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Shazam celebrates 20th anniversary; Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” named most Shazamed song of all time

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In another example of the inevitable, unceasing passage of time, Shazam is officially 20 years old.

The music-identifying platform first launched in 2002 as a U.K. text message service, which allowed users to text a certain number while holding up their phone to a song playing nearby. It’s since become an ubiquitous app that’ll instantly tell you the name of the song you’re hearing, which, according to a Shazam press release, has been done over 70 billion times.

In celebration of its milestone anniversary, Shazam has put together a number of stats, including the most Shazamed song of all time. That would be Tones and I‘s “Dance Monkey,” which has been Shazamed over 41 million times.

Drake is the most Shazamed artist overall, having been Shazamed over 350 million times.

Meanwhile, Gnarls Barkley‘s hit “Crazy” holds the record for most Shazams by text, while the Gotye and Kimbra sensation “Somebody That I Used to Know” was the first song to reach 10 million Shazams.

As for the first song to ever be Shazamed, that was “Jeepster” by T. Rex, which happened using the pre-launch public beta version.

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