REVEALED: The most streamed FIFA songs of all time

  • Heat Waves by Glass Animals is the most streamed FIFA song, with a staggering 1.9 billion streams on Spotify. 
  • Blur’s Song 2 is the oldest song in the ranking, placing seventh overall, with more than 560 million streams. 
  • The 2010s dominate the ranking, with 14 entries in the top 20. 

A new study reveals the most popular FIFA songs, with Glass Animal’s Heat Waves taking the top spot. 

The research, conducted by online gaming site Solitaired.com, analysed Spotify data to discover the number of streams every song featured on a FIFA soundtrack has ever received, from FIFA: World Cup ‘98 to the most recent FIFA 22 game, launched last year.  

A spokesperson for Solitaired.com commented on the findings: “Since 1998, the music that accompanies FIFA game menus has slowly but surely blossomed into one of the game’s main selling points and with every new game comes a new, almost equally anticipated, soundtrack. 

With the FIFA 23 release date on September 27th, it will be interesting to see how the current ranking of the most streamed FIFA songs changes as the new soundtrack is revealed, which will sadly be the last game, and soundtrack, of the games’ series.” 

The most streamed FIFA songs 

The study revealed that Heat Waves by Glass Animals is the most streamed song featured on a FIFA soundtrack, with a staggering 1.9 billion streams on Spotify. Heat Waves featured on FIFA 2021, which appeared on the British group Glass Animals’ third studio album, Dreamland. The song reached number five on the UK Singles Chart and number one in countries such as Australia, Canada and the United States, where it also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Ranking second is The Nights by the late Swedish DJ AVICII, with more than 1.1 billion streams. The song appeared on the FIFA 15 soundtrack after being released in late 2014. Billie Eilish’s hit single you should see me in a crown is next on the list, with more than 692 million streams, closely followed by Imagine Dragon’s On Top of the World, with 683 million Spotify streams. 

Interestingly, the songs from the 2010s dominate the top 20, with 14 entries overall, including fan-favourite Love Me Again by John Newman which featured on FIFA 14, ranking eighth overall, with 494 million streams. Additionally, only one song from the 1990s made the top 20 – Song 2 by Blur, making it the oldest song in the ranking. With more than 560 million streams to date, Song 2 featured on the soundtrack for FIFA: Road to World Cup ‘98, which was the first game in the series to feature a soundtrack. 

            The Top 20 Most Streamed FIFA Songs 
        Artist:     Song:     Year:     Total Spotify Streams: 
        1. Glass Animals     Heat Waves     2021     1,946,964,717 
        2. AVICII     The Nights     2015     1,163,964,283 
        3. Billie Eilish     you should see me in a crown     2019     692,812,784 
        4. Imagine Dragons     On Top of the World     2013     683,964,847 
        5. Kaleo     Way Down We Go     2016     643,561,438 
        6. MGMT     Kids     2009     599,007,927 
        7. Blur     Song 2     1998     560,576,371 
        8. John Newman     Love Me Again     2014     494,064,676 
        9. Rosalia & Ozuna     Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi     2020     465,460,354 
        10. Vance Joy     Mess Is Mine     2015     395,291,133 
        11. LSD ft. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo     Genius     2019     382,638,591 
        12. Muse     Supermassive Black Hole     2007     370,594,842 
        13. Major Lazer     Que Calor     2020     347,958,743 
        14. Peter Bjorn and John     Young Folks     2008     338,367,458   
        15. New Order     Blue Monday     2005     285,463,188 
        16. Kygo ft. Kodaline     Raging     2017     270,224,195 
        17. Gorillaz     Rhinestone Eyes     2011     264,349,990 
        18. Saint Motel     My Type     2015     253,134,043 
        19. Childish Gambino     Feels Like Summer     2019     245,942,140 
        20. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith     Omen     2016     238,175,156 

 The most streamed FIFA songs of the 2000s 

FIFA soundtracks are reflective of the year they are released, so they often provide a source of nostalgia for many long-time players. Unsurprisingly, Kids by MGMT ranks as the most streamed FIFA song from the 2000s, from 2009 specifically, with 599 million streams on Spotify. Supermassive Black Hole by Muse ranks next from 2007, with 370 million total streams, closely followed by Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John from 2008, with more than 338 million streams. 

