Spotify reveals world's most popular working from home songs


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Spotify data has revealed the world’s most popular working from home tracks, as workers hunker down during the coronavirus lockdown.

Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work from Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)’ topped the list, followed by The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ and Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’.

The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ and The Police’s ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ came in fourth and fifth, while Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’ scooped sixth place.

In seventh position came Harry Styles’ ‘Adore You’, followed by Britney Spears’ timeless ‘Toxic’.

MC Hammer’s ‘U Can’t Touch This’ and Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ rounded out the list.

Beyond the top ten, listeners were enjoying classic motivational tracks and songs particularly suited to current events - such as Destiny Child’s ‘Survivor’, The Bee Gees’ ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and Queen’s ‘I Want to Break Free’.

Comparison platform Business Comparison collated the list of top songs by identifying 393 Spotify playlists with titles referring to working from home and selecting the most frequently occurring songs on them.

The company also collated a list of top artists, which was topped by Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach, closely followed by Taylor Swift and Fleetwood Mac.

Cathy Acratopulo, managing director and co-founder of HR consultancy firm LACE Partners, said music can be an important part of how employees enhance their working from home experience.

“At LACE when we began remote working at the beginning of the current crisis we wanted to use music as a collaborative exercise to keep our people engaged.

“We created a collective Spotify ‘lockdown’ playlist and have subsequently followed up by developing our own internal ‘LACE radio’, which is edited and produced in house and distributed to the team, including song requests.

“But we’ve also looked at keeping morale positive by undertaking a variety of other activities including regular daily challenges from our CSR team, regular one-to-one check-ins, collective ‘pub quiz’ online games and events, as well as a Friday ‘virtual Prosecco hour’, which is a continuation of what we do with our people on a Friday when we’re normally in the office together.”

Pretty Little Thing, Universal and Time Out London were among the top brands putting together working from home playlists.

The research comes as 60% of Brits find themselves working from home, according to research by comparison platform Finder.

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