By Olivia B. Waxman
October 12, 2015

Spotify announced Monday that Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” has become “the first song ever to reach 500 million streams on Spotify.”

The music streaming service says the popular singer-songwriter is second in streams only to Eminem, and also boasts the “third most worldwide listeners of any artist (behind The Weeknd and Calvin Harris).” One in four users has the recording artist in “at least one playlist,” the company claims.

In a statement, the English singer said, “Thanks to all the people who use this as a wedding song, soundtrack to a date, and as a way to woo someone into a netflix-and-chill situation.”

Listen to “Thinking Out Loud” below:

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