Most Wanted Music is created by Icelanders and islanders

Iceland has been a hot spot in the world wide web of music for a while; often called the ‘Ibiza of the North’ in the past.

According to The Echo Nest, an audio fingerprinting service, Icelanders create the most wanted music in the world. In order to come up with this result, The Echo Nest’s principal engineer and data alchemist, Glenn McDonald, says he “took The Echo Nest’s ten thousand most up-and-coming songs by relatively unknown artists, found the artists responsible for them, determined those artists’ countries, counted the number of artists per country, and then prorated the counts by population to create a ranking of countries by proportional discovery share – and then I did the same again, ranking by hotness instead of discovery.”

The Echo Nest’s computers spent a significant amount of time scouring the web to figure out what people were listening to and talking about. The results where then converted into a complex mathematical equation. In general, the Scandinavian countries were at the top of The Echo Nest’s list.

Echo Nest Map of the World

  1. Iceland
  2. Sweden
  3. Finland
  4. Norway
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Denmark
  7. Ireland
  8. United States
  9. Australia
  10. Netherlands

With a population of just 329,000, this a surprising accomplishment for Iceland. The Echo Nest suggests that it’s Iceland’s beautiful bright summers and long dark winters that foster creativity, or perhaps it’s the sublime landscapes that inspire the imagination. Whatever it is, it seems to be working! The Echo Nest also found that Iceland produces songs that get the most buzz – what they refer to as the “hottest” music.