My Spotify 2018 Wrapped (Year in Music)

This year’s Spotify Wrapped was…interesting. I guess. I’m not sure if interesting is really the right word to use here.

There were 10 slides of data about my listening habits for 2018, and, to be honest, some of the slides were quite pointless.

Anyway, let’s take a look at my 2019 Year in Music:

It appears I started the year out listening to Dua Lipa and Hobbie Stuart? The former I can confirm but the latter I do not recall. Oh, well.

I don’t remember the total amount of minutes I listened last year, but back in 2014 it was almost 38% of this. I have for sure been spending more time on Spotify after graduating college.

Yes, yes, yes! And I’m STILL MAD that the tickets for his NYC show in March sold out before I could snag one 😥

Yeah, this seems pretty accurate. I’d say I spent the majority of 2018 falling in love with Rhye, Fickle Friends (I got to see them live!), and HalfNoise.

This was one of the slides that I found pretty useless, as I care not one ounce about zodiac signs and astrology. I mean, sure, I guess it’s cool that most of the artists I listened to in 2018 were born in November and December? \_(ツ)_/¯

I’m really loving the podcasts section of Spotify these days. Ear Biscuits and WenghTalk Radio are among my faves this year, as are We Watch Food and Subway Creatures!

See below for 100 of my most played songs and a playlist of Tastebreakers.

Winter 2018 Calling Your Name Playlist pt. 2

So I’ve been hella busy, stressed out, and in pain over the last few weeks. Therefore, I decided to take a little break from blogging. We’ll now resume the regularly scheduled end-of-year programming on the blog. Oh, yes, I know, there was no November Favorites this month so I’ll be posting a combined November & December Favorites during the first week of January 2019.

If you recall two winters ago, I made a fun playlist of songs named after people. Shortly after posting it, I remembered so many other songs that would have made a great addition to the playlist. I kept adding to the list for the last two years (which has become quite lenghty so prepare for a part three soon), and here are the ones I picked for the Winter 2018 Calling Your Name Playlist pt. 2!

Enjoy!

1. Sarah, Rüfüs du Sol. For a dramatic winter evening in front of the fireplace with snow making dew on the windows.

2. Stumbling Mary, Exale & TEGA. Watch out there—we don’t need anyone stumbling around in the snow.

3. Elliot, Roosevelt. ”Elliot, Elliot, look out.”

4. Lafayette, BIBLES. A tune for the rare occasion when you get a chance to go outside before sundown to see the clear skies.

5. Pamela, Brain Tan. When you find yourself whispering in the middle of the night…

6. Ophelia, Monakr. Relax, and just let the rhythym take you.

7. June, THE WLDLFE. “I’ll be your Johnny if you’ll be my June.”

8. Carolina, Harry Styles. Time to break out the guitar and spend some time learning how to play this one all winter.

9. Silvia, Miike Snow. “I don’t know Silvia.”

10. Ashley, Lido & Santell. A smooth R&B vibe to keep you warm this winter.

11. Eddie (Oliver Nelson Remix), EVERYWHERE. Soaking up the winter sun with this one.

12. Anthonio (Berlin Breakdown Version Remastered), Annie. For the moments when winter feels like it’s moving in slow motion.

Stay warm!

Valentine’s Day 2018 Spotify & Chill Mini Mix

For Valentine’s Day 2018, I’ve decided to collaborate with fellow blogger Tiffany Khyla over at Endless Bliss to make you lovebirds two lovey-dovey playlists!

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Tiffany Khyla, Endless Bliss

Tiffany Khyla is a full-time hotel social media marketer and a part-time blogger at Endless Bliss, a happy lifestyle and entertainment blog for wanderers, dreamers and happiness seekers. On Endless Bliss, she shares her tales of working on a cruise ship, the ups-and-downs of living the Air Force lifestyle and her obsession with Harry Potter. She’s an ESFJ Sagittarius with a passion for people, exploring new places and getting lost in a good book. When she’s not busy behind a computer screen, you can find her singing along to every Taylor Swift song, stuffing her face with sushi or sipping on a glass of Cabernet.

You can check out her playlist here.

As for my playlist, which I’m dubbing “Spotify & Chill,” it starts out sappy and slow, then switches to a smooth groove toward the end.

So get cuddly with some wine and crank up the volume with this Valentine’s Day 2018 Spotify & Chill 8-track mini mix!

1. Song for You, Rhye. Because what kind of romantic chill session would this be without Rhye?

2. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop, Landon Pigg. I can’t promise that this is as sappy as it gets. #Sorrynotsorry

3. Love is a Drum, Cider SkyIf you’re not lying close enough to hear the other person’s heartbeat then you’re doing it wrong.

