Spotify reveals R. Kelly’s Ignition is the world’s most popular #TBT song of all time

In honour of the ninth anniversary of the original Throwback Thursday (#TBT), which is now a global weekly phenomenon, Spotify today reveals the world’s most popular #TBT songs of all time. R. Kelly’s Ignition takes the crown as the globe’s top #TBT track, followed by early 2000s party anthem Yeah! By Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris, and Crazy in Love by reigning hip hop couple Beyoncé and Jay Z. Shaggy and Ricardo Ducent’s It Wasn’t Me and Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl round out the list of the top five most popular tracks for throwing back.

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To identify the most popular #TBT music of all time, Spotify reviewed more than 80,000 playlists on the service which contained the words “Throwback Thursday” or “TBT” in their titles, and identified the songs that showed up the most frequently.

Repeat artists favoured across #TBT playlists worldwide include OutKast, 50 Cent and Justin Timberlake – all having multiple tracks within the top 30. Women lead the throwback music movement, creating 74% of #TBT playlists, with men creating 26%.

More information behind Spotify’s most popular #TBT music of all time can be found on Spotify Insights’ original blog post here.

Spotify’s Top Throwback Thursday Tracks
Below are the Spotify’s top 30 Throwback Thursday Tracks:
1. Ignition (Remix) – R.Kelly
2. Yeah! – Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
3. Crazy in Love – Beyoncé, JAY Z
4. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy, Ricardo Ducent
5. Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
6. One, Two Step – Ciara, Missy Elliott
7. Wannabe (Radio Edit) – Spice Girls
8. Beautiful Soul – Jesse McCartney
9. Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira, Wyclef Jean
10. Get Low – Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
11. Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake
12. Gold Digger – Kanye West, Jamie Foxx
13. Ms. Jackson – OutKast
14. Beautiful Girls – Sean Kingston
15. Temperature – Sean Paul
16. Toxic – Britney Spears
17. Stacy’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
18. Ride Wit Me – Nelly, City Spud
19. Low (Feat T-Pain) – Flo Rida, T-Pain
20. Bye Bye Bye – *N Sync
21. No Scrubs – TLC
22. Hey Ya! Radio Mix/Club – OutKast
23. Survivor – Destiny’s Child
24. SexyBack – Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
25. Suga Suga – Baby Bash, Frankie J
26. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
27. Candy Shop ­- 50 Cent, Olivia
28. In Da Club – 50 Cent
29. Umbrella – Rihanna, JAY Z
30. Cry Me a River – Justin Timberlake

The top 100 can be listened to within the playlist, embedded below.