10 Most Exciting Moments From 2018 World Cup, According to Spotify Data
The last four weeks have been dedicated to viewing the world’s biggest sporting event, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Spotify listeners worldwide even adjusted their music habits to reflect their soccer obsession.
Countries' favorite football songs, or their unofficial and official national team anthems, saw a bump in streaming in the last month, and numbers typically fluctuated when certain countries were about to play their biggest matches.
Here are the nine most exciting moments from the World Cup, according to Spotify’s data:
1. June 15: 'La Roja Baila' Heats Up for Spain vs. Portugal
Historic rivals Spain and Portugal played a fierce match in a 3-3 game, but Spain brought the heat in their Spotify game. “La Roja Baila” (“The Red Dance”) by Spanish singer Niña Pastori and Spanish professional footballer Sergio Ramos was the official anthem of the Spanish National Team for the 2016 Euro Cup, and it saw a 43 percent increase on the streaming service right after the game.
2. June 16: Iceland Brings History 'Home' With the Country’s First World Cup Appearance
Iceland played in the World Cup for the first time ever this year and scored against Argentina in a 1-1 tying game. Goalkeeper Hannes Þór Halldórsson's save against Argentina’s Lionel Messi had Iceland roaring “Eg er kominn heim” (“I’ve Come Home”), which is Iceland’s favorite football song.
3. June 18: Mexico Sings Sweetly After Germany Defeat
Mexico scored against Germany in a 1-0 defeat, which had fans flooding to Spotify to listen to “Cielito Lindo” (“Lovely Sweet One”). The popular folk song doubles as Mexico’s unofficial football anthem.
4. June 26: Messi & Rojo Score for Argentina on the Field & 'At the Club'
Argentina defeated Nigeria 2-1 after tying Iceland with two terrific goals from Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo. To celebrate, football fans turned up El Pepo’s “Hoy Acá en el Baile” (“Here Today at the Club”). The song spiked by approximately 114 percent on Spotify.
5. June 28: Mexico Celebrates South Korea's Win Over Germany in 'Style'
South Korea beating Germany 2-0 in a surprise victory kept Mexico in the World Cup. Mexico football fans praised South Korea for their good fortune with “Gangnam Style” by PSY, the international hit with more than 3 billion YouTube views.
6. July 3: England Comes Home With Celebratory Penalty-Kick Win Over Colombia
The match between England and Colombia trickled into PKs with an eventual British win. Football fans turned to the one song appropriate for the occasion -- the 1996 football anthem “Three Lions” by The Lightning Seeds -- and streamed the classic more than 450,000 times.
7. July 3: Sweden Plays a Nostalgic Hit for the Country’s First Quarterfinal in 24 Years
Sweden made it to the World Cup quarterfinal for its first time since 1994. The wave of nostalgia that hit fans led them to listen to the Swedish classic from that year “När vi gräver guld i USA” (“When We Dig for Gold in the USA”).
8. July 6: Belgium Are the 'Champions' After Match Win Over Brazil
After upsetting Brazilian soccer fans with a 2-1 match, Belgium celebrated with a traditional victory anthem “We Are the Champions” by Queen. Belgian streams of the song increased by approximately 289 percent after the game.
9. July 10: France 'Survives' Match Against Belgium
Eventual World Cup champion France celebrated its 1-0 semifinal win over Belgium with Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 disco anthem “I Will Survive.” French football fans increased streaming of the resilient song by more than 800 percent after their country’s win.
10. July 15: 'I Will Survive' and 'La Marseillaise' are France's Power Anthems for Winning World Cup Finals
In a 4-2 defeat of Croatia, France took their "I Will Survive" streaming game up a notch to celebrate their overall World Cup win. Gaynor's hit went from having increased streaming of over 800 percent to approximately 2066 percent, while France's national anthem "La Marseillaise" increased streaming by 991 percent.