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Music Platform’s End of Year Recaps

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 Many Spotify users were eagerly awaiting the release of Spotify Wrapped 2023 to give their users insights into their music preferences and habits. Spotify personalized each individual on their top artists, top songs, favorite genres, and overall listening trends. Finally on Nov. 29. it finally came out and there were some surprises.

Amaya Diego, a Ridgewood student who is in 11th grade, said, “ The top artist was Avdventura with 98,066 minutes of listening to music and the top song was La carretera by Romeo Santos. It was also surprising because most of the artists were Spanish speaking.”

Carolina Soto, an ITW student who is in 11th grade, said,  “ The top artist was SZA with 35,991 minutes of listening to music and the top song was Pink+White by Frank Ocean. The Spotify Wrapped wasn’t that surprising actually, it was pretty accurate.”

According to Spotify News, there were a total of 574 million people around the world listening to Spotify in 2023. Taylor Swift was this year’s top artist, with more than 26.1 billion global streamers since the start of Jan. 1. The most played song was “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus with a total of 1.6 billion streams globally.

An ironic thing that happened in Spotify was that listeners created over 200,00 break up playlist which they streamed the most during Valentines Day 2023. The top three songs were “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift, “Thank u, next” by Ariana Grande, and “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood.

Many don’t use Spotify as a music listening platform, others use Apple MusicApple Music’s Replay is basically Apple’s version of Spotify Wrapped, it has the overview of the top artist,  top song, top album, etc. The only difference is that Apple Music Replay is available throughout the year. Apple Music Replay was released on Nov. 28. 

The song “Last Night” by Morgan Wallen scores Apples Music’s top global song of 2023, Anti-Hero by Taylor Swift, and SZA behind. The song “SOS” by SZA was the second biggest album of the year on Apple Music worldwide along with being a big win for R&B music.

Jonathan Ramirez, a Taft student who is in 10th grade said “The top artist was Brent Faiyaz with 76,123 minutes of listening to Spotify and the top song was WY@ by Brent Faiyaz. It wasn’t surprising since all the songs that were played were mostly by Brent Faiyaz.”

Overall Spotify Wrapped 2023 and Apple Music Replay was a big hit along with leaving many of their users surprised by seeing all the data that was collected. Think about what kind of new music to listen to this upcoming year!   

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Tania Ramirez, Reporter