When we think of our favourite bands, we usually define them by their most popular songs. For good reason: A band’s most popular songs are the ones we’re most likely to hear, whether it’s live, on the radio, or by choice. But which are a band’s least popular songs? That’s a question that the Long Tail, a Spotify app developed by Alexandre Passant, hopes to answer.
Using Spotify data, Passant developed a web app that spits out playlists based on inverse popularity—or, it identifies which of a band’s songs are played the least. We used the Long Tail’s data to figure out which are the least-played songs from a list of iconic Canadian artists.
Of note: This list uses Spotify’s data; these aren’t our specific opinions. A band’s least popular songs, of course, can signify a few things: Sometimes, they’re a band’s newer songs. Other times, they’re from under-appreciated albums. For the sake of this exercise, we’ve disqualified any live tracks or album introductions—those are easy skip tracks. Here’s what we found—prepare for a few surprises!
Our Lady Peace
Broken Social Scene