With 280.5 million listens, Frozen “Let it Go” is Disney’s most streamed song
If you were neither the parent of young children nor a connoisseur of animated musicals in 2013, it’s hard to explain the cultural force that was Frozen’s signature ballad.
MSN reminds how “Let It Go” was the perpetual soundtrack of children’s play dates, car rides, and birthday parties. It stalked your days and haunted your dreams.
The fact is that six years after its release date, the Disney musical Frozen remains the most popular animated film of all time. The teaser trailer for the November sequel, Frozen II, has drawn more than 36 million views since appearing on YouTube last month. There’s no singing in it, but for many viewers the mere sight of Elsa, Anna, Kristof, and the gang is likely to trigger “Let It Go”-induced flashbacks.
MSN analyses the streams of Disney songs on Spotify finds that “Let It Go” does indeed stand alone, as distinct and indomitable as an ice castle on a hill. With 280.5 million listens, “Let It Go” is the most-streamed song from the modern Disney musical catalogue, an era that began with the 1989 release of The Little Mermaid.
“Let It Go” has been played 94.3 million more times than the second-most popular song, the ballad “How Far I’ll Go” from the 2016 film Moana, and 116.1 million more times than Moana’s “You’re Welcome,” sung by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Streaming isn’t an ideal metric of Disney popularity—megahits such as The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast had their heyday long before the dawn of Spotify, so the full reach of Hakuna Matata is probably not captured in the platform’s metrics. But the top-40 most-streamed Disney songs as of March 10, 2019 are a pretty good indicator of what Disney anthems have resonated most in the last decade or so.
In case you’d like to sing a long the tune….