Iron Maiden's popularity on Spotify

WildRanger

Invader
When it comes to Spotify Iron Maiden have only 4,138 000 monthly listeners today.
It's quite surprising to me, because they are a band with a huge following globally and I really expected to see their bigger popularity on Spotify.

Top 10 most streamed Maiden tunes on Spotify:
1. Run to the Hills - over 111 million
2. Fear of the Dark - 98.5 million
3. The Trooper - nearly 98 million
4. The Number of the Beast - over 76 million
5. Hallowed be thy Name - 46.5 million
6. 2 Minutes to Midnight - nearly 39 million
7. Wasted Years - 36.5 million
8. Aces High - over 34 million
9. The Wicker Man - 20 million
10. Wasting Love - over 12 million

Monthly listeners of other famous classic metal acts:
Black Sabbath - 5.5 million
Metallica - 11.7 million
Ozzy - 4.2 million
Judas Priest - 2.4 million
Megadeth - 2.1 million
Pantera - 2.6 million
Slayer - 1.5 million
Motorhead - 2.6 million

What's your thoughts on this?
 

Perun

Stepping out bravely
Staff member
I can only speak for myself, but I use Spotify a lot, but never listen to Maiden with it, because of the superior sound quality of my regular MP3s. Same goes for a lot of other bands actually, I mostly use Spotify for when I'm on my netbook or for artists I recently discovered, because I don't have a hi fi system currently and it's pointless to buy CDs this way.
 

RLonger

Trooper
Me too, I hardly ever listen to Maiden using Spotify. But I think - the statistics seem to be good, not impressive, but just good for them. IM is the band for metalheads - Metallica, is considered as mega stars of rock and popular music more than "just a metal band". Most of their audiences are the "normal people". Is it kind of demise for Maiden? I don't know - maybe a little. :) And the another thing - Maiden isn'yt the radio-friendly hitmakers as Metallica or Black Sabbath (Paranoid, Changes). Is just heavy metal band with epic and proggy inclinations.
 

Zare

Automaton Sovietico
Iron Maiden as popular as Ozzy on the global general population music stream. I think that's very well.
 

Sth2112

Nomad
Over 4 millions ain’t bad, it looks like the most popular streaming bands are the same as most popular metal bands overall.

However, I’m very surprised Motörhead have 2,6 million montly listeners, more than even Judas priest! Motörhead have never sold many albums either
 

KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
Top 10 most streamed Maiden tunes on Spotify:
1. Run to the Hills - over 111 million
2. Fear of the Dark - 98.5 million
3. The Trooper - nearly 98 million
4. The Number of the Beast - over 76 million
5. Hallowed be thy Name - 46.5 million
6. 2 Minutes to Midnight - nearly 39 million
7. Wasted Years - 36.5 million
8. Aces High - over 34 million
9. The Wicker Man - 20 million
10. Wasting Love - over 12 million
Actually, those are just the most popular songs right now, since there are few songs between Wicker Man and Wasting Love (Speed of Light, Blood Brothers, Afraid to Shoot Strangers) when it comes to total streams. I was very surpriesed to see Wasting Love there at all, because it's really not that popular among fans.
 

KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
I listened to Maiden on Spotify 350 hours last year, which I would have never accomplished with the CD's.
 

Mosh

The years just pass like trains
Staff member
The missing statistic from this discussion (and I’m not sure if it’s even available) is playlists. A lot of people use Spotify for playlists, many of which are curated and followed by a large number of users. Kinda like radio. Just like Maiden were never much of a radio band, they might not be making as many playlist appearances as Motörhead with a song like Ace of Spades. I’m going to guess Wasting Love is on some sort of power ballad playlist, which would explain its presence.
 

KidInTheDark666

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine too
The missing statistic from this discussion (and I’m not sure if it’s even available) is playlists. A lot of people use Spotify for playlists, many of which are curated and followed by a large number of users. Kinda like radio. Just like Maiden were never much of a radio band, they might not be making as many playlist appearances as Motörhead with a song like Ace of Spades. I’m going to guess Wasting Love is on some sort of power ballad playlist, which would explain its presence.
Yes, this is a crucial point indeed.
 

Meliegree

I don't care
When it comes to Spotify Iron Maiden have only 4,138 000 monthly listeners today.
I know dozens of musicians that would kill for only >4 000 000 listeners monthly ;)

I guess that we should also check other channels like iTunes or Youtube, but these numbers seem ok. Maiden never was a mainstream band (well, maybe their merchandise is well known in mainstream but music is not) so I'm not surprised. And as far as any fan should be concerned - it's about quality, not quantity. I would take Maiden fanbase over any other fanbase out there. :)
 
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