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Which Countries Value the Same Things?

Our culture can have significant impacts on our belief systems and our values.

In fact, research has shown that our cultural influences can rewire our brains, which can impact our visual perceptions and how we view the world around us.

Because of this, where we’re from can greatly influence what we prioritize in life. This graphic by Anders Sundell illustrates the primary values of 94 different countries, and highlights which places share similar values.

Methodology

Sundell used data from the World Values Survey, an international survey that interviews hundreds of thousands of participants from across the globe.

For the purposes of this graphic, Sundell focused on one specific section of the survey that asked respondents to rate various aspects of their life on a scale of one (very important) to four (not important at all). Six aspects were included: family, friends, leisure time, politics, work, and religion.

From there, Sundell calculated the median score for each country and identified their primary value, then grouped them based on their similarities. On this netgraph, each country is connected to three other countries that share the most similar values.

Generally speaking, countries that prioritize friends and leisure are concentrated on the far left of the graphic, whereas countries that value religion and work fall more to the right.

Each Country’s Primary Values

Interestingly, family came first for all 94 countries—except Indonesia, where religion was considered most important.

Because of this, Sundell identified each country’s primary value besides family, which was much more diverse across the board:

Abbr.CountryContinentPrimary Value (Exc. Family)
AL🇦🇱 AlbaniaEuropeWork
AD🇦🇩 AndorraEuropeLeisure
AR🇦🇷 ArgentinaSouth AmericaWork
AM🇦🇲 ArmeniaAsiaWork
AU🇦🇺 AustraliaOceaniaFriends
AT🇦🇹 AustriaEuropeFriends
AZ🇦🇿 AzerbaijanAsiaWork
BD🇧🇩 BangladeshAsiaReligion
BY🇧🇾 BelarusEuropeWork
BO🇧🇴 BoliviaSouth AmericaWork
BA🇧🇦 Bosnia and HerzegovinaEuropeWork
BR🇧🇷 BrazilSouth AmericaWork
BG🇧🇬 BulgariaEuropeWork
CA🇨🇦 CanadaNorth AmericaLeisure
CL🇨🇱 ChileSouth AmericaLeisure
CN🇨🇳 ChinaAsiaWork
CO🇨🇴 ColombiaSouth AmericaWork
HR🇭🇷 CroatiaEuropeWork
CY🇨🇾 CyprusEuropeFriends
CZ🇨🇿 Czech RepublicEuropeFriends
DK🇩🇰 DenmarkEuropeFriends
EC🇪🇨 EcuadorSouth AmericaWork
EG🇪🇬 EgyptAfricaReligion
EE🇪🇪 EstoniaEuropeFriends
ET🇪🇹 EthiopiaAfricaReligion
FI🇫🇮 FinlandEuropeLeisure
FR🇫🇷 FranceEuropeWork
GE🇬🇪 GeorgiaAsiaWork
DE🇩🇪 GermanyEuropeFriends
GH🇬🇭 GhanaAfricaWork
GR🇬🇷 GreeceEuropeWork
GT🇬🇹 GuatemalaNorth AmericaWork
HT🇭🇹 HaitiNorth AmericaWork
HK🇭🇰 Hong KongAsiaFriends
HU🇭🇺 HungaryEuropeFriends
IS🇮🇸 IcelandEuropeFriends
IN🇮🇳 IndiaAsiaWork
ID🇮🇩 IndonesiaAsiaReligion
IR🇮🇷 IranAsiaWork
IQ🇮🇶 IraqAsiaReligion
IT🇮🇹 ItalyEuropeWork
JP🇯🇵 JapanAsiaLeisure
JO🇯🇴 JordanAsiaReligion
KZ🇰🇿 KazakhstanAsiaWork
KW🇰🇼 KuwaitAsiaReligion
KG🇰🇬 KyrgyzstanAsiaFriends
LB🇱🇧 LebanonAsiaWork
LY🇱🇾 LibyaAfricaReligion
LT🇱🇹 LithuaniaEuropeWork
MO🇲🇴 MacaoAsiaFriends
MY🇲🇾 MalaysiaAsiaReligion
MX🇲🇽 MexicoNorth AmericaWork
ME🇲🇪 MontenegroEuropeWork
MA🇲🇦 MoroccoAfricaReligion
MM🇲🇲 MyanmarAsiaReligion
NL🇳🇱 NetherlandsEuropeFriends
NZ🇳🇿 New ZealandOceaniaFriends
NI🇳🇮 NicaraguaNorth AmericaWork
NG🇳🇬 NigeriaAfricaReligion
MK🇲🇰 North MacedoniaEuropeWork
NO🇳🇴 NorwayEuropeFriends
PK🇵🇰 PakistanEuropeReligion
PE🇵🇪 PeruSouth AmericaWork
PH🇵🇭 PhilippinesAsiaWork
PL🇵🇱 PolandEuropeWork
PT🇵🇹 PortugalEuropeWork
PR🇵🇷 Puerto RicoNorth AmericaWork
QA🇶🇦 QatarAsiaReligion
RO🇷🇴 RomaniaEuropeWork
RU🇷🇺 RussiaAsiaFriends
RW🇷🇼 RwandaAfricaFriends
RS🇷🇸 SerbiaEuropeFriends
SG🇸🇬 SingaporeAsiaFriends
SK🇸🇰 SlovakiaEuropeWork
SI🇸🇮 SloveniaEuropeWork
ZA🇿🇦 South AfricaAfricaWork
KR🇰🇷 South KoreaAsiaFriends
ES🇪🇸 SpainEuropeWork
SE🇸🇪 SwedenEuropeFriends
CH🇨🇭 SwitzerlandEuropeFriends
TW🇹🇼 TaiwanAsiaWork
TJ🇹🇯 TajikistanAsiaReligion
TH🇹🇭 ThailandAsiaWork
TT🇹🇹 Trinidad and TobagoSouth AmericaReligion
TN🇹🇳 TunisiaAfricaReligion
TR🇹🇷 TurkeyAsiaFriends
UA🇺🇦 UkraineEuropeWork
GB🇬🇧 United KingdomEuropeFriends
US🇺🇸 United StatesNorth AmericaFriends
UY🇺🇾 UruguaySouth AmericaWork
UZ🇺🇿 UzbekistanAsiaWork
VN🇻🇳 VietnamAsiaWork
YE🇾🇪 YemenAsiaReligion
ZW🇿🇼 ZimbabweAfricaWork

