Drake is the most searched artist in the history of Shazam


Drake is expanding his dominance on digital platforms and Shazam.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Shazam has released a comprehensive list of notable moments from its history, including the song with the most Shazams by genre and the first song searched for on the service.

According to Shazam, Drake is officially the most searched artist of all time with over 350 million Shazams on his released and featured songs.

Drake's most popular song on Shazam is 'One Dance' with over 17 million searches.

Shazam launched its first version in August 2002 when it experimented with a UK-based text messaging service.

Users could identify songs by typing "2580" into their phone and holding the device up to a speaker while a song was playing. They then received an SMS message with the song title and artist name. At the time, the song with the most Shazams was Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy'.

Shazam later appeared on the Apple app store in 2008 and released its version for Android devices in October of the same year. As of June 2021, the app had over 1 billion Shazams per month, and last week, it officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions.

Today the platform has over 225 million users worldwide on a monthly basis.

The song with the most Shazams of all time is 'Dance Mokney' by Australia's Tones And I from 2019, which recorded over 41 million searches.

Shazam also revealed the most searched songs across seven music genres.

'Can't Hold Us' by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Ray Dalton on hip-hop/rap, 'Prayer In C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)' by Lilly Wood & the Prick and Robin Schulz on dance, 'All of Me" by John Legend in R&B/soul, "Mi Gente" by J Balvin and Willy William in latin, "Let Her Go" by Passenger in pop, "Dance Monkey" by Tones And I in alternative and "Take Me to Church" by Hozier in the songwriter category.

The first song searched on Shazam was "Jeepster" by T. Rex on April 19, 2002, and the first song Shazamed on the iOS app was "How Am I Different" by Aimee Mann on July 10, 2008.