Also, the research revealed that FIFA 2009 is a popular soundtrack with fans, with five entries from 2009 in the top 15 songs from the 2000s. These songs include: Kids by MGMT, Mercy by Duffy, Untouched by The Veronicas, Always Where I Need to Be by The Kooks and Ready For the Floor (Soulwax Remix) by Hot Chip. 

            The Top 15 Most Streamed FIFA Songs of the 2000s 
        Artist:     Song:     Year:     Total Spotify Streams: 
        1. MGMT     Kids     2009     599,007,927 
        2. Muse     Supermassive Black Hole     2007     370,594,842 
        3. Peter Bjorn and John     Young Folks     2008     338,367,458 
        4. New Order     Blue Monday     2005     285,463,188 
        5. Duffy     Mercy     2009     232,202,405 
        6. Caesars     Jerk It Out     2004     193,467,887 
        7. The Jam     Town Called Malice     2004     147,686,251 
        8. The Veronicas     Untouched     2009     133,517,836 
        9. Bloc Party     Helicopter     2006     103,448,991 
        10. Scissor Sisters     Take Your Mama     2005     92,965,463 
        11. Safri Duo     Played A-Live (The Bongo Song)     2003     73,877,764 
        12. The Kooks     Always Where I Need to Be     2009     63,288,599 
        13. Hot Chip     Ready For the Floor (Soulwax Remix)     2009     62,539,194   
        14. Tribalistas     Ja Sei Namorar     2004     58,835,591 
        15. Gorillaz     19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)     2002     57,139,760 

The ultimate FIFA playlist 

Within the FIFA community, many fans often discuss and debate the most iconic songs ever featured on the game, as well as their favourite soundtracks by year. The below table lists the most streamed song on each FIFA soundtrack since 1998, including some classic fan-favourites and a few surprises. 

Interestingly, English band Gorillaz are the only artist to feature twice, both in 2002 with 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix), which has received 57 million Spotify streams and in 2011 with Rhinestone Eyes, which has 264 million streams. 

            The Most Streamed FIFA Songs from Every Year 
        Year:     Artist:     Song:     Total Spotify Streams: 
        1998     Blur     Song 2     560,576,371 
        1999     Fatboy Slim     The Rockafeller Skank     86,888,733 
        2000     Reel Big Fish     Sell Out     47,532,833 
        2001     Moby     Bodyrock     17,895,220 
        2002     Gorillaz     19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)     57,139,760 
        2003     Safri Duo     Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)     73,877,764 
        2004     Caesars     Jerk It Out     193,467,887 
        2005     New Order     Blue Monday     285,463,188 
        2006     Bloc Party     Helicopter     103,448,991 
        2007     Muse     Supermassive Black Hole     370,594,842 
        2008     Peter Bjorn and John     Young Folks     338,367,458 
        2009     MGMT     Kids     599,007,927 
        2010     Matt & Kim     Daylight     167,592,928 
        2011     Gorillaz     Rhinestone Eyes     264,349,990 
        2012     Foster the People     Call It What You Want     106,199,550 
        2013     Imagine Dragons     On Top of the World     683,964,847   
        2014     John Newman     Love Me Again     494,064,676 
        2015     AVICII     The Nights     1,163,964,283 
        2016     Kaleo     Way Down We Go     643,561,438 
        2017     Kygo ft. Kodaline     Raging      270,224,195 
        2018     Tash Sultana     Jungle     194,454,302 
        2019     Billie Eilish     you should see me in a crown     692,812,784 
        2020     Rosalia & Ozuna     Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi     465,460,354 
        2021     Glass Animals     Heat Waves     1,946,964,717 
        2022     Seb     Seaside_Demo     117,223,691 

The research was conducted by Solitaired.com, a free, browser-based card game platform with more than 500 games available to play.  

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