Shazam is one of the best mobile apps around: a nifty bit of kit which helps recognise any music or media file being played around you, so you’ll never need hear a snippet of a song without being able to identify it ever again. And they’ve now revealed the most Shazamed ‘rock and indie’ songs of 2014 so far around the world, starting with Oasis’ iconic 1994 anthem ‘Wonderwall’.
A blast from the past at number nine, with Blur’s 1997 belter ‘Song 2’. The grunge-aping track was the second single from the band’s fifth self-titled LP and was declared the 79th greatest song of the last 15 years by NME in 2011.
‘My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark’, from emo standard-bearers Fall Out Boy, is at number eight. After a lengthy hiatus, the band reformed in 2013 with their modestly-named ‘Save Rock And Roll’ album following shortly after, and they recently collaborated with Courtney Love on the track ‘Rat A Tat’.
One of the many smart and sophisticated songs from New York’s brainiest indie bunch, Vampire Weekend, is the seventh most Shazamed rock and indie track of 2014 so far. ‘Unbelievers’ was the third single from the group’s ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ LP, which was a Number Three hit on the UK Albums Chart.
NME’s Al Horner dismissed it as sounding like Fall Out Boy “on a Thomas Cook package holiday”, but that hasn’t stopped people from Shazaming The 1975’s ‘Chocolate’ so often that it’s claimed sixth spot on their rock and indie songs list of 2014.
It’s become ubiquitous due to its use on the posh-folks-say-the-most-annoying-things ‘reality show’ Made In Chelsea, but let’s not hold that against M83’s sublime ‘Midnight City’. The song, which was first released back in 2011, is one of the French band’s best-known songs and featured on their sixth album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’.
US duo Phantogram were fourth on Shazam’s list with their single ‘Fall In Love’. The track appeared on the electronic pair’s album ‘Voices’, which was released in 2013.
The third most shazamed song of the year? Paramore’s single ‘Ain’t It Fun’. The band, who will co-headline this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals, were recently involved in an online spat with Justin Bieber after the singer was accused by internet fans of artwork plagiarism.
Number two on their list, meanwhile, is Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Do I Wanna Know?’: the opening track from the Sheffield band’s hugely successful fifth album ‘AM’. It’s bound to be in the setlist when the Monkeys play their huge Finsbury Park gigs this weekend (May 23, 24).
It’s been shazamed a whopping 1,319,829 times, so congratulations to Coldplay, who top the list with their track ‘Magic’. The song was the first single from the band’s long-awaited sixth studio album ‘Ghost Stories’, which was released earlier this week (May 19) and quickly hit the iTunes Number One spot in 72 countries.