How to make a Spotify hit

What are the main characteristics of the top 100 most-streamed songs on Spotify? Are pop songs more streamed than hip hop ones? Do people prefer to listen to longer or shorter tracks? Are they listening to dancy upbeat tunes, or do they like slow lovesongs? Explore the visualization below to discover!

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How to read this visualization


Number of times the artist(s) appear in the top 100Genre (color) Number of streams (size)Loudness (number of circles)Artist’s type (women, men, band or collaboration)

Side arcs

00100100DurationAcousticnessLiveness6 min

Top arcs

Tempo (bpm)EnergyDanceabilityValenceSpeechness

Number of streams


  • Pop
  • Dance
  • Latin
  • R&B
  • Hip Hop
  • Electro
  • Rock

Artist's type

  • Woman
  • Man
  • Collaboration
  • Band


The 100 most-streamed songs on Spotify dataset was fetched from Wikipedia on August 1st, 2020.

I then created a playlist on Spotify with these songs, which I uploaded to Spotify's Organize your music app to extract each track's properties (tempo, duration, danceability, etc.).