This Is What Malaysians Listen To Most On Spotify

Can you guess which artists Malaysians listen to the most on Spotify?

(The results probably won’t surprise you.)

It’s  The Chainsmokers, Ed Sheeran, and The Weeknd.

The Chainsmokers were the most-streamed artist in Malaysia last year.

Spotify Asia revealed these stats during a media session to celebrate their fourth year in Malaysia.  It’s hard to believe we’ve only had Spotify around for four years now. We can barely remember what things were like before Spotify — it’s all a haze of folders, iTunes, Winamp, downloaded mp3s, CDs, iPods… It’s safe to say that the music-streaming service has revolutionised how we listen to music. And Spotify doesn’t just make music more accessible, it’s also really, really good at gathering data on our listening habits.

According to Spotify, Malaysians spend an average of 148 minutes everyday streaming music. In the past year, we streamed a collective 7.8 billion minutes of music!

Most of those minutes were probably spent playing the most-streamed albums of the year, which were The Weeknd’s Starboy, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, and Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic. As for songs, Malaysians really liked Shape of You by Ed Sheeran (again), Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur, and Paris by The Chainsmokers. The most popular genres in Malaysia are (perhaps unsurprisingly) Pop, Hip Hop, and EDM.

If you’re curious about what your fellow Malaysians are listening to, this playlist of Malaysia’s Top 50 most-played songs  is updated daily:

With 30 million tracks at our fingertips, we can create all the customised playlists we want. Spotify does so as well, and shared which playlists Malaysians listen to throughout the day:

5 am to 9 am: Early birds love starting their days with the energetic beats in “Good Morning, Malaysia!”, while others prefer the laid-back low-key tunes from “Morning Stroll”. Which camp do you fit in?

9 am to 12 pm: In the first half of the work day, the most frequently streamed playlist is “Deep Focus”, a selection of ambient, atmospheric rock that makes great background noise when you’re working.

12 pm to 5 pm: Malaysians charge through their post-lunch food comas with some light and easy listening. The aptly-named “Pop Waktu Kerja” and “Top Hits Malaysia” are most frequently streamed during the second half of the work day. Spotify also reports that most streaming happens in the hour between 4 pm and 5 pm!

6 pm to 10 pm: The upbeat progressive house tunes of the “Night Rider” playlist help Malaysians through the dreadful rush hour commute. At night, most pick “Rock Jiwang” or “Party Life” to unwind.

10 pm to 1 am: Time to sleep. Malaysians use playlists like “Deep Sleep” and “Before Tidur” to lull themselves off to dreamland.

Spotify’s curated playlists are perfect listening at any time of the day. But we have to say, no playlist will probably ever top this one they created during the great haze fiasco of 2015:


So good.