Graphing the Grammys: How 2015’s Record of the Year Nominees Stack Up

Originally posted on Rollingstone.com 
BY  | February 4, 2015

Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Sia and Meghan Trainor by the numbers

This year, the five Grammy nominees for Record of the Year — the most prestigious award of the evening — are all monster singles — hundreds of millions of YouTube plays, Platinum certifications and at least three Hot 100 chart-toppers.

To compare the similarities and differences between the five nominated songs, we plotted them by nine sets of data: social media dominance, lyrical content, speed, duration, accomplishments and more — and finally, we just threw our hands up and said who we’d like to see win.

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