After family, work was the most valued, with 46 different countries identifying it as their second-highest priority. Friends came second, followed by religion, and then lastly, leisure.

Work

Almost half of the countries on the list perceive work as the most important aspect of their lives, apart from family.

South American countries, in particular, put an emphasis on work, with seven of nine South American countries valuing work over friends and politics. The only outliers on the continent were Chile (leisure), and Trinidad and Tobago (religion).

Friends

Friends were identified as a top priority in 25 of the 94 countries on the list. Europe in particular valued friendship, especially in Norway and Sweden.

While these Nordic countries prioritize their existing friendships, research shows that they aren’t generally keen on making new ones. A global survey found that expats in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark found it extremely difficult to make new friends.

Religion

18 of the 94 countries ranked religion as a top value.

These countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, are predominantly Islamic except for a few. For instance, in Trinidad and Tobago, the largest religious group is Christianity.

Leisure

Only five countries on the list ranked leisure as a top priority—Japan, Canada, Andorra, Chile, and Finland. Finland takes leisure seriously. Its capital, Helsinki, was recognized as the number one city in the world for work-life balance. And Canada’s capital, Ottawa, ranked sixth on the ranking.

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Every Song With Over 1 Billion Spotify Streams

Spotify’s ‘Billions Club’ playlist tracks every song with over 1 billion streams. We took the data and broke it down by decade and artist.

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Every Song With Over 1 Billion Spotify Streams

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Spotify has a relatively short history, launching in Europe in 2008, and eventually moving into the U.S. market in 2011. Since then, the Stockholm-based company has become the world’s most popular audio streaming service with 456 million users across 183 markets.

With such a large userbase, major artists on Spotify have seen their biggest hits accumulate millions, if not billions of streams. So, in July 2021, Spotify created the Billions Club, a playlist comprising every song to reach the 1 billion milestone.

We at Visual Capitalist saw this as an opportunity to create a unique data visualization, so we compiled the entire playlist and arranged it by decade and artist.

The Top 10 Artists

Below are the top 10 artists, ranked by their number of songs with over 1 billion streams. The list actually includes 11 artists because Shawn Mendes, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay are tied with 5 songs in the Billions Club.

