Avicii's "Wake Me Up": A Journey From Loving to Loathing the Unavoidable Song

In utterly face-palm worthy news of the day, Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” is the most streamed song ever on Spotify. Just let that one sink in for a moment, folks. More streams than our lord and saviour Beysus. More streams than Miley. More streams than friggin’ Led Zeppelin. More streams than literally anything else, ever. AVICII. With more than 200 million streams and being the artist to reach 100 million streams for one song faster than anyone else, the Swedish folksy DJ is the King of Spotify.

Running up behind Avicii for most-streamed song is of course Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”...because the world is a cruel place where people hate puppies and no one is allowed to dance or eat cheese. Or just one where the most over-played songs on the radio, car commercials, and outlet shops are also the most over-played songs on the Internet. So really, no surprise there.

Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” brings in more than 4 million plays per week... which feels about as often as I hear that song any time I decide to give the ‘ol iTunes a rest and turn the radio dial on in my car.

Now, I know it feels like this discotechque/hippie drum circle mash-up feels like it’s been around FOREVER because you can never seem to avoid it, but let’s take a trip down memory lane here and trace our journey from the first time we all heard “Wake Me Up” to the 200 millionth time.

Hey, this song sounds different! I guess I kind of like this.

What genre is this?

Oh he’s SWEDISH. That makes sense. They’re so neutral! I like club dance hits AND folksy Americana rock. Let’s have both!

Okay, this song is on AGAIN? But I just heard it! Eh, whatever, I still kinda dig it.

Oh come on! I just heard this in my car and now it’s on my TV?


No Avicii, you wake ME up when this song is over.

White noise.

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