The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” has become one of the most successful songs in Billboard Hot 100 and Spotify history, as well as the singer’s biggest worldwide hit. The song surpassed another big milestone this week, becoming just the fourth song to cross 2 billion Spotify streams in record time, according to Chart Data.
“Blinding Lights,” the second single from After Hours, was released in November of 2019 and has amassed over 2 billion views in just under 15 months. The upbeat synth-wave track now joins Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” (2.724 billion streams), Post Malone and 21 Savage’s “Rockstar” (2.124 billion), and Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” in an exclusive club (2.101 billion). It is also showing no signs of slowing down, with another 3.535 million global Spotify streams on Tuesday, putting it at No. 3 on the global list.
“Blinding Lights” debuted at No. 11 on the Hot 100 in December 2019, dethroning Roddy Ricch’s viral streaming sensation “The Box,” and climbed to No. 1 in April following the release of After Hours, dethroning Roddy Ricch’s viral streaming sensation “The Box.” It has kept a tight grip on the Hot 100’s upper reaches since then, spending the most weeks in the Top 5 (41) and Top 10 (10). (10). (fifty) It’s still at No. 4 this week, extending both records.
Following his appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this month, The Weeknd’s discography saw a significant increase in sales and streaming. In the week following the game, “Blinding Lights” jumped from No. 8 to No. 3 on the Hot 100, and it went from 829,000 U.S. streams on Super Bowl Sunday to 1.404 million the next day.
The Weeknd has four tracks on Spotify’s Top 100, all of which were previously No. 1 hits on the Hot 100. The Daft Punk collaboration “Starboy,” which has 1.518 billion views, is his second-biggest streaming success. “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face,” two singles from 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness, are at Nos. 75 and 91, respectively, with 1.157 billion and 1.112 billion streams.
Owing to its unrivalled longevity, “Blinding Lights” would probably quickly overtake “Dance Monkey” and “Rockstar” on the all-time Spotify list. If it keeps racking up streams at this pace, it could eventually overtake “Shape of You” as the most popular song on the site.