Spotify Unwrapped: How to Watch (and Rewatch) Your Personalized Year in Music – CNET

Music is an integral part of many people’s lives. Back in the day, the only way to stack-rank your most-listened-to groups was to do so mentally or just by looking at the posters on your walls and examining the wear patterns on your albums or CDs. 

Leave it to the 21st century to codify our listening habits. On Wednesday, music-streaming service Spotify released its annual Spotify Wrapped lists, separating the casual music listeners from the obsessives, the Swifties from the Beatlemaniacs. You can find yours, if you’re a Spotify user, in the app or online.

Spotify Wrapped has been sorting (and judging?) our musical tastes since 2016, even if some people end up with a baby-calming hair dryer as their top artist. But every year, the company freshens the experience by adding some new features. Here’s a look at what’s offered, what’s new and how to rewatch your Spotify Wrapped.

Spotify Wrapped basics

You probably already have a sneaking suspicion, or super-strong feeling, about which artist or bands you listened to the most this year. But the fun of Spotify Wrapped is getting to confirm that, and maybe cringe if an uncool artist wrangled their way into your top five — or feel superior if your artists are all eclectic indie stars about to break out big. Hey, you knew them first.

Spotify Wrapped tells you how many songs you listened to in 2023, and goes into detail about the one you listened to most, including number of times you played that song and even the date you first listened to it. It also assembles a playlist of your top songs.

You can see how many minutes you listened to music and podcasts on Spotify this year and which day you tuned in for the longest amount of time. What exactly was I doing on May 8, anyway, that I had so much time to rock out?

The roundup lists how many different artists you listened to this year, and of course, highlights the musician who came out on top. Some artists, including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, have also recorded short thank-you videos that pop up in your Wrapped roundup. You’re shown a list of your five top artists, plus, for some reason, the month that you listened to them the most. And for your top artist, it ranks you in their fandom, telling you if you’re in the top 20% of Taylor Swift listeners, for example.

Spotify also makes a list of your top five songs and tells you your preferred genre. Mine was simply “pop,” because I’m a Gen X mom. My Gen Z daughter’s was something called “pov: indie,” because she’s way hipper than I am.

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Spotify isn’t leaving any money on the table: Users are even offered exclusive Wrapped merchandise for some of their favorite artists.

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New for Spotify Wrapped 2023: Sound Towns

Where do you live? No, not your address but musically. This year, Spotify Wrapped is assigning some listeners a Sound Town, which is a city somewhere in the world that supposedly matches your listening style. Sound Town should appear as the third entry for eligible users in their personalized Wrapped experience, beginning with “This year, your listening took you places…”

College towns, such as Eugene, Oregon, and Burlington, Vermont, were popular, but the US was far from the only country represented. Sound Towns were globally chosen, apparently, coming from Canada, India and Colombia, among other places.

screenshots of three of the Me in 2023 personality types for Spotify Wrapped: the Alchemist, the Time Traveler and the Hypnotist screenshots of three of the Me in 2023 personality types for Spotify Wrapped: the Alchemist, the Time Traveler and the Hypnotist

Spotify will assign you a listening personality, if you listened enough in the past year.

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Hey! Why didn’t I get a Me in 2023?

As with Sound Town, not everyone’s listening habits qualify them for an assigned Me in 2023 personality. For Me in 2023, users must meet criteria for at least one of the 12 characters. 

As each character is unique, each Me in 2023 character has different requirements. For example, to receive the alchemist, a user must have at least 10 public playlists. If you don’t fit any of the criteria, your Wrapped roundup won’t assign you a character at all. (You’re not alone — I have no character and no Sound Town.)

AI DJ gets involved in Spotify Wrapped 2023

Spotify’s AI DJ, a personalized “host” that talks users through their favorite songs, also gets involved with Wrapped this year. For a week, the AI DJ will offer you commentary and playlists based on your Wrapped list. Fun tip: The DJ voice is modeled on that of Spotify’s head of cultural partnerships, Xavier “X” Jernigan.

How to share your results

Want to share your Spotify Wrapped on social media, and show your entire crowd what an Alex G fan you are? It’s simple to do. Once you’ve watched your Wrapped roundup, as you flick through your Wrapped report again, the option to share will show after certain stats about your listening. You can just click that “share” button to download your result, or post it directly to common social-media apps.

How to watch your Spotify Wrapped again

You can go back and rewatch your Spotify Wrapped roundup as many times as you want. If you prefer the app, just open that and you should see a giant colorful promo that you can click on to replay the whole thing.

You can also go to Spotify Wrapped on the web and replay your roundup there.

Who were the most streamed artists and songs of 2023?

Who’s number one overall for Spotify Wrapped this year? It’s me, hi, I’m the problem it’s me. Or her. It’s Taylor Swift, of course, with more than 26.1 billion global streams. Here are some stats from Spotify.

Most-streamed global artists

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Bad Bunny
  3. The Weeknd
  4. Drake
  5. Peso Pluma

Most-streamed US artists

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. Drake
  3. Morgan Wallen
  4. The Weeknd
  5. Bad Bunny

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