Hey there my friends, so we’ve arrived at the time of the year where the Music Streaming service Spotify, allows you to see a rundown of your activity from the current year. Since December is already underway and I don’t see any dramatic usage changes affecting this all that much so I’ve run their analytics and am sharing the results down below with you all. I’ll speak a little about each image because I am not 100% behind the results and I wonder how they showed like they did. Let’s go.
The begin with the seasons and Winter kicks us off. I know that I listened to the New Years Day song since I reviewed it (right HERE actually), and I don’t recall why but I did look up the classic by Moving Pictures a few times. I think I had heard a terrible cover of this song and decided to stream the original in Spotify. They also show a podcast that my friend at Ghost Cult Magazine is often involved in and my listening to that was to hear what he had to add to the mix. I do not specifically listen or even participate in podcasts.
Of the Spring highlights is the band Squeeze and I was listening to that Greatest Hits release extensively but its always an album that I put on when I just want song after song after song to be something that I know. I loved that particular release and maybe I will do some kind of legacy review of it for good measure. Let’s see what time permits me to do this coming year.
The Summer showed me that Mercyful Fate and the cover of the Roxette song “The Look” was a constant feed on my playing time. I loved that bands take on the classic tunes and had plans on reviewing the single when it came out.
Fall proclaimed that my biggest artist was Kobra and The Lotus and sure I do listen to them because I really enjoy the band, however I don’t think that they were my biggest listen. I think I listened to more Broadway and Soundtracks this past few months to give my head a breather and because I love a number of them.
Number 1 Artist: Mercyful Fate. They cite that I listened to Fate for “5” hours and that my favorite song was “Come To The Sabbath”. Sadly, the fact that KISS or Type O Negative or Nightwish didn’t show as my top artist surprises me since I listen to so much more of their stuff than anyone else. The band HIM is a close fourth I think and BTW, my favorite Fate song is “Melissa” or “Dangerous Meeting”. They are tied IMHO.
Top Artists: The Doobie Brothers, KISS, Ulver and Kobra and The Lotus – I listend to a greatest hits of the Doobies once, the Ulver album twice and maybe Kobra three albums over the year. KISS is a given for me as I do listen to them A LOT.
World Citizen: I love that it recognized my listening to a lot of bands from around the world. To me, “32” countries is a nice bit of ground to have covered and I had to smile when Beast In Black from Finland were cited as one of the top ones from that list. That is pretty correct since I was looking into them a lot based on their heading our way to tour.
Genres: I’m not sure I like the term “Genre Fluid” but if it becomes a thing then so be it. This is close IMHO but I think that I still listened to more Metal than I did traditional Rock and while I know a few artists who play Folk Rock or Pop, I didn’t listen to a lot of that. At least most of this is close to what I like as opposed to all the people pointing out that they got Pop Rap as their top genre and are rather upset about it. I don’t really even know what Pop Rap is.
Top Songs: I see a lot of these are on point as far as songs I enjoyed over the year and I am one of those people that will play a song two, three or four times. This is especially the case when I do review of singles and albums. I am constantly starting and stopping the player to make my notes. It’s easier that way.
Talking About Talking (Part One): They line out the podcasts that I’ve listened to over the year and I will admit that I am not someone who follows these things. I did open up these at one point or another but I do NOT religiously follow any of this kind of stuff. Considering my media workload with two websites and its demands, an 80% full DVR and three streaming services with shows that I need to catch up on, there are more things to do in the day that sitting down to listen to these things is just hard to do. Maybe one day. Maybe I will even launch one myself because I know some readers are wondering why there isn’t one yet.
Talking About Talking (Part Two): This visual is just a summary of the stuff from above. As you see, I’ve only listened to “112” minutes which is what, a little over two hours for the whole year. Outside of hearing what said podcast friend had to say a few times, my love of Film and TV definately had to manifest in this rundown.
Time Spent: So I didn’t listen to as much stuff on Spotify in 2019 as I did over the last two years and I am lower by 5K minutes which is a little under 84 hours. I could open Spotify and just let it play on random for a week and surpass the two referenced big years but that would be cheating. I will likely get another thousand or two minutes done by the complete year end.
Music That Defined My Decade (Part One): Let’s give a shout out to the bands that I find the service telling me defined my listening decade. I don’t think that these were a surprise to me at all and found a lot of Within Temptation, KISS, The 69 Eyes, Marillion and The Ramones making up the first half of this analysis.
Music That Defined My Decade (Part Two): The second half of this long photo finds The Lovin’ Spoonful, Black Veil Brides, Nightwish and Mercyful Fate and well, truthfully speaking this is only really half correct to me. The first of the number was only touched upon a few times for research and I’ve already said my piece on Fate. Love ’em but not as much as Spotify is sharing with the masses.
Artist Of The Decade: I am totally fine with The Ramones being my “Artist Of The Decade” despite feeling it really should have been KISS since I feel I listen to more KISS than The Ramones on any given day, week, month, etc. Either way this is okay with me but I was surprised.
The Closing: This is the whole summary of the “Wrapped” which is designed for sharing across ones socials. I didn’t mind speaking to all of the different sub-screens since it made for an interesting narrative. I’d love for our readers to chime in their own responses to this post with what their top five bands were according to Spotify and the Main Genre you got along with how many minutes you listened. I hope you enjoyed this rundown, I certainly enjoyed scrolling back mentally through time. See you next time.
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