2020 “Spotify Wrapped”

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It’s that time of year again – the time to log onto your social media and see everyone sharing their Spotify 2020 Wrapped. This may come as an annoying trend to many, but that doesn’t stop people from bragging about their increased amount of minutes listened or their number one artist. But it’s so easy to click share, so why wouldn’t someone want to share their taste in music? 

Discovering your number one artist is one of the most awaited stats that comes out of Spotify Wrapped. Bad Bunny was the most-streamed artist of 2020 with more than 8.3 billion streams. Bad Bunny’s 2020 album, YHLQMDLG, snagged the top spot for the most listened to album, followed by The Weeknd’s After Hours. The top streamed song was The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” with almost 1.6 billion streams on Spotify alone. 

“My number one artist was The Neighborhood which didn’t surprise me in the slightest,” senior Isabel Simanton said. “I love this band because each song is unique to every other song. They write about meaningful topics and dig deep into your feelings.”

Simanton’s 2020 Spotify Wrapped

Although, others don’t have an as complex relationship with music. Instead of being devoted to one artist or genre, students’ like Ducheine’s taste varies from song to song. 

“I don’t think my interactions with music are complex or intense enough for me to develop a defined taste,” senior Kenedy Ducheine said. “If I hear a song and think it would be great in a certain playlist  I will add it to my playlist and if not, I never want to hear that song again. I think I just like my music to make me process what I want and what’s happening around me.”

Ducheine’s 2020 Spotify Wrapped

Music has the ability to connect people. Spotify Wrapped allows for people all over the world to share and bond over their taste in music. Music is an art. Conveying emotions through the power of lyrics and chords has always been an influential artistic style for centuries. 

“Music has a very significant meaning to me, and always has,” Simanton said. “Even music without lyrics can get a message across. The way that artists turn emotion into lyrics that can cut right through is just so impactful to me. By using music you can describe an emotion that can’t be explained through words.”