Data Reveals the Most Popular Holiday Songs of all Time

Top tracks predicted for 2020 holidays include Shawn Mendes' Senorita and Dance Monkey by Tones and I

Take a look at the songs and artists that soundtrack our get-aways the most by analysing data from various holiday playlists on Spotify.

Amounting to over 154,624 songs across just over 7,000 different playlists, here;s some inspiration for any holidaymakers stuck on what to add to their own playlist, knowing that there’s no better place to listen to some good music than on vacay.

The most featured track across all holiday playlists was MEDUZA’s massive summer tune Piece Of Your Heart. In at second place, Calvin Harris’ Summer has been added to 235 playlists. Close behind is Dance Monkey by Tones and I, found in 218 holiday playlists.

The Top 10 Most Popular Holiday Songs:
1. Piece Of Your Heart – MEDUZA
2. Summer – Calvin Harris
3. Dance Monkey – Tones and I
4. Senorita – Shawn Mendes
5. Waves – Robin Schulz Radio Edit – Mr. Probz
6. One Kiss (with Dua Lipa) – Calvin Harris
7. 3 Nights – Dominic Fike
8. Sunflower – Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Post Malone
9. I Don’t Care (With Justin Bieber) – Ed Sheeran
10. Body – Loud Luxury

When it comes to the most popular artists, it’s Calvin Harris who tops the popularity charts, with his tracks appearing a massive 1,802 times. Up next it’s Ed Sheeran pulling in a total of 1,352 appearances, and close behind it’s Post Malone, whose songs were selected 1,187 times.

The Top 10 Most Popular Holiday Artists:
1. Calvin Harris
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Post Malone
4. Drake
5. Avicii
6. Khalid
7. Sticky Fingers
8. Kygo
9. The Chainsmokers
10. Ariana Grande

For those more partial to retro summer tunes, we’ve also compiled a list of 10 classics that made the top 100. These include Africa by TOTO, Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams, and Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and The Wailers.

Ten Classics in the Top 100:
1. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
2. Africa – TOTO
3. September – Earth, Wind and Fire
4. Electric Feel – MGMT Khalid
5. Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
6. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
7. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
8. Walking On A Dream – Empire of the Sun
9. Island In The Sun – Weezer
10. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and The Wailers
2020 Predictions

The new decade may have only just begun, but some holidaymakers are already planning their next big escape, and most importantly the tunes to go along with it. While Dance Monkey and Senorita make reappearances on the list, Post Malone’s Circles and Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa are both new entries in the Top 10 for 2020. Ed Sheeran appears to be the favourite for 2020, featuring twice in the top 10.

The Top 10 Most Popular Holiday Songs for 2020:
1. Dance Monkey – Tones and I
2. Senorita – Shawn Mendes
3. Circles – Post Malone
4. Memories – Maroon 5
5. Higher Love – Kygo
6. Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
7. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
8. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
9. Beautiful People (feat. Khalid) – Ed Sheeran
10. I Don’t Care (With Justin Bieber) – Ed Sheeran

Pete Brudenell, Head of Marketing at CV Villas, commented: “Music and travel go hand in hand and this research provides a great snapshot of the most popular songs that people choose to accompany their holidays. Interestingly, it’s the tracks that have come out in recent years that featured most heavily in the top ten of all time, rather than older tunes or retro classics. Whether you’re dancing round a pool with a group of friends, or having a romantic meal with your partner on the terrace, we hope the project sparks conversation and inspiration for your next trip”

To see the 50 most popular holiday playlist tracks, visit CV Villas