RankArtistArtist's Monthly ListensSongs With 1 Billion+ Streams
1Ed Sheeran76M11
2Post Malone51M9
2The Weeknd79M9
4XXXTENTACION34M8
5Ariana Grande56M7
5Maroon 550M7
7Drake68M6
7Eminem59M6
9Shawn Mendes43M5
9Bruno Mars51M5
9Coldplay59M5

Sorting this list in different ways can reveal some interesting takeaways.

By Gender

For starters, Ariana Grande is the only female artist present in the top 10. Her best performing song on Spotify is 7 rings, which was included in her fifth studio album thank u, next. The track has accumulated 1.8 billion streams since February 8, 2019.

Female superstars who narrowly missed the top 10 list include Adele, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, and Olivia Rodrigo, who all have four songs in the Billions Club.

Most of these artists are relatively new, so it’s reasonable to assume that they’ll be breaking into the top 10 soon. Olivia Rodrigo, for example, just released her debut album SOUR in 2021.

By Artist Tenure

Which top 10 artist has been around the longest?

We measure tenure in this context as the time that has elapsed since the artist’s debut album. In this case, the crown goes to Eminem, who released Infinite in November 1996.

The 11-track album was released on cassette and vinyl, and according to the Eminem Fandom wiki, only sold around 1,000 copies. The title track, Infinite, is the only song from the album that is available on Spotify, and it currently has 33 million plays.

The Full List

The Billions Club contains over 300 songs, with the majority being released in the 2010s. This is largely due to the fact that Spotify launched at the start of that decade.

Below is the data we used to create this infographic, which can be sorted by track name, artist, play count, track length, or release date.

