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, we have 7 more of our DJ’s share their Wrapped, with some of their sweet, funny, and feel-good reasons behind their line-up.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: HELL N BACK BY BAKAR (79 STREAMS)
My Wrapped was spot on this year! Being from California, there’s nothing quite like listening to sublime while driving down the coast which I did a lot this summer. Mac Miller and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were there for me when I was both sad and glad. Bakar‘s Hell N Back song scratched an itch in my brain over and over again. And lastly, Jack Harlow was my go to in the gym this year.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: ALL THE YOUNG DUDES BY MOTT THE HOOPLE
I feel like Spotify doesn’t analyze what artists you listen to in a year, I feel like it mostly just picks how many saved songs you have by artists in all your saved songs. I like The Weeknd but he definitely isn’t my top artist that I listened to this year. Also I literally don’t listen to rap hardly at all anymore but it says it’s my top genre? Weird. Same with all my top artists honestly except Fauni. Anyways, I loved the top song so much, it was from the movie Juno.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: GILA BY BEACH HOUSE (186 STREAMS)
My favorite artists of the year were Beach House, Lord Huron, Van Morrison, BabyJake, & TV Girl (Song wise). All really laid back easy listening music that I can play all day.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: LEAN 4 REAL BY PLAYBOI CARTI (12 STREAMS)
My use of Spotify is limited to station-related listening, so most of my streaming is split between Apple Music and YouTube Music. As you’ll see below, I use them for wildly different purposes.
On Apple Music, my three most-listened albums for 2022 were Die Lit by Playboi Carti, Whole Lotta Red by Playboi Carti, and Self-Titled by Playboi Carti. Even my top song was his. I’m almost embarrassed, but I will live and die by the fact that Carti has been one of the most groundbreaking and prolific rappers of the last 10 years.
On YouTube Music, however, my Wrapped was dominated by Owl City. Friends and family will know that I’m a stan of Adam Young rivaling K-Pop Twitter, and my YTM top song proves that. The Joshua Micah single Let The Light In featuring Owl City was on loop this year, which I find especially funny because it is very clearly a Christian song and I am not Christian.
Other top artists for me included Carly Rae Jepsen, country singer Taylor Leonhardt, electro-house producer No Mana, and folk legend Gordon Bok. I guess next time you need a playlist with heavily-distorted trap alongside soulful ballads and EDM I’m the right guy to call. I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: THE LOGICAL SONG BY SUPERTRAMP (51 STREAMS)
It is super fitting that my top artist was Tame Impala. I think for the past 3 years, Tame Impala has been my #1 artist, and a song by him has almost always been in my top 5 songs since I’ve had Spotify. I can confidently say Tame Impala is my favorite artist of all time. It also makes a lot of sense that Led Zeppelin, The Clash, and The Beatles are in my top 5 artists. I am definitely a lover of classic rock and truly any type of rock, so I can’t say I’m surprised that those artists are in my top 5 artists. I also love to see that Laundry was in my top 5 artists! Over the summer, I went to one of their smaller concerts in Seattle, and I began to love their music even more, constantly listening to it following the concert. As for my top 5 songs, I am not surprised that The Logical Song by Supertramp was my #1 song. I vividly remember hearing that song in a movie this past year, and having it remind me of a song I think I had somewhat forgotten. My dad loves that song, so kind of rediscovering it again was amazing and I definitely became instantly obsessed as I’ve always loved that song because of my dad. To also have London Calling and Rock the Casbah by The Clash on my top 5 songs is awesome, because I definitely went through a little bit of a Clash phase this past summer. I also can’t say I’m surprised This Charming Man by The Smiths was on my top #5 songs; a little basic but always a great song. As for Kiyote by Rumspringa, that was a totally random song that I had discovered and fell in love with. I remember hearing that song for the first time and listening to it over and over again. I don’t think I’d want to change anything about my Spotify Wrapped, but I truly think there are some songs that deserve some recognition for being in my top 100 (I honestly thought they’d be higher up) such as Wash My Hands Shorty by the I.L.Y’s, Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin, Earth Worship by Rubblebucket, Commercials by Laundry, The Boat I Row by Tame Impala, and Tape Deck Sick by the DMA’s.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: SIMPLY THE BEST BY NOAH REID (98 STREAMS)
I’ve never paid much attention to Spotify Wrapped. But, looking at my top 5 songs from 2022 reminded me of just how much the music I’m listening to represents what’s going on around me. I found it funny just how perfectly my Top 5 lined up chronologically with what happened in my life this year.
My top song was Simply the Best. It’s from the show Schitts Creek, which I began watching in February. The song is an integral part of one of the main love stories in the show. At the same time I discovered this song, I was beginning a new relationship with someone who was and is simply the best. I eventually shared this song with my partner, so now we both hold it very near and dear to our hearts.
I was listening to the second and third most listened to songs on my wrapped a lot as my relationship grew. Invisible String is about the mysterious nature of finding your soulmate. How everything in your lives seems to pull you together at just the right time. Cliche is a simple, cute love song about finding your partner in crime.
The last two songs on my Top 5 are As It Was by Harry Styles and Fast Times by Sabrina Carpenter. I was listening to both of these ALL THE TIME during the summer. I had a job I really hated, and needed upbeat music to keep me motivated. I probably listened to each of these songs at least three times a day.
I wouldn’t change anything about my wrapped because I think it perfectly encapsulates my year, and I can’t wait to see what my wrapped next years looks like compared to this one.
TOP SONG OF THE YEAR: never anyone but you by the clientele (48 streams)
Music is undoubtedly among the most impactful artforms of today. It is nuanced enough that it can be used to create thousands upon thousands of unique songs, all with different lyrical themes, melodies, instrumentation, and so much more, all while attracting the attention of millions of people each day. Some of this variation is reflected in my Spotify Wrapped; the music of Alice In Chains is dark and brooding, with lyrics that describe the frustrations and pains nearly universally known by modern people (although I am an abundantly happy person and don’t necessarily empathize with these messages, the fact that Alice In Chains is my most listened to artist demonstrates how intrinsically attractive these kinds of songs are), while the French Cassettes and Young the Giant offer music of a far more triumphant, uplifting, feel-good variety. From Indian Lakes is perhaps the most subdued artist on this list, although his work represents some of the most musically intricate and skillful work I’ve ever heard. Finally, Marty Robbins is simply a turbochad (although his music does offer an escape to a time and place where life was simpler and more romantic). Music has an incredible quality to entirely change and transform one’s existence from moment to moment through the combination of its variety and emotional weight, and it is this quality that I most enjoy.