Take Me Home: The Most Popular Songs for Singing Around the House

Take Me Home: The Most Popular Songs for Singing Around the House

Music in the home is a huge part of life – from hosting dinner parties (pre-Covid) to recreating Hugh Grant’s Love Actually dance when no one’s watching!

Whether you’re mowing the lawn, soaking in the bath, or ‘Hinching’ your home, we wanted to discover the most popular songs and artists that make up the ultimate soundtrack for the home.

We analysed over 1,000,000 songs from Spotify playlists named after the activities you get up to at home, including ‘vacuuming’, ‘ironing’, ‘bath’, ‘showering’ and more.

Here’s what we found.

The top 20 most popular songs for any household task are…

  1. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  2. Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
  3. Circles – Post Malone
  4. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
  5. bad guy – Billie Eilish
  6. death bed (coffee for your head) – Powfu
  7. Adore You – Harry Styles
  8. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – Whitney Houston
  9. Sunday Best – Surfaces
  10. Falling – Harry Styles
  11. Say So – Doja Cat
  12. Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
  13. Rockstar (feat. Roddy Ricch) – DaBaby
  14. Africa – Toto
  15. The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala
  16. Shallow – Lady Gaga
  17. lovely (with Khalid) – Billie Eilish
  18. Before You Go
  19. Slow Dancing In The Dark – Joji
  20. Supalonely – BENEE

Hugely recent songs dominate the top ten with The Weeknd’s massively catchy ‘Blinding Lights’ securing the top spot, but there are plenty of other great tracks to sing along to – both happy and sad – as Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles, Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi, and Whitney Houston’s 80s classic I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) all feature in the top 10.

Top 10 most listened to artists in the home

There’s definitely a trend towards current artists, with the top 10 overwhelming favouring artists who’ve found fame in recent years, but legendary stalwarts Fleetwood Mac and ELO manage to make the top 10.

She’s still only 18 but Billie Eilish had the most songs across all of the playlists we analysed, while Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles complete the top three.

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Harry Styles
  4. The Weeknd
  5. Post Malone
  6. Lewis Capaldi
  7. Fleetwood Mac
  8. Electric Light Orchestra
  9. Dua Lipa
  10. Coldplay

Whatever your taste, you’re bound to find something for you.

Add them to your Spotify the next time you’re tackling the ironing or testing your green thumb skills!

Top 10 most popular songs for gardening

Feel-good classics featured high for green-fingered folk, with names such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and Neil Young proving popular, alongside some more modern hits.

  1. Dreams - 2004 Remaster - Fleetwood Mac
  2. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  3. Here Comes The Sun - Remastered 2009 - The Beatles
  4. Africa - TOTO
  5. Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
  6. Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
  7. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
  8. Harvest Moon - Neil Young
  9. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time) - Elton John
  10. Memories - Maroon 5


Top 10 most popular songs for cleaning

 Upbeat songs from across the eras were chosen to motivate the mopping sessions, with 90’s favourite ‘No Scrubs’ topping the cleaning playlists, alongside the more recent ‘Uptown Funk’. Who doesn’t love a bit of Whitney though?

  1. No Scrubs - TLC
  2. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
  3. Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)- Mark Ronson
  4. bad guy - Billie Eilish
  5. Hips Don't Lie (feat. Wyclef Jean) - Shakira
  6. Wannabe - Spice Girls
  7. Closer - The Chainsmokers
  8. Happier - Marshmello
  9. High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco
  10. That's What I Like - Bruno Mars


Top 10 most popular songs for washing the car

The Sunday car wash ritual is soundtracked by catchy guitar anthems, led by Tame Impala’s ‘Less I Know the Better’. It’s not all rock though, with Post Malone, J Cole and DaBaby also making the list.

TOTO by Africa is a car washing theme we can get behind!

  1. The Less I Know The Better - Tame Impala
  2. Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
  3. Africa - TOTO
  4. Should I Stay or Should I Go - Remastered - The Clash
  5. Circles - Post Malone
  6. Don't Stop Me Now - 2011 Mix - Queen
  7. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop
  8. Centuries - Fall Out Boy
  9. No Role Modelz - J. Cole
  10. ROCKSTAR (feat. Roddy Ricch) - DaBaby

Top 10 most popular songs for cooking

Cooking means crooning for a majority of masterchefs, with smooth singalongs from Dean Martin, Otis Redding and Frank Sinatra on repeat.

  1. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) - Remastered - Dean Martin
  2. (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
  3. Come Fly With Me - Remastered - Frank Sinatra
  4. Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
  5. You Make My Dreams (Come True) - Daryl Hall & John Oates
  6. I've Got a Woman - Ray Charles
  7. Dreams - 2004 Remaster - Fleetwood Mac
  8. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) - Frank Sinatra
  9. At Last - Etta James
  10. Take on Me - a-ha

Top 10 most popular songs for taking a bath

When Billie Eilish and Khalid penned’ lovely’, we doubt they imagined it soundtracking suds and scrubs across the world, but that’s exactly what’s happening. Following on from the same theme, it’s slow, dramatic tracks that make up the bathtime playlist.

  1. lovely (with Khalid) - Billie Eilish
  2. Falling - Harry Styles
  3. death bed (coffee for your head)- Powfu
  5. Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
  6. Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur
  7. If the World Was Ending - feat. Julia Michaels - JP Saxe
  8. Circles - Post Malone
  9. Daddy Issues - The Neighbourhood
  10. ROXANNE - Arizona Zervas

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All results are based on Spotify data as of 21 August 2020. We searched for playlists named after common household tasks and activities including: ‘gardening’, ‘painting’, ‘cleaning’, ‘ironing’, ‘washing the car’, ‘vacuuming’, ‘cooking’, ‘bath’, ‘shower’ and ‘working from home’. We then scraped the data and analysed it to find the most popular songs per category and the most frequently featured artists.