Remember the early days of online music when you had to download a media player to listen? The days of downloading before listening are over.
SoundCloud is a Swedish online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, Germany, that allows its users to record, upload, share, and promote their originally-created sounds.
Founders Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss initially wanted to allow musicians to share recordings with one another, but the idea later turned into a full-fledged publishing tool that also allowed musicians to distribute their music tracks across the platform.
SoundCloud now has 40 million registered users, up from 10 million in 2011.
The website reaches 200 million unique listeners around the globe on the Web, mobile devices and on social media sites, which equates to about 8% of the current online population.
Even President Obama has signed on to the distribution platform to share his speeches.
SoundCloud now sees itself as the new Facebook in terms of global ambitions with their main goal revolving around building a platform in preparation to either sell it or float it on the stock market.
Some $45 million in funding has been raised for the company by a variety of venture capital firms, including heavy hitter Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the company behind Twitter and Flipboard, among others.
It goes without saying: SoundCloud is here to stay.
So let’s take a look at some of the songs that helped the Swedish distribution platform reach a (potential) billion dollar valuation.
Finding the most played songs on SoundCloud is no easy task.
Just try searching for “The Most Played SoundCloud Songs Of All Time” and see what comes up.
Unless you’re still using Ask Jeeves, you probably came up with nothing.
Therefore, we need your help. These are the top 10 most listened to songs that we came across, but there has to be more out there that we missed. We set the minimum at 30,000,000 plays.
So if you stumble upon a track with more than our minimum, feel free to call us out in the comment section below.
But be nice, there are children present.
Chris Brown | “Loyal” (East Coast Version) ft. Lil Wayne & French Montana
Total Plays: 31,005,858
Disclosure | “You & Me” (Flume Remix)
Total Plays: 32,766,459
Martin Garrix | “Animals”
Total Plays: 34,598,238
Major Lazer & DJ Snake | “Lean On” ft. MØ
Total Plays: 35,742,974
Chris Brown X Tyga | “Ayo”
Total Plays: 36,117,590
P. Reign | “DnF” ft. Drake and Future
Total Plays: 37,709,053
T-wayne | “Nasty Freestyle”
Total Plays: 39,657,480
Chris Brown | “Loyal” ft. Lil Wayne & Tyga
Total Plays: 39,767,119
Calvin Harris | “Summer”
Total Plays: 43,320,523
Chris Brown | “New Flame” ft. Usher & Rick Ross
Total Plays: 45,704,311
The Weeknd | “Or Nah” (Remix)
Total Plays: 46,610,288
PARTYNEXTDOOR | “Recognize” ft. Drake
Total Plays: 48,790,638
Big Sean | “I Dont Fuck With You” ft. E-40
Total Plays: 49,822,172
Sia | “Chandelier”
Total Plays: 52,529,975
ILOVEMAKONNEN | “Tuesday “
Total Plays: 54,423,079
Fetty Wap | “Trap Queen”
Total Plays: 59,813,816
John Legend | “All of Me”
Total Plays: 63,896,477