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The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ is the fastest song to reach 2 billion Spotify streams

The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” has proven to not only be the singer’s biggest worldwide hit ever, but one of the most popular songs in Billboard Hot 100 and Spotify history. The track hits another major milestone this week, reaching 2 billion Spotify streams in record time and becoming just the fourth song to do so, Chart Data reports.

Released in November of 2019 as the second single off After Hours, “Blinding Lights” racked up 2 billion streams in just under 15 months. The upbeat synthwave track now joins an exclusive club alongside Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (2.724 billion streams), Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” (2.124 billion) and Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” (2.101 billion). It shows no signs of slowing down either, collecting another 3.535 million global Spotify streams on Tuesday and landing at No. 3 on the worldwide chart.

“Blinding Lights” debuted at No. 11 on the Hot 100 in December 2019 and climbed to the top of the chart last April following the release of After Hours, dethroning Roddy Ricch’s viral streaming sensation “The Box.” Since then, it has kept an iron grip on the uppermost region of the Hot 100, logging the most weeks in the chart’s Top 5 (41) and the Top 10 (50). It holds strong at No. 4 this week, extending both records.

Following his Super Bowl halftime show performance earlier this month, The Weeknd enjoyed major sales and streaming boosts across his discography. “Blinding Lights” jumped from No. 8 to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in the week following the game, and it rocketed from 829,000 U.S. streams on Super Bowl Sunday to 1.404 million the following day. 


The Weeknd has lodged four songs on Spotify’s Top 100, all of them former No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 as well. His second-biggest streaming hit is the Daft Punk collaboration “Starboy,” which lands at No. 19 with 1.518 billion streams. A pair of singles off 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness—“The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”—land at No. 75 and No. 91 with 1.157 billion streams and 1.112 billion streams, respectively. 

Given its unparalleled longevity, “Blinding Lights” is sure to eclipse “Dance Monkey” and “Rockstar” on the all-time Spotify chart soon. If it keeps racking up streams at this pace, it could eventually surpass “Shape of You” to become the most platform’s most popular song.


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