Music nerds: Prepare for hours of music-nerding the hell out.
The website Polygraph recently created a vast and deep resource of interactive graphs, charts, and tables reflecting our collective music-listening behavior. "This is a story about proving, with data, that 'No Diggity' by Blackstreet is timeless," leads Polygraph editor Matt Daniels in the post titled The Most Timeless Songs of All-Time.
But that's just the — figurative and literal — start. Culling from a vast reserve of Spotify listening data, the article gives us answers to burning questions we didn't know we had:
Is Eagle-Eye Cherry's "Save Tonight" a more popular '90s song than Beck's "Loser"?
Where does Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" stand among other rap hits from 1986 to 1999?
How does a song's historical Billboard chart performance compare to its 2014 Spotify plays?
How did "Numb" by Linkin Park, an objectively bad song, get so many more all-time plays than objectively superior tracks like Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," OutKast's "Ms. Jackson," and the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black"?
You can search. You can sort. You can avoid doing actual work today at the office.
To the methodology purists, yes, the data only reflect Spotify plays, plus megastars like Taylor Swift and the Beatles aren't available on the music-streaming service. (Prince, in very Prince-like fashion, yanked all of his music from Spotify before adding back a single song.) For the rest of us, plunge into an ocean of pop-music geekery.