Track NameArtistPlay count (billions)Track length (secs)Release date
Mood24kGoldn1.61402021
Youngblood5 Seconds of Summer1.52032018
Take on Mea-ha1.22251985
Highway to HellAC/DC1.12081979
Back In BlackAC/DC1.12551980
ThunderstruckAC/DC12921990
Someone Like YouAdele1.42852011
HelloAdele1.32952015
Rolling in the DeepAdele1.22282011
Easy On MeAdele1.12242021
FadedAlan Walker1.62122015
Let Me Down SlowlyAlec Benjamin1.11692018
Scars To Your BeautifulAlessia Cara1.12302015
2002Anne-Marie1.21862018
ChinaAnuel AA13012019
Do I Wanna Know?Arctic Monkeys1.52722013
7 ringsAriana Grande1.81782019
thank u, nextAriana Grande1.62072019
Side To SideAriana Grande1.22262016
no tears left to cryAriana Grande1.22062018
Into YouAriana Grande1.12442016
positionsAriana Grande1.11722020
One Last TimeAriana Grande11972014
ROXANNEArizona Zervas1.31632019
Sweet but PsychoAva Max1.41872020
Wake Me UpAvicii1.72472013
The NightsAvicii1.21762014
Waiting For LoveAvicii12302015
More Than You KnowAxwell /\ Ingrosso1.12032017
I Want It That WayBackstreet Boys12131999
DÁKITIBad Bunny1.52052020
CallaitaBad Bunny1.22502019
MIABad Bunny1.12102018
YonaguniBad Bunny12062021
PompeiiBastille1.22142013
Meant to BeBebe Rexha1.21632017
Eastsidebenny blanco1.41732018
HaloBeyoncé1.22612008
bad guyBillie Eilish2.21942019
lovelyBillie Eilish22002018
when the party's overBillie Eilish1.41962019
everything i wantedBillie Eilish1.22452019
hot girl bummerblackbear1.11882020
Livin' On A PrayerBon Jonvi1.12491986
That's What I LikeBruno Mars1.52062016
Just the Way You AreBruno Mars1.42202010
When I Was Your ManBruno Mars1.32142012
Locked out of HeavenBruno Mars1.22332012
24K MagicBruno Mars1.22252016
DynamiteBTS1.51992020
ButterBTS11642021
One KissCalvin Harris1.62142018
This Is What You Came ForCalvin Harris1.42222016
SummerCalvin Harris1.12222014
HavanaCamila Cabello1.82172018
I Like ItCardi B1.42532018
WAPCardi B1.11872020
We Don't Talk AnymoreCharlie Puth1.42172016
AttentionCharlie Puth1.42092018
RedboneChildish Gambino1.23262016
A Thousand YearsChristina Perri1.22852011
RockabyeClean Bandit1.32512016
SymphonyClean Bandit1.22122017
Rather BeClean Bandit1.12272014
YellowColdplay1.42662000
The ScientistColdplay1.43092002
Viva La VidaColdplay1.22422008
Fix YouColdplay1.12952005
Hymn for the WeekendColdplay12582015
HeatherConan Gray11982020
Gangsta's ParadiseCoolio1.12401995
ROCKSTARDaBaby1.51812020
Con CalmaDaddy Yankee1.11932019
Me RehúsoDanny Ocean1.32052016
TitaniumDavid Guetta1.22452011
Be AlrightDean Lewis1.41962018
Sorry Not SorryDemi Lovato12032017
PandaDesiigner1.12462016
I'm the OneDJ Khaled1.12882017
Let Me Love YouDJ Snake1.72052016
Taki TakiDJ Snake1.32132018
Cake By The OceanDNCE1.32192016
Kiss Me MoreDoja Cat1.42082021
WomanDoja Cat1.11722021
Say SoDoja Cat12372019
Danza KuduroDon Omar11982010
Still D.R.E.Dr Dre12701999
One DanceDrake2.51742016
God's PlanDrake2.11982018
In My FeelingsDrake1.32172018
Hotline BlingDrake1.12672016
PassionfruitDrake1.12982017
Nice For WhatDrake1.12102018
Don't Start NowDua Lipa2.11832020
New RulesDua Lipa1.82092017
LevitatingDua Lipa1.62032020
IDGAFDua Lipa1.32172017
In My MindDynoro1.21842018
Hotel California (2013 Remaster)Eagles1.23911976
SeptemberEarth, Wind & Fire1.12151978
Shape of YouEd Sheeran3.32332017
PerfectEd Sheeran2.22632017
Thinking out LoudEd Sheeran2.12812014
PhotographEd Sheeran22592014
I Don't CareEd Sheeran1.62192019
Bad HabitsEd Sheeran1.32302021
Beautiful PeopleEd Sheeran1.21972019
Galway GirlEd Sheeran1.11702017
HappierEd Sheeran1.12072017
Castle on the HillEd Sheeran1.12612017
ShiversEd Sheeran12072021
Love Me Like You DoEllie Goulding1.32522015
Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)Elton John1.22022021
Lose YourselfEminem1.63262005
Till I CollapseEminem1.52972002
Without MeEminem1.32902002
The Real Slim ShadyEminem1.12842000
Love The Way You LieEminem1.12632010
GodzillaEminem12102020
PepasFarruko1.12872021
Work from HomeFifth Harmony1.32142016
DreamsFleetwood Mac1.12571977
Pumped Up KicksFoster The People1.32402011
UnforgettableFrench Montana1.62332017
Mask OffFuture1.32042017
Life Is GoodFuture12372020
Me, Myself & IG-Eazy1.12512015
Heat WavesGlass Animals2.12382020
i hate u, i love ugnash1.22512016
Somebody That I Used To KnowGotye1.32442011
StarvingHailee Steinfeld1.11812016
Without MeHalsey1.62022018
Watermelon SugarHarry Styles21742019
As It WasHarry Styles1.51672022
Adore YouHarry Styles1.22072019
Sign of the TimesHarry Styles1.13402017
Take Me to ChurchHozier1.92412014
BelieverImagine Dragons2.32042017
ThunderImagine Dragons1.81872017
DemonsImagine Dragons1.61752012
RadioactiveImagine Dragons1.41862012
LemonadeInternet Money1.11952020
Mi GenteJ Balvin1.31892017
LA CANCIÓNJ Balvin1.22422019
No Role ModelzJ. Cole1.42922014
Say You Won't Let GoJames Arthur2.22112016
Let It GoJames Bay12602014
I'm YoursJason Mraz1.52432008
Ni**as in ParisJAY-Z12192011
Bang BangJessie J1.11992014
All of MeJohn Legend1.92692013
SuckerJonas Brothers1.21812019
Don't Stop Believin'Journey1.42501981
Lucid DreamsJuice WRLD2.12392018
All Girls Are The SameJuice WRLD1.11652018
RobberyJuice WRLD1.12402019
IssuesJulia Michaels1.11762017
Love YourselfJustin Bieber1.92332015
SorryJustin Bieber1.72002015
What Do You Mean?Justin Bieber1.42052015
PeachesJustin Bieber1.31982021
CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!Justin Timberlake1.42372016
StrongerKanye West1.13122007
TusaKAROL G1.32002019
Dark HorseKaty Perry12152013
HUMBLE.Kendrick Lamar1.71772017
All The StarsKendrick Lamar1.12322018
Young Dumb & BrokeKhalid1.22022017
LocationKhalid1.22172017
BetterKhalid1.12292018
Sex on FireKings of Leon12032008
It Ain't MeKygo1.22202017
ShallowLady Gaga1.92152018
I Like Me BetterLauv1.51972018
Someone You LovedLewis Capaldi2.51822019
Before You GoLewis Capaldi1.42152019
Drip Too HardLil Baby1.11452018
Blueberry FaygoLil Mosey1.11622020
MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)Lil Nas X1.61372021
INDUSTRY BABYLil Nas X1.62122021
Old Town Road - RemixLil Nas X1.41572019
RansomLil Tecca1.11312019
XO Tour Llif3Lil Uzi Vert1.81822017
In the EndLinkin Park1.42162000
NumbLinkin Park1.11852003
1-800-273-8255Logic1.22502017
The Night We MetLord Huron1.12082015
Despacito - RemixLuis Fonsi1.62282017
DespacitoLuis Fonsi1.52292019
7 YearsLukas Graham1.52372016
Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd12831974
Can't Hold UsMacklemore & Ryan Lewis1.72582012
RudeMAGIC!1.12242014
Lean OnMajor Lazer1.71762015
Cold WaterMajor Lazer1.31852016
Light It UpMajor Lazer1.12862015
HawáiMaluma12002020
Beggin'Maneskin1.22112017
All I Want for Christmas Is YouMariah Carey1.22411994
Uptown FunkMark Ronson1.62692015
MemoriesMaroon 51.61892021
SugarMaroon 51.52352014
Girls Like YouMaroon 51.52352018
PayphoneMaroon 51.22312021
She Will Be LovedMaroon 51.12572002
MapsMaroon 51.11892014
What Lovers DoMaroon 51.11992018
HappierMarshmello1.82142018
SilenceMarshmello1.31802017
FRIENDSMarshmello1.32022018
In the Name of LoveMartin Garrix1.21952016
Scared to Be LonelyMartin Garrix1.12202017
Astronaut In The OceanMasked Wolf11322021
Billie JeanMichael Jackson1.22941982
I Took A Pill in Ibiza - Seeb RemixMike Posner1.61972016
Party in the U.S.A.Miley Cyrus12022009
Stolen DanceMilky Chance1.13132014
ClassicMKTO11752012
Let You DownNF1.22122017
