Hurrying to their classroom for next period, students packed the hall shoulder to shoulder with AirPods plugged into their ears. They subconsciously do the usual four clicks to open the Spotify app and start playing their everyday playlist. However, as the app launches, they notice a brand new playlist in the ‘Recommended For Me’ section called ‘Best of the Decade For You.’ As users eagerly shuffled the playlist, they are taken through a daydream of the entire decade led by familiar melodies.
Spotify Wrapped’s latest release allows users to recap their decade by showing them data of how many minutes they listened to music, their tops songs and that specific users’ ‘Artist of the Decade.’ The data shared recapped a decade of music and podcasts for all Spotify users.
Users were given information regarding their top artist and how much time they spent listening to that specific person. Photo credit: Emma Dantas ’21
“I think its cool to look back on old music I’ve listened to and see how my music taste has changed over the years,” Jillian Levin ’21 said. “I also was able to rediscover older songs from earlier in the decade.”
After Taylor Swift was announced as the ‘Artist of the Decade’ at the 2019 American Music Awards (AMA), Spotify denoted each users Artist of the Decade based off of user data inside the apps software.
All around the school, word was buzzing about who everyone's artist of the decade was. Some even took screenshots of the data Spotify gave out and posted it on their Instagram or Snapchat stories for friends to see.
Three of the most common names labeled as ‘Artist of the Decade’ amongst the Staples community were Taylor Swift (matching the AMA results), Drake and Post Malone.