Spotify Wrapped – your year of music in review

2021 has been a tough year, there’s no denying it. Have our music choices been affected because of this or do the same artists appear for you time and time again? Every Spotify user looks forward to this Christmas treat. What does yours say to you?

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Credit: Spotify

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…and it just gets better and better thanks to our pals over at Spotify. The world’s biggest streaming store just love to bring gifts to their users. Whether you’re a fan of Spotify Wrapped or if you think it’s cringe, you can’t deny you have to check who your most played artists are. It becomes slightly addictive. We all just need to know. Have our guilty pleasures broken through to our stats? Are you a loud and proud sharer? Or are you a “I’m way too cool for this” but secretly lives for it user?

🎁 What is Spotify Wrapped?

If you don’t know, then where have you been all these years? Spotify Wrapped is one of the best loved features of the streaming store. Each year the streaming giants round up their user’s most played artists and tracks and place them into a summary. You get to see who has been played the most throughout the previous year. What type of genres you clearly prefer, and you’ll see your habits when it comes to music.

It causes a storm every single year. Some people love it and some hate it. You could call Spotify Wrapped the marmite of the music world. While some people wait all year for it and rush to share it all over their social media accounts, you’ll also find others have something negative to say about this. Usually along the lines of “no one cares about your Spotify Wrapped”. We do, I promise.

The gift that keeps on giving

I bet you’ll even find the ones who think they’re too cool for Spotify Wrapped checking their account just out of curiosity. Be loud and proud about it though. Show it off like it’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received. You listen to those artists for a reason, why be ashamed about it? We love it. It’s always fun to see those artists pop out of the woodwork. You know the ones you’d have never seen coming? I swear I haven’t listened to them that much… Well, it turns out you have.

Not only will you be able to see your favourite artists, but you’ll also get to see what podcasts you’ve been loving. It will show you your favourite genres and how many minutes you’ve spent listening to music on the app. *Big gulp* That one could be a shocker. I really spend that long on Spotify? This year we’re expected to see some bigger artists sharing videos thanking their fans for listening to them throughout the year.

💝 How to access Spotify Wrapped

You’ll need to be a Spotify user (obviously) and this year it can only be accessed via the app. Sorry to all you desktop lovers out there. It looks like you’ll have to download Spotify to your phone if you want to join in the fun. This will be available on both IOS and Android though. Honestly the process is really easy. All you need to do is head onto the app and on the homepage you’ll see Spotify Wrapped. You can delve into things deeper and check out your favourite artists or tracks. That’s where you’ll find all of your information about what has been keeping you busy for this past year.

I find it quite funny when people share a Spotify account, purely because their tastes must vary even if it’s only slightly. Imagine having two people on opposite ends of the music world though and their tracks being combined. I guess it’s a game of who uses the account the most. If anything it would tell me I needed my own account. I couldn’t have someone else messing with my stats, that’s no fun, right?

🔝 Top UK artists of 2021

For all my fellow UK Spotify listeners out there, or for anyone who’s interested in how listening habits vary from country to country. Listen up! We have access to the UK’s top artists of 2021 according to Spotify Wrapped. Also, we’ve got not so secret info on popular podcasts and tracks.

📌 Information gathered from the Evening Standard here.

Most Streamed Artists in the UK

  1. Drake
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. Juice WRLD

Most Streamed Songs in the UK

  1. good 4 u by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. drivers license by Olivia Rodrigo
  3. Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran
  4. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name) by Lil Nas X
  5. Heat Waves by Glass Animals

Most Streamed Albums in the UK

  1. SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo
  2. = by Ed Sheeran
  3. Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
  4. Planet Her by Doja Cat
  5. Justice by Justin Bieber

Most Streamed UK Artists Globally

  1. Dua Lipa
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Coldplay
  4. One Direction
  5. Queen

Most Popular Podcasts in the UK

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. Times news briefing
  3. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
  4. JaackMaate’s Happy Hour
  5. Sh**ged Married Annoyed

You can join in with all the action over on Twitter, people love it. Make sure you’re using the hashtag #SpotifyWrapped, so you can get involved with others. Share your own and see what others have been listening to. You might find someone with a similar taste to you. Inspire each other to listen to new artists and tracks. Don’t forget to tag us at @fmPUSH though, we want to see your favourites!

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