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 WorkoutBy: 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.
Common KnowledgeBy: 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 RoomBy: 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 MeditationBy: 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 QuizBy: 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 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 DestinyBy: 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 TalksBy: 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 QuizBy: 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.