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20 Most Uniquely American Songs Trending on Spotify Right Now

We like American music: Using data to find the sound of the States

Fall Out Boy's "Centuries" is a uniquely American song, according to Spotify data

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Spotify recently made playlists available that showcase "the Distinctive Music of 51 Countries," digging into their listener data to discover "music that each of these countries listens to disproportionately to the others." While artists like Iggy Azalea, Maroon5, One Direction and Ariana Grande are famous the world over, it's probably no shock that Iceland is jamming GusGus a little more than most places, Germany is partial to techno-pop like Zhu and Kiesza, and Ecuador stays loving Quito power-pop heroes Verde 70.

With this in mind, we decided to find out what's popping in the United States, statistically, harder than anywhere else. This means: Lots of country music, lots of hip-hop, lots of neo-folk and one sitcom star whose lyrics are driven by American pop culture. 

We pored over the playlist and then went a step further, lopping off the non-American artists, distilling the results to the music actually being made in the States — in essence, the most uniquely American songs of right now.

Jeremih, unique to America on Spotify

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Jeremih feat. YG, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”

How smooth is Jeremih? He can rhyme "Rhythm is a dancer" (the title of a turn-of-the-Nineties hit from German dance act Snap!) with "I need a companion" and still have us wanting to get naked before the chorus. Though he might not be so seductive without the assistance DJ Mustard, who lends one of his seemingly infinite supply of artfully wandering synth hooks.

Sam Hunt, unique to America on Spotify

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Nashville based country singer, Sam Hunt, sits for a portrait in New York, NY on October 29th, 2014. Mr. Hunt's new album, Montevallo, is out now. (Photo by Jesse Dittmar for The Washington Post via Getty Images.)

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Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On”

Hunt — raised in Cederton, Georgia — contrasts a sleepy little town, where nothing supposedly happens after dark, with California, where it's still early at midnight. But who needs big city nightlife when you and your Levi-clad honey are breathing too heavy to notice the time until 2:22 a.m. — which is just when you're catching your second wind. Ain't that America?

Rich Gang, unique to America on Spotify

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Rich Gang, “Lifestyle”

Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan may be two of the game's most idiosyncratic MCs, but they share an unsettled vocal quality that makes them a perfect tag-team. Here, their vexed and histrionic deliveries contrast sharply with the glassy neo-G-funk that London on da Track rolls out underneath, exemplifying the anxiety of affluence that's certainly a first world problem.

Childish Gambino, unique to America on Spotify

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Childish Gambino, “3005”

Donald Glover has made a career out of a distinctively American obsession with pop culture minutia. Two careers actually: First as Troy on the almost-baroquely self-conscious and self-referential cult sitcom Community, now as webspeak rapper Childish Gambino. His MC handle was picked up from Wu-Tang name generator, whose biggest album is, of course, called Because the Internet.

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