Polygraph is a publication that celebrates the rich history of music and takes pride in telling stories via the inspection of data. Its latest feature examines songs through the decades, tracking data from hit releases and comparing them to their current play counts on Spotify. The streaming giant has made it possible to measure the popularity of older music. The results show that Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has gained popularity over the years, Biggie champions Tupac when it comes to hip-hop, and although 20 years have passed since the release of “No Diggity,” a track that was the fifth most played song in the ’90s, the Blackstreet hit remains to be a timeless number due to its consistent plays.
Head to Polygraph for the full hypothesis on how old music has stood the test of time.