Spotify Wrapped 2021

I like Spotify Wrapped but am always a little irritated it comes out in December instead of January — there’s still a whole month left! But apparently I listen more than most people… and maybe a lot of people screw up their stats with holiday music in December?

That’s a bit over 20 hours a week, or about 3 hours a day. That doesn’t seem like that much to me? But I think I tend to be a gorger of music and books, while lots of other people gorge on TV or video games 🤷‍♀️

As per usual, Spotify has bonkers genres and claims I’ve listened to 140. My top genres (two of which I recognize):

  1. Indie rock
  2. New rave
  3. Shimmer pop
  4. New wave
  5. Neo-psychedelic

(Playlists from Every Noise at Once – should be a way to find more songs I like 😉)

My top artists are no surprise: Islands, Ladytron, Tame Impala, Spoon and OK Go. Though I try to listen to a variety of music – I listened to 1906 artists (so far) in 2021 – those favs mark a pretty good indicator of my age. Guess we just can’t escape the sounds of our late teens, early twenties 🤷‍♀️

I have to lol that I am indeed the super-est fan to superfan of my favorite very indie band no one has heard of, Islands <3

And to round it out, my top five tracks:

I know they like to switch it up every year but I liked the “how many countries” stat they had in the past, especially since that’s nigh impossible to figure out yourself. They probably design this more for the average listener, and need to have stats that will be interesting for everyone no matter how much they’ve listened to.

It’s frustrating they have all this data that we can’t access. I get more than a lot of people because I use LastFM but that isn’t in a format you can analyze like this. They also do a year end report (actually at the end of the year) but again doesn’t let you see the data. Too bad our data laws don’t let us download our own data, in a usable format that doesn’t require transforming or cleaning up first (looking at you Fitbit).

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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