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Survey: the songs Gen Z want to remember forever

A survey by an American company asked a thousand young people what songs they would put into a time capsule to preserve for future generations

By Molly Long on 16 Jul 2018

Taylor Swift is a clear favourite for Gen Z and beyond, appearing in the top 5 of both lists

image © Flickr: Eva Rinaldi

American company Shutterfly has released the results of a survey it commissioned in which a thousand Generation Z Americans were asked which songs they would preserve for future generations in a time capsule.

The results are a mixture of easily anticipated number one hits and some more unexpected choices and reflect the musical landscape Gen Z – people born in the mid-1990s and early 2000s – have grown used to. Shutterfly also surveyed a number of people outside of Gen Z, and the differences are somewhat noticeable between the ages.

Here is what Gen Z believe the future needs to hear:

1. This is America – Childish Gambino (41.03%)
2. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran (34.62%)
3. Despacito – Luis Fonsi (29.49%)
4. Happy – Pharrell (23.08%)
5. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift (19.23%)
6. Hello – Adele (19.23%)
7. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (16.67%)
8. Hotline Bling – Drake (14.10%)
9. Chandelier – Sia (12.82%)
10. Bad and Boujee – Migos (11.54%)
11. Formation – Beyonce (11.54%)
12. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars (10.26%)
13. Body like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (10.26%)
14. Sorry – Justin Bieber (7.69%)
15. Love me Like you do – Ellie Goulding (7.69%)
16. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (6.41%)
17. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (6.41%)
18. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd (5.13%)

And here is what all the survey respondents, regardless of age, want to preserve:

1. Happy – Pharrell (33.67%)
2. Hello – Adele (32.87%)
3. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars (26.79%)
4. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran (24.50%)
5. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift (24.00%)
6. Despacito – Luis Fonsi (17.43)
7. This is America – Childish Gambino (17.03)
8. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (14.34%)
9. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (13.65%)
10. Sorry – Justin Bieber (10.16%)
11. Formation – Beyonce (8.96%)
12. Chandelier – Sia (8.57%)
13. Body like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (8.47%)
14. Love me Like you do – Ellie Goulding (8.17%)
15. Hotline Bling – Drake (6.08%)
16. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj (4.58%)
17. Bad and Boujee – Migos (4.48%)
18. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd (2.49%)


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