any track by that artist in the last month.
Where you see a * in the Monthly listeners column, that means that this artist only has credits as a secondary artist on a track, and they don’t have their own tracks listed as a primary artist on Spotify.
Where an artist is new to our charts (which means we have recently started tracking them) we show this as new in the previous chart position.