Revealed: The Most Popular Office Music

As we start returning to the office, we wanted to know: what are the most popular songs to play at work? We’ve found the answer on Spotify. Keep reading to learn more.

woman listening to music in office

Finding the appropriate atmosphere in the office is important, and that’s where choosing the right office playlist comes in. You need a good balance between being relaxed enough to feel comfortable, yet up-beat enough to feel motivated.

We wanted to know: what are the most popular songs on our office playlists? By analysing 100 Spotify playlists with ‘office’ or ‘work’ in the title, we can reveal the top 10 songs, albums and artists that feature the most.

Each list has a bit of everything: from modern upbeat office music to those timeless classics. Find some inspiration for your own office music, or compare your top choices with the nation’s. Here’s what we found.

The Top 10 Most-Played Office Songs

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The top 10 songs to feature across the Spotify office music playlists analysed were:

  1. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
  2. 9-5 – Dolly Parton
  3. Home – SEVENTEEN
  4. Señorita – Justin Timberlake
  5. The Middle – Zedd
  6. Heaven – Bryan Adams
  7. Stay – Zedd
  8. Diamonds – Rihanna
  9. Kiss You – One Direction
  10. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

A somewhat surprising entry at the top with Crazy by Gnarls Barkley – the song was released back in 2009 but clearly remains popular. It sits alongside huge pop hits like Señorita by Justin Timberlake and Shake it off by Taylor Swift. With Heaven by Bryan Adams at number 6, it is clear that offices far and wide enjoy mixing the old with the new.

The Most Popular Office Albums

Next up, we have the top 10 albums to be played in the workplace:

  1. Celebration – Madonna
  2. Best Of – Vanessa Carlton
  3. Doo-Wops and Hooligans – Bruno Mars
  4. Purpose – Justin Bieber
  5. Crash my Party – Luke Bryan
  6. Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
  7. ÷ – Ed Sheeran
  8. Justice – Justin Bieber
  9. Justified – Justin Timberlake
  10. Starboy – The Weekend

Madonna tops the charts when it comes to the most popular office albums, and with good reason. This definitely has a Friday afternoon, promotion or ‘someone’s brought doughnuts in’, feel to it. There’s a real mix here, from pop and up-beat music to more relaxed melodies.

Top 10 Artists

Finally, we can reveal the top 10 artists streamed in the workplace:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Bruno Mars
  5. Luke Bryan
  6. Carrie Underwood
  7. Shawn Mendes
  8. Maroon 5
  9. The Weekend
  10. Justin Timberlake

The country singer turned pop icon, Taylor Swift – who also featured in 10th place in the top 10 office songs – is the most-loved artist overall for office playlists. She is followed by Ed Sheeran in 2nd place and Justin Bieber in 3rd, proving just how popular pop music really is.

The Results

So, there we have it, we’ve revealed the most popular office music. Do your tastes match up?

Ben Lloyd, Managing Director of Pure Property Finance, says:

“We find finance for many businesses and property investors buying offices, and we often wonder what happens within them once the people move in. Speaking to one client recently and hearing a favourite song playing in the background led us to chat about music and ponder whether we thought the Pure Property Finance musical tastes matched those of other office workers around the world. Turns out, we have similar songs featured in ours, so we must be pretty on trend!”

Want more music inspiration? We have created the ultimate office playlist, featuring the 50 most played office songs out there. You can listen to it here.

Article By Ben Lloyd

May 27th, 2021

Ben is the Director and Co-Founder of the Pure Group and Managing Director of Pure Property Finance.

Following a career in Barclays, where Ben was in the real estate finance team for 8 years, he decided that the market needed a more forward-thinking type of commercial brokerage so founded Pure Commercial Finance (now Pure Property Finance), the first company within the Pure Group.

Ben has extensive experience across the real estate sector and has participated in over £2bn of real estate transactions during the course of his career.

Ben oversees the general strategy at Pure Group and works with the senior leadership team to drive the Group forward. Ben is also on the Executive Committee of FIBA.

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