Just When I Thought Malaysian Music Wasn’t Big, Spotify Proved Me Wrong

Prior to Spotify, and back when we were all pirates (arrrr!), our only alternatives to music were:

  1. Snagging music from LimeWire at the risk of downloading several billion viruses at the same time.

  2. Streaming from YouTube but getting irritated after it stops playing when you sift through other apps, or switch your screen off.

  3. The good old radio, before they started playing Justin Bieber’s less-favourite hits (I don’t know about you, but we’re quite into his newer ones) and too much of Taylor Swift whinging about her latest fling.


According to Spotify stats, we spend an average of 148 minutes a day on the app, with many users not only streaming the latest hits, but also exploring other genres such as K-Pop (huh?), EDM and Jazz. And, since its launch in 2013, Malaysian users have streamed more than 1.4 billion hours of K-Pop tracks (why?). Can someone please explain to us, perhaps in another post on this site, about the appeal of K-Pop? We are genuinely curious.

Anywhoozles, all K-Pop madness aside, Spotify is very much part of the local culture, from Hazed & Confused for the hazy season to Malaysia Boleh! a playlist dedicated to Malaysia.

And in case you were wondering what the stats are with regards to Malaysia music for the past five years, here’s a handy little infographic for you, courtesy of Spotify:

Infographics – 5 Years in Malaysia.jpg

So, there you have it. Just when you think Malaysian music isn’t that big, something proves you wrong. I mean, let’s support our own country’s music lah, am I right?

In the meantime, here’s a playlist for your listening pleasure: Top Hits Malaysia


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