Spotify Wrapped is a national holiday for all music lovers around the world. Some of us live our lives vicariously through music, whilst others only have it on when they drive or study. Here at KZUU, we have a wide-range of tastes, lots of favorites, and love sharing the music we love with everybody. This week, some members from Palouse Music Community take over, as we share our most streamed from Spotify this year.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: UNTITLED BY KATE BOLLINGER (615 STREAMS)
I found Kate Bollinger while trying to find new easy listening artists. When I came across her, I was instantly entranced by her voice, as well as how calming the music was. For a while, I would play her I Don’t Wanna Lose album on repeat before I went to sleep at night because it relaxed me so much. As for the other songs, they range in importance due to the meaning behind the lyrics and the catchiness of the beats. I wouldn’t change a thing about my Spotify wrapped!
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: BEFORE WE DRIFT AWAY BY NOTHING BUT THIEVES (68 STREAMS)
They all some funky beats to them. The thing I love most about their music is that most of their songs tell a story either melodically or lyrically. Personally, I binge listen to all of them so I wouldn’t change a thing.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: Remedy BY Clear Conscience (67 STREAMS)
My wrapped ended up with reggae-rock as my top genre and reggae musicians as my top 5 artists. This is very accurate to what I listen to (Apple Music wrapped), but if you looked at my Spotify wrapped the results would be seem pretty off for me. I only use Spotify to listen to playlists friends send me which are mostly rap, so my top 5 on there are people I would normally never listen to on my own. I don’t think I would change anything about my wrapped this year.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: ROMANTIC BY MANNEQUIN PUSSY (38 STREAMS)
My top five songs were: Romantic by Mannequin Pussy, Alrighty Aphrodite by Peach Pit, Mad Funny Freestyle by Amine, masquerade by siouxxie sixxsta, and Lauren by Men I Trust. All of which make sense, except for the Amine song. I saw him in concert last March and binged his album for a month after and that’s probably why it ended up on there, but I don’t feel like I listened to him all that much.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: MIDNIGHT SUN BY NIULFER YANYA
My top 5 artists were Kendrick Lamar, Kenny Beats, Faye Webster, MF Doom, and Ethel Cain. Four of these make sense, but I’m slight confused how MF Doom ended up on there because I have Madvillainy on vinyl and the only time I listen to him is on vinyl. Maybe Spotify was listening to me when I thought I was listening to Spotify? Kendrick’s a no brainer, because whenever there’s a new Kendrick album I listen to that shit on repeat for at least a month. Kenny Beats was kind of surprising, but I did thoroughly enjoy his album LOUIE and still listen to it front-to-back to this day. Faye Webster will never not be on my top 5 artists list. Her music is meant for driving on some back roads in Pullman, and if you’ve ever spent a summer here you’ll know that’s all there is to do. Ethel Cain rounded out my top 5 due to the release of her immaculate album Preacher’s Daughter. I imagine she’ll be in my top 5 for years to come.
My top 5 most listened to songs were Midnight Sun by Nilufer Yanya, Father Time by Kendrick Lamar, Right Side of My Neck by Faye Webster, Olympus by Blondhell, and Thoroughfare by Ethel Cain. I was kinda surprised Nilufer Yanya didn’t make my top 5 artists list, but I think that has more to do with the fact that I got her album Painless on vinyl very early in the year. Considering this, it’s quite impressive that Midnight Sun was my top song. Father Time by Kendrick is a song I keep coming back to. The feature from Sampha, the lyrics, and the overall message of the track make it one of the best songs released this year. Right Side of My Neck by Faye Webster is the only track not released from 2022 on my list, and that’s a testament to how beautiful it is. Faye’s voice floats over the stripped back acoustic instrumentals almost effortlessly. Being from Atlanta, there’s a southern twang throughout, and for someone who doesn’t like country, this is the perfect amount of southern twang. It can be incredibly hard to find the perfect amount in a track, but Faye does it perfectly on Right Side of My Neck. Olympus by Blondshell is from a brand new artist that’s bound to break out over the next couple years or so. Give this female led loud rock group a listen today and thank me later. Thoroughfare by Ethel Cain is a 9-minute rock ballad that sweeps you off your feet. Her voice is incredible, and the instrumentals are even better. Even though Spotify told me my favorite track was Midnight Sun, in my personal opinion this is my favorite track from the year 2022.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: ZERO BY THE SMASHING PUMPKINS (68 STREAMS)
I don’t think there’s been a year where I’ve been unhappy with my wrapped, but every year, for the past 7 years, Arctic Monkeys has been my top artist. I really don’t think I listen to them THAT often but apparently I do. Out of the 2,197 artists I listened to this year, I was still in their top .5% of listeners. I’ve really leaned more into rock, post-punk, and alternative rock this year than I have other years. I think its funny that most of my streams from Zero came from the day I got hooked on it, and the next day and a half where I just had it on repeat. Lots of new music was found this year, many old favorites, makes me look forward to see what my taste evolves into next.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: PARTICLES BY NOTHING BUT THIEVES (99 STREAMS)
I think this year, I really tried to find some new sounds that were heavy but are also melodic. I noticed that my listening habits had changed from the comfortable stuff I have been rocking out to for the past few years. This year was different and found a lot of new bands and I think Spotify told me that I had listened to 126 different genres which blows my mind that there is that much variety they have covered. Going down the list here, my top five artists were Nothing But Thieves, Highly Suspect, The Neighbourhood, Badflower and Muse. In addition, my top five songs were Particles (NBT), Move Me (Badflower), Sleepwalker (Tigercub), .intoodeep. (Dead Poet Society) and youth (Cleopatrick). It’s always a treat for all of us music lovers here at KZUU to get our wrapped and I hope you are enjoying your custom made playlist just as much as I am.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: BAD DREAM BABY BY HIPPO CAMPUS (84 STREAMS)
Honestly i think that this is the first time in a really long time that I’m extremely happy with the way my Spotify Wrapped ended up. Mickey Darling taking the #1 spot just makes sense for me. I got the opportunity to sit down and chat with both members of Mickey Darling when I saw them in Seattle and they truly are amazing people, we ended the night eating IHOP at 2am with them. So in return I had to make sure they were my #1. My #2 spot gets taken by SEB this year, and I definitely listened to him more at the beginning of the year, his music brings me more of a summer feeling. Future.Exboyfriend was my #3 on my wrapped and again this makes perfect sense for me, I also had the opportunity to meet them in March at Treefort Music Festival and ever since then they have been a constant listen for me. Getting to #4 on the list sits Foster The People and I think they have made my top 5 for the past few years now. Foster The People has always been one of my favorite bands, the first CD I ever owned was their album Torches and to this day that is my favorite album. And to wrap up my top 5 list, the moss sit at #5, I really enjoy the moss and their surf rock sound that they have, I feel like ive really been able to connect to their music. I was able to see them live and sit down to talk with the band also at Treefort in March. So the common theme of my top 5 this year is artists / bands that I have been given the opportunity to sit down and talk with. Overall I’m very happy with my Spotify Wrapped this year