My Year in Spotify

I love data. This is why I keep a spreadsheet that tracks my concert statistics (2017 year in review, coming soon!). So I super love that Spotify gives you an annual look into your listening history.

689 different artists! Amazing.

Some surprising stuff here. I question my top 5 songs a little as I have definitely never listened to “Diamond Heart” or “Lips” on purpose. But I’ll go with it. The stats do not lie.

Do I listen to a lot of brostep? Do you even brostep, bro? I don’t even really know what brostep is. I think that’s what people call Skrillex’ genre. I have never listened to Skrillex on Spotify or really anywhere except a live show.

My top 10! Why is the top 5 different than my other top 5? I have no idea. But yeah this seems mostly accurate. “U Are In My System” has recently made its way back into my frequent rotation after falling off for a few months.

Let’s look at some of the wider Spotify trends this year, shall we?

Most Streamed Artists
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. The Weeknd
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. The Chainsmokers

Most Streamed Female Artists
1. Rihanna
2. Taylor Swift
3. Selena Gomez
4. Ariana Grande
5. Sia

Most Streamed Male Artists
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. The Weeknd
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. Daddy Yankee (who has come a long way since “Gasolina,” I guess – no disrespect because I will always love that song)

The thing that bothers me about this list is that pretty much all of the top male artists come before the top female artists and while this doesn’t surprise me, we should be past this by now. WOMEN ARE TALENTED, YOU GUYS. Even Taylor Swift, who I don’t like. Sia, I would like to SEE YA higher on this list.

And with that delicious pun, I believe it is my bed time.

Anyone have any interesting Spotify insights to share with the class?



Opening Up My Time Capsule

If you’re a Spotify user, you probably spent significant time at the end of September browsing through – if not listening to – your Time Capsule playlist. Time Capsules are personalized playlists meant to capture roughly 2 hours of nostalgia for your teens and early 20s.

I took a quick glance at my Time Capsule when it launched in September but stopped myself because I wanted to give it the time it truly deserved; to listen through and really feel the songs to see which ones evoked some kind of memory for me.

Well, I didn’t think it would take 6 weeks but I’m finally ready to dissect my Time Capsule! Below are 10 highlights that really stood out to me. Listen to all the goodness at the bottom.

1. Everclear – So Much For The Afterglow
Everclear was, I think, the first concert I went to in high school that involved my friends and I taking the train into the city (no parents!). I pretended I enjoyed it, but I didn’t. I lost my friends early on and spent the rest of the time getting jostled by the crowd. I loved, and still love, Everclear. But that was not fun for me.

2. Green Day – Basket Case
Another amazing song but this suggestion offends me because Dookie came out in 1994 and I was not a teenager then. I’m not as old as you clearly think I am THANKS SPOTIFY.

3. Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On
Okay I mean I devoted an entire blog post to this song, so.

4. Ben Folds Five – Philosophy
Okay this is a little weird because I listened to this song about 6 times today before I even knew I was going to crack my Time Capsule open.

5. The Verve Pipe – The Freshmen
I have very explicit memories of singing this song in my 1st period History class as a freshman in high school because it’s a song about freshmen and “we were merely FRESHMEN” and oh, the hilarity.

6. Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
No, no, no. This song came out in 1994 (still not a teenager in that year) and even though I haven’t watched the music video probably since around that time, I remember finding it creepy. The black hole sun was weird.

You know what? I’m going to watch that video right now. For the first time in over 20 years. Excuse me.

OH HELL NO. I made it 30 seconds in and I can’t watch anymore it’s CREEPIER THAN I REMEMBER. The weird faces! Hard pass. Here’s the video in case you want to see it, though, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Ugh.

7. Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine
Seriously? I heard of Explosions in the Sky for the first time in 2016. I had no idea they were this old.

8. Missy Elliot – Work It
Yep, Missy is on here twice because she deserves it. I used to love singing this song in college and hearing one friend in particular make a very concerted effort to sing the backwards parts.

9. Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
Ah, memories. How I loved singing about “flamingo dancers” before I had ever heard of flamenco.

10. Blackstreet – No Diggity
I don’t have a specific memory of this song but it’s a classic. Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like this song? Of course you haven’t. Here are 5 excellent “No Diggity” covers that I compiled a few years ago.

The “Not My President” Playlist

If you’re reading this, you most likely voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. And if you voted for Hillary Clinton, you’re probably still experiencing some residual pain, anger, and/or fear at the thought of what a Donald Trump presidency really means for this country.

I decided to add to my slowly-growing collection of Spotify playlists by putting up a post on Facebook asking people to tell me what songs were speaking to them right now, in the wake of the election. Click on the Spotify logo to be taken to the playlist, or check out the list of songs in the “Not My President” playlist below.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed. This is a solid, diverse list, and while it shows mostly sadness and anger, there’s a smidge of humor and hopefulness in there as well.

