When people hold their phones in the air to identify a song, they are essentially saying, “I don’t know what this song is, but I like it.”
As such, Shazam has unique insight into where our collective music taste is headed. Which artists are people most curious about? Which ones make them fire up Shazam to tag the song and find out more? By mining that data, it should be possible to tell which artists are about to get big, which is how Shazam predicted that hip-hop would dominate 2011, that the summer jam of 2012 would be by Gotye, and correctly identified 11 of 16 Grammy winners earlier this year.
So, what does Shazam see in its crystal ball for 2014, based on the songs over 400 million Shazam users are tagging? Here’s the list, courtesy of Shazam, in alphabetical order: