I am a sucker for Spotify’s “wrapped” feature, the personal playlist and accompanying animation it makes for users every December filled with data about their listening habits over the previous 11 months. Every year I know it’s coming, and still I’m delighted by it. I listen to music in February and September conscious of how that listening will be represented in “wrapped.” There are always surprises–some pleasant, some cringy.
Did I expect four of my 10 most listened to songs of the year to come from the same album, the glorious return of my adolescent musical obsession, Del Amitri? Absolutely. Did I expect my second most played song of 2021 to be a kitschy Toto impression by John Mayer? Nope.