We now all know what happened in the 2015 General Election, but which side is the most popular on Spotify? Read on to find out how those famous political colours translate to the world of music...
As the results of the 2015 General Election sink in, is there any way that music could’ve help to predict the outcome? Did our music listening habits reflect the way the British people voted?
It might seem like a bit of a stretch but we’ve been keeping an eye on the top Spotify songs with the colours of the main political parties in their titles to figure out which hue has the edge, and the results may surprise you…
The Blues have it…
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That’s certainly an impressive roster, but today we’re focussing on just 100 tracks – the most popular ones with colours in their names. Between 1 January and 7 May, Spotify has been busy tracking streams of the top 100 tunes** with colourful titles to see if our aural preferences can predict a political win.
So with the Conservatives’ blue besting Labour’s red, the Green’s eponymous shade and the yellowy hues of the Lib Dems or SNP alike, do our streaming charts line up in the same order?
Amazingly, yes! The blues swept the musical colour chart with 38% of total streams, giving them the majority share in our headphones as well as in Parliament. The top track? Electric Light Orchestra’s classic, Mr. Blue Sky. ‘Red’ songs were marginally behind with 36%, while the yellows took 14% and the green’s 11%.
Here’s the top five of each of the top colours, as listened to by Spotify users :
Top 5 ‘blue’ songs:
1. Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
2. Baby Blue (feat. Chance the Rapper) by Action Bronson
3. Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit
4. Angel in Blue Jeans by Train
5. Pale Blue Eyes by The Velvet Underground
Top 5 ‘red’ songs:
1. Red Red Wine by UB40
2. Little Red Corvette by Prince
3. 99 Red Balloons by Goldfinger
4. I’m Drinking Rum & Red Bull by Beenie Man
5. Little Red Wagon by Miranda Lambert
Top 5 ‘yellow’ songs:
1. Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
2. Old Yellow Bricks by Arctic Monkeys
3. Black And Yellow – feat. Juicy J, Snoop Dogg & T-Pain by Wiz Khalifa
4. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
5. Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows
Top 5 ‘green’ songs:
1. Little Green Bag by George Baker Selection
2. Just Be Good to Green – feat. Lily Allen by Professor Green
3. Pretty Green Eyes – Radio Edit by Ultrabeat
4. Green Green Grass Of Home by Tom Jones
5. That Green Gentleman [Things Have Changed] by Panic! At The Disco
Check out our #GE2015 Colour playlist in full here:
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