Who needs music critics anymore when you have music-identification services like Shazam telling you what to listen to. The mobile app has taken its users' tagging data (the number of times people use Shazam to find an artist or song name they hear, for all you not-so-tech-savvy people like me) to predict this summer's most popular tunes.
Topping the list is the most viewed YouTube video (probably) ever, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," followed by tracks from superstars like Maroon 5 and Useher and up-and-coming acts like the buzzworthy blues-driven Alabama Shakes.
Shazam has allowed users to not only find out information about a song they hear, but also buy the song, view videos, read lyrics and share, for three years. See the full "Top 10" list below, along with the company's logic behind each prediction, and let us know if you think anything's been left out by leaving a comment.
Shazam's Predictions for 10 Most Popular Songs this Summer:
1. Gotye - "Somebody That I Used to Know" (Currently receiving 1.5 million tags weekly, worldwide)
2. Usher - "Scream" (Most tageed song from Usher's upcoming release, "Looking 4 Myself," which is most likely going to be a large summer release)
3. Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa - "Payphone" (Number one in the Shazam New Realease Tag Chart)
4. Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo - "Let's Go" (Harris's tracks and productions for other artists have been hits on Shazam, and this looks to continue that trend)
5. Rick Ross featuring Usher - "Touch 'N You" (Ross' "Stay Schemin" has been the most-tagged track from a hip-hop mixtape in the past year)
6. Gusttavo Lima - "Balada Boa" (Has been a hit in 21 countries)
7. Rudamental featuing John Newman - "Feel the Love" (Has been number one in UK's New Release Chart for several weeks)
8. DJ Fresh featuing Dizzee Rascal - "Feel the Love" (DJ Fresh's "Louder" has spent the longest time at number one on UK's Ne Release Chart)
9. Nicki Minaj - "Pound the Alarm" (Minaj has been one of Shazam's most popular artists in the last year)
10. Alabama Shakes - "Hold On" (One of the most-tagged indie/alt tracks in the UK this year)
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