Check out my Spotify Wrapped with my top artists and songs for 2018!
In December, I always find myself reflecting on the rest of the year. Even though I have no musical talent whatsoever (unless you count belting out “Gunpowder and Lead” on the karaoke machine), music is such a big part of my life. When I listen to certain songs, I travel back in time to happy, upsetting, and exciting times. That’s why I love Spotify Wrapped so much. When I listen to my top playlists from past years, I get transported back to the moments when those songs were on repeat and the significance behind all of them.
2018 was a year of change and growth, and even though Taylor Swift will forever be my top artist, the songs I listened to this year are a direct reflection of all of those changes and all of that growth.
The first song I listened to on Spotify this year was “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars. Even though Bruno didn’t make my top 100 list this year, apparently I couldn’t resist starting the year with him.
The oldest song I listened to was “Rye Whiskey” by Pete Seeger, which was released in 1954. Kyle can be thanked for this one.
I listened to 35,318 minutes of music on Spotify, which is 53% more than last year. Granted, a lot of that was also podcasts. Also, I spent 41 hours specifically listening to Taylor Swift. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. *crickets*
1. Taylor Swift
2. Ariana Grande
3. Kelsea Ballerini
4. Hugh Jackman
I’m not at all surprised by my top five artists, except ole Hugh Jackman. I know I listened to a lot of The Greatest Showman, but I didn’t think it was enough to have him make top five. I ain’t mad though.
As mentioned, I listened to 41 hours of Taylor Swift. As soon as her songs were available on Spotify, I pretty much listened to her all the time. She’s been with me on a lot of road trips and commute. I also became a little obsessed with Ariana Grande this year. One day, I was listening to a song by her with Kyle, and I said, “I guess I love Ariana Grande now.” Since that revelation, I’ve been listening to her quite a bit.
Kelsea Ballerini has been in my top five the past couple of years. I just adore her and her music. She’s opening for Kelly Clarkson on her tour, and I’ve been thinking about going to see them in concert, but admittedly more to see Kelsea than Kelly. Again, Hugh Jackman, random, but also makes sense. And my girl, Kesha. She had one hell of year and life, and she’s still on top and amazing.
1. “no tears left to cry” by Ariana Grande
My obsession with this song actually started before it officially came out. Colleen Ballinger posted a photo on Twitter where she was wearing a sweatshirt that said “no tears left to cry” upside down, and I just wanted one so bad. As soon as the song came out, it was on repeat. Given a little more time, I bet “thank u, next” would’ve surpassed it.
2. “Woman” by Kesha
As soon as Kesha’s new album came out, this was the first song that really caught my ear, and has pretty much been an anthem since the first listen.
3. “I’m a Mess” by Bebe Rexha
I can actually thank Spotify for this one. It was on my Discover Weekly playlist at some point, and I fell in love with it as soon as I heard it. That’s mostly because it’s pretty much my life.
4. “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift
It’s no surprise that Taylor Swift was at the top of all of my Spotify Wrapped lists, but this song is extra special because when I first heard it, I was sitting with Kyle on his couch, and we listened to it together. I think it was the first time he realized how deep my love for Taylor Swift ran.
5. “Gorgeous” by Taylor Swift
Okay, surprise! Taylor Swift has two songs in my top five. She actually has five songs in my top 100, three of them from reputation.
1. Pop (my top genre pretty much every year)
4. Hip Hop
A couple extra things that Spotify included this year for Spotify Wrapped are what star sign you listened to most and some podcast stuff too. I’m a Sagittarius, so naturally, I listen to a lot of songs by Sagittarius artists, namely, again, Taylor Swift. Her birthday is just two days before mine. Christina Aguilera is a Sagittarius as well, and I listened to her a few times this year too, mostly her 90s oldies and her Christmas album.
I hope that next year they include some more stats about podcasts, but this year, they just listed a couple. The two podcasts that I’ve listened to the most this year are Wine & Crime (yes, I made it through all 95+ episodes in a matter of months) and Millennial (even though the only season worth listening to was the first).
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What were your top artists and songs of 2018?