Using Spotify data, Daniels figured out which songs we collectively never stopped playing. From the 1990s, there's a clear high-tail winner: Nirvana.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit," a track that never reached the Billboard Top 5 when it was released in 1992, is now the most-played song from the 90s," he writes.
Also: Mambo No. 5!
The data gathered is impressive and revealing. The '80s lack a runaway winner, but the fact that it's Journey may surprise you. Queen takes the 70s, thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody, but it's not the easy win you'd think: Fleetwood Mac gets close. The Stones take the 60s, but it must be noted that The Beatles are not on Spotify.
The artists who have cult-followings and underground appeal: it's a signal for some undefined musical quality that's impossible for a hit song to replicate. Perhaps it means that they are culturally ahead of their time. Or perhaps generations will feel obligated to share it, for fear of it fading.