You know it’s December when you start to see everyone you follow on social media sharing their Spotify Wrapped results for 2021. It’s a tradition, after all.
This year the streaming service offered some cool in-app features such as determining your “musical aura” and turning your listening habits into a movie soundtrack and, of course, there were some of the genres. the most puzzling we have all come to know and love – even though we had no idea we were listening to such tunes.
While you’re probably already familiar with your own list for the year, you might be curious about what Australia as a whole was listening to in a year of more lockdowns and pandemic uncertainty.
Well, it looks like in the Underlands we just couldn’t get enough of Taylor Swift, who was the most entertaining artist in the land, while Glass Animals’ Heat waves was the nation’s top-showing track for 2021. British indie rockers will be in Australia in 2022 as part of the recently announced lineup for Splendor In The Grass.
Local legend The Kid LAROI was Australia’s most broadcast local artist and was also on the list of best songs to broadcast around the world thanks to his rousing collaboration with Justin Bieber, To stay.
And Olivia Rodrigo also made an appearance on the top of the list – her debut album. Sour, was the most widely distributed album in the country and in the world.
Rodrigo’s tube Driving license was number one streaming song for 2021 with 1.1 billion streams, while Lil Nas X’s Montero (Call me by your name) came second.
Internationally, Dua Lipa’s Nostalgia for the future, Justin Bieber’s Justice, Ed sheeran = and Doja Cat’s Planet her were the most popular albums and the World’s Most Popular Artist Award went to Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny with 9.1 billion streams. Taylor Swift, BTS, Drake, and Justin Bieber rounded out this list.
As for our team here at The Latch, it turns out we’re an eclectic bunch, although the trends for 2021 certainly ring true for Ange Law, our commercial and shopping content editor who joked that his Wrapped playlist “was meant as my annual reminder that I am, in fact, a basic bitch.
“This year (like every other year) Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande were in my top five artists and because of her re-recordings Taylor Swift also made her way,” Law said. “Olivia Rodrigo is also explicit.
“What I’m happy and proud of is the Australian artist couple who also made the cut. Kid LAROI, a proud Kamilaroi, earned his place in my top five for his collaboration with Justin Bieber, TO STAY, but I’m shocked by his song, WITHOUT YOU didn’t make the cut because I had it in high rotation all year round. Apricots by MAY-A was also in my top five and that’s for good reason – if you didn’t roll your car window down while blowing this up, do it.
For publisher Amanda Bardas, a canceled Offspring concert and newborn girl set a different vibe than she gravitated to in previous years.
“For the first time in probably 15 years, my number one genre was punk,” she said, noting that Offspring was among her top performers.
“I was supposed to go see Offspring about a year ago with my friends from high school, I think, and it was canceled due to COVID, so I was making up for it.”
She added, “Normally rap is my number 1, but this year I had a baby and my lonely times have become sitting in the car and playing the punk songs from my youth as loud as possible.”
Thrillist editor Ben Tyers reflected his best songs were “all Dope Lemon,” adding, “I don’t know what that said about my foreclosure experience” while Senior Account Executive Alyce Thomas was amused. by the inclusion of “organic house” on its Top Favorite genres list.
Culture Editor-in-Chief Jack Revell said his Wrapped wasn’t very surprising, but noted that “Red Hot Chilli Peppers got a big boost after reading Scar tissue and Acid for children This year.”
He continued, “I think my Spotify listening leans heavily towards rock because I mostly only listen to DJ sets on YouTube and use Spotify for easier listening / background music or parties and travel. by car.”
As for me, just like last year, my musical tastes have not changed at all. The Rolling Stones have been my most performed artist, closely followed by Foo Fighters, Notorious BIG and RÜFÜS DU SOL.
In terms of genres, I’m still passionate about classic and indie rock and hip hop, but I was intrigued to see “tropical dance” make this year’s list. The only newcomer in my packaging was the soundtrack of In the heights which I absolutely listened to everyday after seeing the amazing movie version of it and recently started playing my belly for my unborn baby to hear (along with a solid collection of jazz, classic, rock and hip hop – so god knows how this kid is going to become).
There you go, I’d say it’s a wrap on Spotify Wrapped for 2021, but we all know we’ll be seeing everyone’s results for about a week more on social media.
Until next year!
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