Shazam turns 20 on Friday, August 18, and has officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions, marking two decades of answering the question, “Hey, what’s that song?”
To celebrate this milestone, Shazam invites fans to take a trip down memory lane with a special playlist of the most Shazamed song from each calendar year for the past 20 years, including some of the biggest hits from the years. 2000 like “Hey, Soul Sister”, Sia’s “Cheap Thrills”, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and more. The playlist is available for exclusive listening on Apple Music here.
Just in case you think 20 years seems longer than Shazam exists, it actually started in August 2002 as a UK-only text message-based service where users could dial a number, hold their phone in front of a song, then receive a text message with the song title and artist. In July 2008, Shazam was launched on the App Store and then was available for Android users in October of the same year.
Over the years, Shazam has played a major role in bringing local artists to global audiences through music discovery. For example, the world’s oldest #1 song of 2021 that was Shazamed on the platform was “Love Nwantiti (Remix)” by the Nigerian artist Kay. The track also became the second song to top one million Shazams in a week.
“Shazam has been instrumental in my career,” CKay said in a press release. “It allowed millions of people around the world to discover me and my unique Nigerian sound. It caused a stir around the world even before I started performing all over the world. of CKay cannot be told without Shazam connecting me to the world.
To celebrate 20 years of Shazam, check out 20 fun facts about the platform below, from the most Shazamed artist and song of all time to the first song to hit 1 million, 10 million and 20 million. from Shazams.