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    Sometimes the pace at which popular music changes seems to move faster than that of a speedy metal guitarist playing scales. New forms of music develop; genres are named; and subgenres get defined and morph into something new before many can even learn the name.

    Looking back some might remember when guitar-based music was the most prevalent musical style heard on radio stations. It might have turned up in rock music or even country, but the lead guitar was the star. Disco music was a departure from this style in the 1970s and 1980s, and was everywhere, from radio to dance clubs and in movies like “Saturday Night Fever.” Today, people around the world might define themselves as fans of anything from art rock to doom metal to emo-pop. The music streaming service Spotify is an excellent place to listen to new music and to track the most popular musical genres, based on their listeners.

    Stacker has taken a look—and a listen—to the top 25 streaming songs on Spotify in 2019, through April 12, analyzing songs in the top 200 for each week and then summing the total play count to determine the songs with the most number of streams. The top 25 songs in the following list had a combined 6.8 billion streams, and they are each ranked by their respective number of streams.

    Some artists are represented several times with different songs or working with different collaborators. Some songs are sung in English, some in Spanish, and some in both. One thing is apparent: Those searching for subgenres like Pagan metal or crust punk probably won't find it on a Spotify top 25 streaming list. Instead, they will find songs that are accompanied by expensively produced videos, performed by entertainers already influencing the next wave of musical innovators.

    Read on to find out the top 25 songs on Spotify so far in 2019. 

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  • #25: ZEZE (feat. Travis Scott & Offset)

    - Artist: Kodak Black
    - Streams: 179.1 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 15
    - Highest week rank: #12

    Kodak Black is a hip-hop artist who records on the Atlantic Records label. His song “ZEZE” also features Travis Scott and Offset. These three have worked together in different configurations, but this is the first record on which they collaborated. The lyrics reportedly reference the decadent lifestyle of the performers, who are based in Miami.

  • #24: Eastside (with Halsey & Khalid)

    - Artist: Benny Blanco
    - Streams: 182.4 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 15
    - Highest week rank: #16

    Songwriter Benny Blanco was born Benjamin Levin, in 1988. Through the years he's become one of the most prolific and successful producers and songwriters in the contemporary music landscape. Although he recorded the song with artists Halsey and Khalid, “Eastside” was his first release as a standalone artist on his own label.

  • #23: Baila Baila Baila

    - Artist: Ozuna
    - Streams: 187 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 13
    - Highest week rank: #12

    In English, the title of this Spanish-language song translates to “Dance Dance Dance.” Ozuna's musical style comes from the Puerto Rican music scene in which he came up. Now he creates music in a diverse range of styles. He's also a lyricist writing in both Spanish and English.

  • #22: When the Party's Over

    - Artist: Billie Eilish
    - Streams: 187.6 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 15
    - Highest week rank: #9

    Unlike some current pop divas, 17-year-old Billie Eilish wasn't groomed for the job from early childhood. She did it the new-fashioned way, putting her music out on SoundCloud. That sharing and distribution platform put her in the earbuds of some young listeners who love teen pop stars, even the unconventional ones like she is. It also earned her commercial and critical success with her first album.

  • #21: Secreto

    - Artist: Anuel AA
    - Streams: 208.9 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 12
    - Highest week rank: #11

    Recorded with girlfriend Karol G., some suspect that Anuel AA's song “Secreto” is in line for earworm of the year. The video for “Secreto” shows the couple in playful lovey-dovey domestic scenes. The love theme is said to underscore how he's moved his life forward since being released from prison after serving time for gun charges.

  • #20: SICKO MODE

    - Artist: Travis Scott
    - Streams: 214.2 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 15
    - Highest week rank: #8

    Part concept album and part rap opera, what Travis Scott and his collaborative partners have created is entirely original. So far in his career, Scott has released three studio albums, one collaborative album, and two mix tapes. He's been nominated for several Grammy awards and has started his own label, Cactus Jack Records.

  • #19: Adan y Eva

    - Artist: Paulo Londra
    - Streams: 214.5 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 15
    - Highest week rank: #11

    Paulo Londra is an Argentinian hip-hop and rap artist who is getting noticed in the MTV Europe Music awards, in digital media, and in the live performance scene. Some of his appeal is the message of his songs, which emphasize a positive viewpoint. He usually works with collaborators, but “Adan y Eva” is a solo composition.

  • #18: MIDDLE CHILD

    - Artist: J. Cole
    - Streams: 222.3 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 12
    - Highest week rank: #2

    American rap artist J. Cole is known for his rhyming style and confessional story telling. His first album, “Coleworld: The Sideline Story,” was released in 2011, and he's had consistent output since, including HBO films documenting the making of his records. A native of North Carolina, Cole was the halftime act for the 2019 NBA All Star game in Charlotte, N.C.

  • #17: High Hopes

    - Artist: Panic! At The Disco
    - Streams: 225.9 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 15
    - Highest week rank: #9

    Panic! At The Disco is an American rock band formed in 2004 by a loose collective of friends in Las Vegas. Members have come and gone, recording and touring in various configurations. The song title “High Hopes” is also the name of a foundation the band launched in 2018. Its purpose is to help nonprofit organizations that work for human rights.

  • #16: Going Bad (feat. Drake)

    - Artist: Meek Mill
    - Streams: 230.1 million
    - Weeks in 2019 top 200: 15
    - Highest week rank: #12

    Meek Mill is an American rapper with a full career recording and performing. A Philadelphia native, he's interested in social justice reform in Philly and across the state. His REFORM Alliance is working to make changes in the criminal justice system.