4. Oh My Stars, Andrew Belle. “If everything you’ve said to me has been true, then all my stars are leading me to you.” ❤

5. Lost in Your Light, Dua Lipa ft. Miguel. Get lost.  

6. Everything to Me, Great Good Fine Ok. The kings of romantic pop.

7. Addicted Lover, Lex Low. “Bite my lip…”

8. Nobody, Leisure ft. GoldLink. Don’t go thinking about anybody else other than the one you’re cuddling with this Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy your Spotify & Chill, lovebirds!

My Spotify 2017 Wrapped (Year in Music)

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I haven’t been feeling too well over the last few days. Since I started my holiday vacation, I’ve gotten a headache every evening after dinner. That’s why I was unable to post for Gallery Mondays and Wardrobe Wednesdays. I’m so sorry!

If I hadn’t scheduled my winter playlist in advance, that still wouldn’t be up either.

To make up for my absence, I’ve decided to share with you all my Spotify 2017 Year in Music, also known as Spotify 2017 Wrapped.

I’m not sure why, but the way they present the data keeps changing every year. The first time I did this back in 2014, the data was laid out simply and beautifully with bar charts, percentages, and more.

Now they’re going over the top to bring you measly top fives in categories like genre and such. You’re presented with a mini quiz where you guess your most played artists, song, and etc. before they give you the actual results. What gives?

Anyway, here’s what I found:

1. Top Artist: Andrew Belle

This I know for sure is true. When his album Dive Deep came out, I could not stop listening. Kye Kye came in second, as I discovered new tracks from them that I loved from previous albums (they really need to make some new music)!

2. Top Song: “Her” by Kye Kye

As I mentioned before, “Her” is one of the Kye Kye songs I hadn’t noticed last year. It’s so good! “Nightmare” by Rye is also brilliant with its subtly menacing vibes. I hope we hear some new material from Rye in 2018.

3. Top Genre: Indietronica

Indietronica FTW! Now when I tell people that’s my favorite genre, I won’t be lying lol. I’ve loved indietronica since my last few years of high school. It’s such a fun innovative genre.

As for the other genres besides Pop, I know nothing specific about their characteristics, so I can’t tell which songs landed me there.

You can also check out a playlist of my 100 most played songs on Spotify:

See your Spotify 2017 Wrapped here: 2017wrapped.com

Winter 2016-17 Calling Your Name Playlist

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So, this winter playlist is going to get a little weird.

I’ve been toying with the idea of making a playlist of songs named after people for a while. The only season it really fit in, to me, is winter.

You know how in movies there’s sometimes a girl in the forest during the winter shouting someone’s name into the void, hoping she’ll hear a response echoing back? That’s the kind of vibe I wanted to capture with this playlist.

Enjoy the 12 songs on this winter 2016-17 playlist!

1. Josephine (Alfa Mist Remix), RITUAL ft. Lisa Hannigan. Some serious sensuality going down right here.

2. Virginia Wolf, mAsis. For those lonely winter nights when you just want to be alone.

3. Genghis Khan, Miike Snow. Jealousy, anyone?

4. For Elise, Saint Motel. “You need a spark, a light in the dark, to get you out of your head and into your heart.”

5. Sweet Ophelia, Zella Day. Time for some deep reflection.

6. Stephen, Kesha. You better call her, Stephen. None of that 72 hours nonsense.

7. Roman, Housse de Raket. “What have you done?”

8. Ramona, Night Beds. This one’s easy on the ears.

9. Geronimo, Sheppard. I don’t recommend you jump into the waterfall. It’s cold, and that’s dangerous.

10. Jenny, the bird and the bee. “Where are you, Jenny? Don’t you know that I am calling on the telephone?”

11. Hey Maria, Klangkarussel. Here’s a cool little foot-tapping number.

12. Randy, Justice. “Get yourself together.”

Stay warm this winter!

2015’s Best in Music

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Guys, my favorite moment of the year is here! I absolutely love looking through my Starred playlist on Spotify to curate my list of the best songs, artists, and albums of the year! This year’s list got pretty lengthy, so I decided to be very selective (which was almost impossible thanks to Spotify’s Discover Weekly) and cut my list down to 25.

Some fun international artists made it on to this list, as well as some artists that I’d heard in the past on mix albums and short EPs. I even got to see Trails and Ways and Neon Indian—two artists on my list below—live this year!

Enjoy my list of 2015’s Best in Music!

1. “Le Bal Des Oubliés,” Paradis, Couleurs Primaires. This EP snuck up on me. I didn’t know it existed until like three months after it came out but it’s an absolute French delight!

2. “I Give It,” Night Beds, Ivywild. Even though I can’t understand what’s coming out of Night Bed’s singer Winston Yellen’s mouth 95% of the time, the tone of his voice is just so good it doesn’t even matter!

3. “Company,” Justin Bieber, Purpose. No matter what crappy thing this boy does to worsen his reputation one thing is certain: he will always deliver good music.