Te BotéNio Garcia14172018
Smells Like Teen SpiritNirvana1.53011991
WonderwallOasis1.52591995
Ric Flair DripOffset1.11722017
good 4 uOlivia Rodrigo1.71782021
drivers licenseOlivia Rodrigo1.62422021
traitorOlivia Rodrigo12292021
deja vuOlivia Rodrigo12152021
Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)OMI1.41802015
Counting StarsOneRepublic1.72572014
High HopesPanic! At The Disco1.31902018
Let Her GoPassenger1.72522012
Calma - RemixPedro Capó12382018
HappyPharell Williams1.12322014
TimberPitbull1.12042012
Feel It StillPortugal1.11632017
SunflowerPost Malone2.51582018
rockstarPost Malone2.52182018
CirclesPost Malone1.92152019
CongratulationsPost Malone1.62202016
Better NowPost Malone1.62312018
I Fall ApartPost Malone1.42232016
PsychoPost Malone1.42212018
WowPost Malone1.41492019
GoodbyesPost Malone11742019
death bed (coffee for your head)Powfu1.31732020
Bohemian RhapsodyQueen23542018
Don't Stop Me NowQueen1.42091978
Another One Bites The DustQueen1.42141980
Under PressureQueen1.22451982
CreepRadiohead12381993
Todo De TiRauw Alejandro11992021
Under the BridgeRed Hot Chili Peppers12641991
CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers13291999
Ride ItRegard1.11572019
Work from HomeRihanna1.22192016
Needed MeRihanna1.11912016
SugarRobin Schulz12192015
The BoxRoddy Ricch1.51962019
Roses (Imanbek Remix)SAINt JHN1.71762019
Stay With MeSam Smith1.61722014
Too Good At GoodbyesSam Smith1.62012017
I'm Not The Only OneSam Smith1.42392014
Dancing With A StrangerSam Smith1.11712019
WolvesSelena Gomez1.21972017
Hips Don't LieShakira1.12182005
SeñoritaShawn Mendes2.31902019
Treat You BetterShawn Mendes1.61872017
StitchesShawn Mendes1.52062015
There's Nothing Holdin' Me BackShawn Mendes1.51992017
MercyShawn Mendes1.12082017
Cheap ThrillsSia1.52112016
ChandelierSia1.42162015
Young, Wild & FreeSnoop Dogg1.12072011
Chasing CarsSnow Patrol12672006
The Less I Know The BetterTame Impala1.12162015
you broke me firstTate McRae11692020
CloserThe Chainsmokers2.42442016
Something Just Like ThisThe Chainsmokers22472017
Don't Let Me DownThe Chainsmokers1.62082016
ParisThe Chainsmokers12212017
IrisThe Goo Goo Dolls1.12891998
STAYThe Kid LAROI2.21412021
Mr. BrightsideThe Killers1.62222004
Sweater WeatherThe Neighbourhood1.82402013
Every Breath You TakeThe Police1.32531983
Hall of FameThe Script1.12022012
Blinding LightsThe Weeknd3.22002020
StarboyThe Weeknd22302016
The HillsThe Weeknd1.72422015
Can't Feel My FaceThe Weeknd1.42132015
I Feel It ComingThe Weeknd1.42692016
Earned ItThe Weeknd1.32772015
Save Your TearsThe Weeknd1.22152020
Call Out My NameThe Weeknd1.12282018
Die For YouThe Weeknd12602016
Seven Nation ArmyThe White Stripes1.22322003
Another LoveTom Odell1.22442013
Dance MonkeyTones And I2.72092019
AfricaTOTO1.32941982
Hey, Soul SisterTrain1.12162010
goosebumpsTravis Scott1.82432016
SICKO MODETravis Scott1.73122018
HIGHEST IN THE ROOMTravis Scott1.21752019
BUTTERFLY EFFECTTravis Scott11902018
FallingTrevor Daniel1.41592020
Stressed OutTwenty One Pilots1.82022015
RideTwenty One Pilots1.42142015
HeathensTwenty One Pilots1.41952016
TasteTyga1.22292019
RiptideVance Joy1.72042014
Shut Up and DanceWALK THE MOON1.21992014
See You AgainWiz Khalifa1.52292015
SAD!XXXTENTACION1.91662018
Everybody Dies In Their NightmaresXXXTENTACION1.81192017
Jocelyn FloresXXXTENTACION1.81192017
MoonlightXXXTENTACION1.51352018
Fuck LoveXXXTENTACION1.21462017
changesXXXTENTACION1.21212018
Look At Me!XXXTENTACION1.11262017
HopeXXXTENTACION11102018
Lush LifeZara Larsson1.12012017
I Don't Wanna Live ForeverZAYN1.32452017
Dusk Till DawnZAYN1.32392018
PILLOWTALKZAYN1.12022016
The MiddleZedd1.31842018
StayZedd1.12102017

