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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.


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