4. “I Can’t Be Your Superman,” Skylar Spence, Prom King. Don’t doubt yourself, Skylar Spence.

5. “Dream About Me,” Trails and Ways, Pathology. These guys sound amazing live. You’ve gotta love a band that even lets the drummer sing lead on a track!

6. “Slumlord,” Neon Indian, Vega Intl. Night School. Psychedelic dreams, this one. I’d enroll in Vega Intl. any night.

7. “Science Fiction,” Christine and the Queens, Christine and the QueensWords cannot explain how happy I am that she decided to release an English version of this album! Also, enjoy this live performance and choreography (you won’t know what hit you at 1:08!):

8. “Light Up,” Mutemath, Vitals. I hadn’t heard these guys since the Twilight soundtrack they were on ages ago. I really hope they come out with a music video for “Light Up” at some point.

9. “Molecules,” Disclosure, Caracal. It was so hard to choose just one song that I loved from Caracal, but I went with “Molecules” because Disclosure sounds damn good singing on their own tracks without featured artists too!

10. “Me and the Rhythm,” Selena Gomez, Revival. This song was on repeat from the moment the full album was released and I regret nothing.

11. “Dopamine,” BØRNS, Dopamine. You just have to love BØRNS with his light pitch and the dopamine-like effect of his captivating lyrics.

12. “Learning for Your Love” (feat. Marcus Marr), Chet Faker, Work. This EP was such a pleasant surprise! I think Chet and Marcus should work together more often. Also, can somebody do a ballet choreography for this?

13. “Undiscovered,” Laura Welsh, Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). One of the best soundtracks of the year hands down. But like, really, how awkward would it have been if this film had a bad soundtrack?

14. “FOOLS,” Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood. Troye just keeps making his YouTube fans prouder everyday!

15. “Don’t Need Nobody,” Ellie Goulding, Delirium. Although I do miss her old folktronica and alt-pop sound, I don’t think this is a bad phase for her.

16. “True Believer,” Avicii, Stories. I don’t know why Avicii went that far in manipulating Chris Martin’s voice but it’s definitely laughable. So just laugh.

17. “I’m In Love With My Life,” PHASES, For Life. Such a fun song and music video!

18. “We’re Coming to You,” the bird and the bee, Recreational Love. I can’t explain the utter bliss I feel whenever I hear this song, but it is quite welcomed.

19. “The Line,” Seoul, I Become a Shade. Almost got to see them live. Seoul is such a beautiful mixture of melancholy and tranquility.

20. “The Less I Know the Better,” Tame Impala, Currents. WHERE HAS AUSTRALIA BEEN HIDING TAME IMPALA?! Gosh, they are amazeballs.

21. “I’m a Ruin,” Marina and the Diamonds, FROOT. I was shocked to find how depressing some of the lyrics were on this album but that doesn’t take away anything from its greatness.

22. “Beautiful Now” (feat. Jon Bellion), Zedd, True Colors. Beautiful now and forever.

23. “Testarossa Music” (feat. Gallant), Zhu, Genesis Series. Testarossa music? Try Testa-sexy music! Amrite?

24. “High Up,” The Maneken, Soulmate Sublime. Never in a million years would I have imagined taking a liking to a Ukrainian artist’s music, but I just love The Maneken’s accent!

25. “Spark,” Until the Ribbon Breaks, A Lesson Unlearnt. Until the Ribbon Breaks kind of reminds me of Anberlin. I can’t wait to hear what they’ve got in store for future projects!

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

6 Things I Learned from My Spotify #YearinMusic

Music junkie that I am, I decided to check out my year in music using Spotify. The results were curated in a pretty cool infographic, which included data about my most played artists, songs, playlists and more using the data collected from the listening habits on my Spotify account.

It was quite the education lesson, I’d say. Here are six things I learned.

1. Apparently I’m into a genre called “Metropolis.” Um, that’s a thing in music-land?

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2. I played the daylights out of RAC, Young the Giant’s Mind Over Matter and Goldroom’s Endless Summer playlist. My ears affirm this algorithmic discovery.

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3. I don’t know how Prince managed to sneak into my fall listening cycle… #ThisShouldntBeUsButHePlayin’

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4. “I Should’ve Guessed” is like, the biggest eargasm in my Starred folder on Spotify. Literally music to my ears.

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5. My music life was empty without Spotify Premium. Now I can listen on the subway all the time! (Until my three months for $0.99 is up in March :/)

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6. Apparently this is how I got over the fact that the weekend was over. Seems legit.
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Spotify also curated a playlist to drool over in 2015. Nothing really stood out to me on it, but I appreciated the opportunity to learn about some new artists!
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Rock out to my Play It Forward playlist in 2015: 

View your #YearinMusic here.