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Find out the songs locals love listening to most in 22 cities across the U.S.

Talia Avakian
April 19, 2018

America is full of rich musical history, but that doesn't mean we all agree on what to listen to.

To show just how diverse our musical tastes can be from coast to coast, Spotify has teamed up with Visit the USA, part of U.S. marketing organization Brand USA, to put together a series of playlists based on the songs locals listen to most in 22 different cities across the country.

Visit the USA chose 22 cities known for their musical offerings, like Nashville and New Orleans, as well as up-and-comers like Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Curated playlists can be found for each of the following cities: Miami, New York City, Chicago, Memphis, Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans, Nashville, Portland, Houston, San Juan, Atlanta, Denver, Baltimore, Providence, San Antonio, Sioux Falls, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Charleston, Cheyenne, and San Francisco.

Spotify customized each playlist based on the listening habits of users in each of the cities, comparing this data to their aggregate user base to pull the top hits. Brand USA also created a "mood" to describe each of the cities and their playlists, like “Undiscovered, Serene” in Sioux Falls and “Upbeat, Excitement, Dance, and Latin” in Miami.

Top songs range from "I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan and “All Falls Down” by Kanye West in Chicago to Miley Cyrus' "Malibu" and the appropriately named "Californication" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Los Angeles

“Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish, “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band, and “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker landed in Charleston’s most popular songs, while Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and The Avalanche’s “Since I Left You” were popular in Providence, Rhode Island. 

Each of the playlists can be viewed on Visit the USA's Spotify page starting Thursday, April 19, and on Visit the USA’s website starting Monday, April 23. 

The partnership is part of Brand USA's “Hear the Music, Experience the USA” campaign, which explores the musical range of America through five artists who create their own version of the famed song, “Do You Wanna Dance?” by Bobby Freeman in their respective cities.

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