And hey, if you voted for Donald Trump, then just enjoy some good tunes, I guess.


1. 2Pac – “Changes”
2. 10,000 Maniacs – “What’s the Matter Here?”
3. AC/DC – “Highway to Hell”
4. Arrested Development – “Revolution”
5. The Beatles – “The End”
6. The Beatles – “Yesterday”
7. Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
8. Blue Oyster Cult – “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”
9. Carly Simon – “You’re So Vain”
10. CeeLo Green – “Fuck You”
11. Common – “Glory”
12. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Bad Moon Rising”
13. David Bowie – “I’m Afraid of Americans”
14. David Bowie – “This Is Not America”
15. The Doors – “The End”
16. Gary Jules – “Mad World”
17. Gil Scott-Heron – “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”
18. Gramatik = “Illusion of Choice”
19. Green Day – “American Idiot”
20. GRiZ – “Gotta Push On”
21. Guy Fox – “Let’s Move to Canada”
22. Imogen Heap – “Hide and Seek”
23. Jefferson Airplane – “Volunteers”
24. John Mayer – “Waiting on the World to Change”
25. Kanye West – “New Slaves”
26. Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
27. Ledinsky – “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWannaSmokeCrack”
28. Lily Allen – “Fuck You”
29. Method Man – “Judgement Day”
30. Nas – “The World is Yours”
31. Nas – “My Country”
32, Neil Young – “Southern Man”
33. Nina Simone – “Mississippi Goddam”
34. Nine Inch Nails – “The Day the World Went Away”
35. Plain White T’s – “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)”
36. Pretty Lights – “Change Is Gonna Come”
37. Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”
38. R.E.M. – “It’s the End of the World As We Know It”
39. Rage Against the Machine – “Wake Up”
40. Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
41. The Smiths – “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
42. Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”
43. Three Days Grace – “I Hate Everything About You”
44. YG/Nipsey Hussle – “FDT”

New Playlist: Starts With P

Of all the theme parties I attended in college (and there were many), my favorite was probably “Starts with P,” which I was fortunate to have as a party theme on more than one occasion.

The premise is pretty simple: dress up as something that starts with the letter “P.” It’s a beautifully freeing theme which, unlike most college theme parties, does not mandate that women dress provocatively. It also allows those who are more tentative about putting on a costume to do something less extravagant without feeling half-assed.

(For the record, I was a big fan of dressing up as a pirate, and probably still would if I encountered this theme ever again. Maybe when I start my dream festival I’ll have a “starts with P” theme day.)

Anyway, I had the brilliant idea *pats self on back* for a “Starts with P” Spotify playlist, we are! No other explanation necessary. Click on the Spotify logo, and enjoy!

I realize the Spotify embed may not be working – so if that is the case, click on over to the playlist the old fashioned way, because technology is a jerk sometimes.

Introducing: Curated Playlists!

Putting together curated playlists has been on my bloggy to-do list for months.  And while I have a ton of ideas for themes, I never actually put any playlists together… until now!

My first playlist is entitled, “Ladies I Love,” and it’s full of songs by female artists (duh). While I don’t love the fact that making a no-boys-allowed playlist was even a consideration, the fact of the matter is that my music library is sadly male-dominated and I will likely end up making a number of playlists comprised only of male artists without even trying to do so. So here is a list of kickass women that spans multiple genres.

While I like to think that I can occasionally the purveyor of new, awesome music, there are lots of familiar names on here because how could I make a Ladies I Love playlist without Britney Spears or Adele? I’m only human.

Click the Spotify logo to be taken directly to the playlist, and check out the track list below for a preview!


Ladies I Love
1. Mapei – “What’s Innit 4 Me”
2. Mo – “No Mythologies to Follow”
3. Santigold – “Can’t Get Enough of Myself”
4. ZZ Ward – “Put the Gun Down”
5. Lindsey Stirling – “Take Flight”
6. Britney Spears – “Work Bitch”
7. Rezz – “Lost”
8. Maddy O’Neal – “No Master Plan”
9. Katy Perry – “Roar”
10. Lady Gaga – “Dope”
11. Tkay Maidza – “Brontosaurus”
12. Rye Rye – “Bang”
13. Ke$ha – “Take It Off”
14. Gwen Stefani – “Used to Love You”
15. Missy Elliot – “WTF (Where They From)”
16. Lorde – “Tennis Court”
17. HAIM – “Let Me Go”
18. Bonnie Tyler – “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
19. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang”
20. Adele – “When We Were Young”