Pandora reaches 50 billion thumbs up, reveals top 10 most popular songs in New Zealand

Last week, a listener’s decision to thumb up Steely Dan’s Josie while logged into Pandora took the platform to the milestone of 50 billion thumbs up across the United States, Australia and New Zealand.    

The service uses the thumbing functionality in order to learn more about the listeners to ensure that recommendations are in line with their preferences.

Since Pandora first launched, Pandora has been tracking the performance of songs and artists, and as things stand at the moment Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin” is the most thumbed-up song of all time, while hip hop artist Drake currently enjoys the accolade of being the most-liked artist of all time. 

As part of its series of recent announcements, Pandora has also unveiled its list of the most thumbed up artists in New Zealand—and, quite surprisingly, Lorde isn’t number one.

Here’s the list (metalheads, proceed with caution):

10. ‘Sail’ – Awolnation

9. ‘Roar’ – Katy Perry

8. ‘Intro’ – The xx 

7. ‘All Of Me’ — John Legend 

6. ‘Iris’ – The Goo Goo Dolls 

5. ‘Let Her Go’ – Passenger 

4. ‘Royals’ – Lorde   

3. ‘Demons’ – Imagine Dragons

2. ‘Radioactive’ – Imagine Dragons

1. ‘
Counting Stars’ — OneRepublic

Illustrating that Kiwi tastes are more closely aligned with those Ozzies than we like to admit is the fact that the Australian list of the most-liked songs is almost identical to ours, with only The XX and the Goo Goo Dolls’ songs being replaced by ‘Somebody that I used to know’ by Gotye (featuring Kiwi-born Kimbra) and ‘Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey.   

Here’s the Australian list: 

10. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ (Feat. Kimbra) – Gotye 
9. ‘All Of Me’ – John Legend 
8. ‘Sail’ – Awolnation
7. ‘Roar’ – Katy Perry 
6. ‘Don’t Stop Believin” – Journey 
5. ‘Demons’ – Imagine Dragons 
4. ‘Let Her Go’ – Passenger 
3. ‘Royals’ – Lorde
2. ‘Radioactive’ – Imagine Dragons 
1. ‘Counting Stars’ – OneRepublic 

According to Buzzfeed’s recent list of Pandora’s most-liked songs of all time,  Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin” came out on top, followed by Drake’s ‘The Motto’ and Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’. 

And in keeping with the Kiwi media’s trend of finding tenuous local links to international events, it’s also worth pointing out that Gotye’s track ‘Somebody That I used to know’, which features Kimbra, placed at number eight on the list.  




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