The Charlotte playlist: What was your neighborhood’s favorite song in 2014?

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2/18/2008 - The Food Fifty - food experiences, people, places and things you don't want to miss. The retro-styled jukebox at The Penguin has music to suit all tastes. GARY O'BRIEN - gobrien@charlotteobserver.com

What does your favorite song say about you? Better yet, what does it say about your neighborhood?

I wanted to find out what Charlotte listened to in 2014, so I reached out to TouchTunes — the jukebox company you’ve probably seen in bars around town — to find out what the most-played songs and artists were last year in various zip codes around the city.

This isn’t the most scientific methodology, I’ll admit — some zip codes have only one or two jukeboxes, skewing the data, and not everyone uses a jukebox — but it’s a fun and interesting look at what Charlotte listened to last year.

Note: Some of these songs are NSFW, so use headphones.

Note 2: Not every neighborhood is included in this list for space reasons or because it didn’t have a TouchTones jukebox.

Note 3: If you want to listen to these songs on the go, we made a Spotify playlist.

Here we go: Charlotte’s 2014 playlist.

28202 (uptown)

– Top song: “New Flame,” Chris Brown feat. Usher and Rick Ross.

– Top artist: Drake.

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28203 (South End/Dilworth)

– Top song: “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” Jeremih, Feat. French Montana and Ty Dolla $ign.

– Top artist: Beyoncé.

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Beyonce poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. British newcomer Sam Smith and Beyonce - the most nominated female in Grammy history _ are the current leaders at the Grammy Awards with five each. Smith and Beyonce will likely earn nominations for album of the year, the top award, when The Recording Academy announces the nominees Friday night, Dec. 5, 2014, on "A Very GRAMMY Christmas" (9 p.m., CBS). (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

28204 (Midtown/Elizabeth)

Top song: “Shakedown Street,” Grateful Dead.

Top artist: Widespread Panic.

28205 (NoDa/Plaza Midwood/East Charlotte) – Top song: “Eres Mia,” Romeo Santos.

– Top artist: Romeo Santos.

28262 (University City)

– Top song: “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith.

– Top artist: Drake.

28105 (Matthews) – Top song: “Second Chance,” Shinedown.

– Top artist: Luke Bryan.

28277 (Ballantyne) – Top song: “Dámaso,” Gerardo Ortiz.

– Top artist: Romeo Santos.

28207 (Eastover/Queens University of Charlotte)

– Top song: “Legalize it,” Peter Tosh.

– Top artist: Phish.

28209 (Myers Park/Park Road Shopping Center)

– Top song: “Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake, Lil Jon.

Top artist: Taylor Swift.

28134 (Pineville)

– Top song: “Copperhead Road,” Steve Earle.

– Top artist: Kid Rock.

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28208 (FreeMore West/Northwest Charlotte)

– Top song: “Mr. Wrong,” Mary J. Blige, Feat. Drake.

– Top artist: Mary J. Blige.

28227 (Mint Hill)

– Top song: “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry, Feat. Juicy J.

Top artist: Usher.

28078 (Huntersville)

Top song: “Stay With Me,” Sam Smith.

Top artist: Beyoncé.

28031 (Cornelius)

Top song: “Safe and Sound,” Capital Cities.

Top artist: Drake.

Photos: Charlotte Observer file; AP Photo.


CoreyCorey Inscoe is editor of CharlotteFive and unabashedly loves the song “Dark Horse.” Let’s rage. Follow him on Twitter @CoreyInscoe.

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