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Did Radio Kill the Spotify Star?

Depending on your age, you probably remember when Video Killed the Radio Star. Now, in the age of online streaming, is history repeating itself? You might think that the most popular songs on the radio match the most popular songs streamed on Spotify. Alas, between July 16 and July 17, not a single tune appeared in the Top 10 of both. Moreover, just 13 of the Top 50 songs streamed on Spotify July 17 made the radio’s Top 50 list on July 16. According to, in the past, on average, the songs that appear on the radio's top 50 list have been on Spotify's top 50 list for 156 days.

Below is a chart showing just how different the two listening experiences are:

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