In a move that the Founding Fathers could have only dreamed of, Spotify is helping celebrate Independence this year with a map of the United States that shows which songs got more play on July 4 last year than any other day in 2013.
How did this map come into fruition? Paul Lamere, director of developer platform at Spotify subsidiary Echo Nest, began by combing through playlists that users titled “Fourth of July” and then compared those songs to what they listened to during the week prior. A post on Spotify’s blog adds: “He also looked at each state’s favorite song, finding 46 of the 50 to prefer Miley Cyrus’ ‘Party in the U.S.A.’.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lamere found that people in the nation’s capital listened to the most red-white-and-blue tunes on July 4. Washington D.C. was followed by Nebraska, Delaware, Louisiana and Utah. The states ranked lowest were Alaska, New Hampshire, Maine, South Dakota and Hawaii.