My 2018 in Music, as Told by Spotify’s “2018 Wrapped” Results
I’ve always been a fan of the metrics and data that surround people’s listening patterns. For years I’ve had a small taste of those statistics in the form of the play counts next to my songs in my iTunes library, but that data only tells me so much. That’s were Spotify comes in to save the day. I’ve been using the service for about 5 years or so now, and I’ve always loved it. From creating specialized playlists for each user in the form of their “Daily Mix” playlists, to recommending new artists based off of current listening patterns through their “Discover Weekly” and “Release Radar” playlists, Spotify puts their listeners first. In more recent years, 2016 being the earliest one that I can remember, they have also been collecting their Spotify Premium listener’s data and compiling it all in the form of a “20xx Wrapped” slideshow, which compiles statistics based on the number of songs listened to, what that total time added up to be, favorite artists, genres, and so on. Its a truly fascinating look into a very public, but also intimate, part of most everyone’s modern day life. Here’s what Spotify and their data, had to say about my listening trends from this year:
I started off my 2018 by first listening to “Chinese New Year” by SALES, which is pretty fitting if you ask me. The first new band that I discovered (although I knew of them before they were on Spotify), was Straw Hat, a name you may recognize if you listened to my first show from Volume 5 of my radio show LZ’s Time Machine. In total, I listened to 2,080 different songs, for a total of 5,270 minutes. To show that in finer detail, that adds up to be 87.83 hours, or over 3.66 days of music. I consider that to be time well spent, if you ask me. Apparently my most favored genre of music was Rock, and my favorite subgenre was Modern Rock. Who could’ve guessed that. I share this accolade with 3,462,731 other users, so I really am just another brick in the proverbial wall, eh? To further demonstrate that my musical taste my skews towards the past, Spotify determined that the oldest song that I listened to belonged to Muddy Waters, his 1957 hit “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man.” I really am an old fogy at heart.
All in all, I felt that I learned a lot from this data, and I appreciate that Spotify does it. I think its a great idea, and it sparks the desire for people to share what they are listening to and create new connections over a shared interest. My only qualm that I have is with their accuracy in the measurements they take. For example, Spotify said that my top artist was Vulfpeck. Granted, I did dive into one of their EP’s pretty heavily, but that was only for about a week or two in November. According to them though, I only spent one total hour with that artist in order to make them my top played artist. I have a feeling that I listened to other artists, specifically King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, for far longer, but perhaps in less frequency. For some of my top songs, I recognize that I listened to them repeatedly and completely, but for others I recall only listing to them partway through while trying to craft some playlists. Like anything, there are flaws for sure. Do you have Spotify? If so, I highly recommend trying this out for yourself. Its free, so why not? If you do, tag Clamor in your post on Facebook or Twitter, I’d be really interested in seeing what you all have consumed this year. Take a look at my “Top Songs of 2018,” a playlist from Spotify, along with their “Tastebreakers” playlist, that compiles work from artists and genres that I typically don’t listen to. Maybe you and I both will find something new.