Note: Our list includes two songs that have crossed one billion streams, but have not yet been added to the official playlist.

Please note that new songs are constantly being added to the Billions Club, so our list may not be up to date for very long. Both Rihanna and Taylor Swift will be joining the club any day now as Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z) and Blank Space tick up towards the one billion mark.

With songs on this playlist receiving over 446 billion streams so far, at least some of them are likely to be familiar to you. Some may even find their way into your annual feature called Spotify Wrapped, a personalized roundup sent to Spotify users covering your most listened to songs of the year.

One Final Note

With the holidays upon us, you’re going to be hearing a lot of Christmas music in the coming weeks, whether it’s at home, at the mall, or in a cafe.

Chances are, one of those songs will be Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You. Not only is this song a holiday staple, it’s also the only Christmas song with over 1 billion streams on Spotify.

Released in October 1994 with Carey’s first holiday album, Merry Christmas, the track continues to be a massive success. In 2021, it became the first and only Christmas song to receive Diamond certification by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

The design of this graphic is partially inspired by The Pudding’s fantastic piece, The Largest Vocabulary In Hip Hop.

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Countries with the Highest (and Lowest) Proportion of Immigrants

Here, we highlight countries that are magnets for immigration, such as UAE and Qatar, as well as nations with very few foreign born residents.

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Countries with the Highest Proportion of Immigrants

For people living in cosmopolitan urban centers, it’s easy to overestimate the prevalence of immigrants around the world.

The median proportion of foreign-born people in all countries is just over 5%. In countries with a population greater than one million, only four are majority foreign-born, and only eight surpass the one-third mark.

Here are the top 20 countries with the highest proportion of immigrants in their populations:

CountryImmigrants as a percentage of population
🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates88%
🇶🇦 Qatar77%
🇰🇼 Kuwait73%
🇧🇭 Bahrain55%
🇴🇲 Oman46%
🇸🇬 Singapore43%
🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia39%
🇯🇴 Jordan34%
🇦🇺 Australia30%
🇨🇭 Switzerland29%
🇳🇿 New Zealand29%
🇱🇧 Lebanon25%
🇮🇱 Israel23%
🇨🇦 Canada21%
🇰🇿 Kazakhstan20%
🇸🇪 Sweden20%
🇦🇹 Austria19%
🇩🇪 Germany19%
🇬🇦 Gabon19%
🇮🇪 Ireland18%

Source: UN via World Population Review. Note: Only countries with a population of greater than one million are included.

The United Arab Emirates comes out on top for the highest proportion of immigrants in its population. Impressively, the small Middle Eastern nation ranks sixth in the world for total immigrant population (8.7 million people).

Other countries on the Arabian Peninsula also rank at the top of this list. In Qatar, current host of the 2022 World Cup, 3-in-4 people are immigrants. The high proportion of foreign workers in the country also results in an extreme demographic skew—approximately 75% of the population of Qatar is male.

The one extreme outlier in the region is war-torn Yemen, where only 1.3% of the population are immigrants.

Outside the Middle East, Singapore (43%) takes top spot, followed by Australia (30%).

Spotlight on U.S. Immigration

Although the United States is outside the top 20, it still has by far the most immigrants of any other country (50 million vs. 16 million in second-place Germany).

About 15% of people in the U.S. are immigrants—numbers which are comparable to the historic high in the late 19th century. The proportion of foreign-born people in the country has been on the rise since the 1970s, and is projected to continue rising in coming decades. Around 2030, immigration is expected to surpass natural increases as a driver of population growth.

Countries with the Lowest Proportion of Immigrants

A few countries are magnets for immigration, while a great many more receive very little immigration. This can simply be due to lack of demand, or because of more extreme circumstances such as war or a failing economy. In other cases, immigration policies may limit the number of people who can migrate to a country.

Here are the top 20 countries with the lowest proportion of immigrants in their populations:

CountryImmigrants as a percentage of population
🇨🇺 Cuba0.03%
🇨🇳 China0.07%
🇻🇳 Vietnam0.08%
🇮🇩 Indonesia0.13%
🇲🇬 Madagascar0.13%
🇲🇲 Myanmar0.14%
🇭🇹 Haiti0.17%
🇰🇵 North Korea0.19%
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka0.19%
🇵🇭 Philippines0.21%
🇲🇦 Morocco0.28%
🇮🇳 India0.35%
🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea0.35%
🇦🇫 Afghanistan0.37%
🇸🇴 Somalia0.37%
🇪🇷 Eritrea0.39%
🇭🇳 Honduras0.40%
🇬🇹 Guatemala0.47%
🇰🇭 Cambodia0.47%
🇹🇳 Tunisia0.51%

Cuba has the lowest level of foreign-born people in its population. The Caribbean nation makes it very difficult for foreign nationals obtain permanent residency.

China comes in second last. In absolute terms, the million or so immigrants living in China may sound like a lot, but pales in comparison to the overall population of 1.4 billion.

Interestingly, Japan–which is the poster child for low immigration–isn’t on the list above. The country’s foreign-born population sits at just over 2%.

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