Top of the Spotify Pops: Music streaming service launches top 50 tracks widget

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Spotify have launched a new widget for websites, displaying both the weekly top 50 most-played tracks on the music service and the top 50 “social” tracks, showing which songs were the most shared across services like Twitter and Facebook for the week and previous weeks.

Like a digital top of the pops, you can click back through previous weeks to see just how long a song has been riding high in the Spotify charts, and seems a natural successor to shows like Top of the Pops or the Chart Show, relics of an age where physical sales meant more than digital plays and downloads. Of course, it’s only limited to Spotify plays and not other services such as the recently-launched Google Play Music All Access, but gives you a good idea of what’s stuck in the ears of the world at present.

Offering localised charts for 28 different territories, all charts will be refreshed each Monday at midday EST. With the launch, Spotify will also be offering exact play counts for individual songs, hitting the desktop client first before rolling out across the service’s many platforms.

“What’s so powerful about the streaming charts is they let you hear what people are really listening to, right now, and not just what they’re buying,” says head of content Steve Savoca in a statement.

“We want to be the best artist promotional platform in the world and showing play-counts is a clear step in that direction. Now artists can get immediate feedback from their fans on how their music is performing on Spotify.”

You can check out the new chart widget below.

Gerald Lynch