We’re getting close to the end of the year, which means it’s time for another episode of Spotify Wrapped. As it does every year at the end of the year, Spotify Wrapped takes Spotify customers’ listening patterns and organizes them into neat, individualized slideshows. Each user can see who they listened to the most over the year, what their favorite genres were, and perhaps even learn something new about the music they listen to with Spotify Wrapped.
What is Spotify Wrapped, and how do I get access to it?
You’ll need to know where to look before you can see what Spotify Wrapped has in store for your year-in-review. While Spotify Wrapped was previously available through the internet, it is now exclusively available through the mobile app. When you first start the app, you’ll notice a panel on the home page advertising Spotify Wrapped; tap it to be taken to your slideshow reviewing the year in music.
Spotify Wrapped will walk you through your favorite artists of the year, displaying the songs you listened to the most as well as your total Spotify listening time. Spotify will even tell you what song was your most played this year, and mine was Boston’s “Foreplay / Long Time,” which I’m sure we can all agree is a certified banger.
Spotify’s Unexpected Surprises Wrapped
Even if you walk into Spotify Wrapped knowing exactly what you listened to the most, there are bound to be some surprises. This year, Spotify Wrapped, for example, will also inform you what your “Audio Aura” is. My lipstick is a nice shade of pink, perhaps because my favorite musical moods are “nostalgia” and “happy.”
Spotify Wrapped will tell you what your most-listened-to genres were for the year, in addition to presenting your Audio Aura. Thanks to Spotify’s increasingly specialized genre selection, I’m sure there will be some surprises in these lists. For example, Spotify claims that “mallsoft” is my fifth-best genre of the year, which I had no idea existed before today (as it turns out, mallsoft is a microgenre that belongs under the vaporware umbrella).
Spotify Wrapped also goes pretty granular about some things, such as how many different artists you listened to and how many times you listened to your top five songs over the year. It’s worth a look, if nothing else, since it’s a fascinating year-in-review of your listening habits. It also includes a companion playlist with the 100 songs you listened to the most over the year, which you can continue to listen to even after Spotify Wrapped is removed from the home page.
The firm shares some big-picture information on Spotify’s blog, revealing that Bad Bunny was the most-streamed artist on the platform in 2021. Following Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, BTS, Drake, and Justin Bieber (in that order), the top five most-streamed artists of the year were Taylor Swift, BTS, Drake, and Justin Bieber.
The “top streamed throwback albums,” which were published more than 20 years ago, are also recognized in Spotify’s breakdown, with Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory all topping the list. Spotify Wrapped is now accessible in the Spotify app, so if you’re a subscriber, check it out and see which of your musical whims Spotify took note of in 2021.