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Top 10 Alexa skills of 2019

As we head into 2020, we celebrate the best Alexa skills that developers have created to make the everyday easier, more entertaining, and more delightful for customers.
on December 18, 2019
The introduction of Alexa five years ago was a pivotal moment for human-computer interaction—it brought voice-first technology to the world. Now tens of millions of customers use Alexa each month, and there are hundreds of thousands of developers building Alexa skills.

There’s a lot that Alexa can do, thanks to more than 100,000 skills created by developers. We’re excited to celebrate our developer community and their innovations by sharing our top 10 Alexa skills of 2019.

To select the top skills, our team of editors looked at several factors, including customer reviews, ratings, engagement, user experience, and creativity.

Join us in celebrating the top Alexa skills of the year.

  • Animal Workout
    By: For Jack and Jill
    Keep your kids entertained (and healthy) with Animal Workout. We love this skill not only for its ability to engage kids, but also for how it boosts motivation and confidence in little ones. This skill leads to all kinds of family fun by allowing kids to pretend to be different animals while getting some exercise.
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
    By: Nickelodeon
    Nickelodeon is taking family fun to a new level with Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. This quiz skill is great for family members who want to team up or play solo to answer trivia questions that most 1st through 5th graders would know.
  • Common Knowledge
    By: Game Show Network
    The Game Show Network brings Common Knowledge with host Joey Fatone to Alexa. This popular game skill tests your knowledge in fun categories, asking you everyday questions you should know—but do you?
  • Escape the Room
    By: Stoked Skills
    You’re trapped in a room—it's up to you and only you to escape. We love how Escape the Room is a voice-only version of a classic escape game where you can discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks to find your way out. With three rooms to choose from and more being added, Escape the Room keeps players hooked.
  • Guided Meditation
    By: Stop, Breathe & Think
    Guided Meditation: Meditation of the Day for Calm makes it easier to build meditation into your daily routine. The skill features over 70 guided meditations, mindfulness exercises, and breathing exercises to reduce the stress and anxiety of daily life.
  • Song Quiz
    By: Volley
    With Song Quiz, you can master playlists from each decade. All you have to do is guess the correct song title and artist. Make the game even more entertaining by challenging your friends and family in live competitions, or compete against music fans across the country.
  • Spotify
    By: Spotify
    Spotify subscribers can use the Spotify skill to ask Alexa for any song, playlist, artist or album. You can also tune in to hundreds of personalized radio stations with favorite and up-and-coming artists.
  • Star Wars: Choose Your Destiny
    By: Disney
    Now kids can access and enjoy a variety of Disney-themed Alexa experiences, including Star Wars: Choose Your Destiny. Kids can jump into awesome adventures with their favorite Star Wars characters, including Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia, Anakin, and Obi-Wan.
  • TED Talks
    By: TED Conferences
    Listen to your favorite inspiring talks, or discover something new, via the TED Talks Alexa skill. Explore talks from world-renowned speakers and thought leaders from around the globe. Play the latest TED Talk or a random one. Search for talks by topic or speaker name.
  • Wait Wait Quiz
    By: NPR
    NPR's beloved comedy news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! presents the Wait Wait Quiz on Alexa. This interactive voice game hosted by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis lets you answer fill-in-the-blank questions from this week's news. NPR also gives players a chance to have their name mentioned on an episode of the show.
Note: All skills, regardless of release date, were eligible to make the 2019 list.
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