Year in Music

Images are screen shotted from Spotify’s Year In Music service

It’s the end of the year and what a year 2015 has been for music. With my first festival (Glastonbury 2015) this year, 2015 has been one of my most “musical”.

In this post, I aim to highlight and share the music that made my year, through the use of Spotify’s “Year in Music” feature. Specifically, I take a look at my Top Artists, Top Albums, Top Tracks and some general statistics relating to the music I listened to in 2015.

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2. Bassnectar with 249 streams
3. Rammstein with 197 streams
4. Slipknot with 178 streams
5. The Vaccines with 169 streams

This top 5 clearly demonstrates how varied my music tastes are. Hot Chip are an electro indie band, Bassnectar is an EDM artist, Rammstein and Slipknot are Nu-Metal bands (the fact that Rammstein are a German band emphases this point further) and The Vaccines are an indie rock band.

So why are these artists my most listened to of 2015?

Well, Hot Chip and The Vaccines were, in my opinion, two of the best bands of Glastonbury 2015. Hot Chip were the band I was most looking forward to seeing in the build up for Glastonbury, after first listening to them after the line up announcement. The Vaccines’ set was simply amazing and it later resulted into me buying their complete back catalogue and, subsequently, a lot of streams…

So where do the others come in?

For the last 7 years or so I’ve been a big metal fan after a friend from school introduced me to the genre. Rammstein just so happened to be one of the bands he introduced me to and I later went on to discover bands like Slipknot through my own accord. Moreover, the fact that Rammstein are headlining Download 2016 meant a lot of streams as part of my Download 2016 playlist (a post about this will be up soon!).

What about Bassnectar?

Well, back in June, before Glastonbury Festival, I spent a week in Amsterdam with friends from university. It was a ‘recreational holiday’ (if you get what I mean) and we were thinking about taking truffles (the safer more ‘legal’ version of shrooms). Expecting a trip, I looked for suggestions of what to listening to while tripping and Bassnectar was the most recommended. Unfortunately I didn’t take enough to trip out, but I did discover a good artist. Silver linings and all that.

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2. NSVB Remixes by Bassnectar, with 99 streams
3. Rosenrot by Rammstein, with 88 streams
4. Reise, Reise by Rammstein, with 84 streams
5. In Our Heads by Hot Chip, with 80 streams

It’s probably to be expected that Hot Chip, Bassnectar and Rammstein would feature in my Top Albums, after having just seen my Top Artists of 2015. The Prodigy however, might have been bit of a surprise.

When “The Day is My Enemy” was first released, I quite quickly gave it a listen since I am a long time Prodigy fan. The songs off the album I liked the most were then my anthem for my next week or so, before finding something else to pick up. It was only this week that I actually bought the album physically.

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2. Rage by Sander van Doorn, with 57 streams
3. Five More Hours by Deorro x Chris Brown
4. Creeping in the Dark by Majestic and Jungle 70, with 56 streams
5. Karate by R3hab, with 55 streams

After having just seen my Top Artists and Top Albums of 2015, and noticing that they’re from various genres, it might be a bit surprising to see that all of my Top Tracks of 2015 are EDM songs.

Truth be told, although I don’t dance, I am a big fan of Electronic Dance Music and Festivals like Tomorrowland, Tomorrow World and EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) are definitely on my Bucket List. I don’t know what it is about the genre, but it just fills me with energy and if I was one to dance, I would.

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Yes you are reading that correctly. I listened to Lonesome Street by Blur 23 times in the same day. What can I say? It’s a great song and my favourite off their 2015 album “The Magic Whip” (although Go Out comes pretty close…). There’s nothing not to love with Lonesome Street! It’s got a great rift, catchy chorus and a rather strange music video. So if you haven’t already heard it, go give it a listen and check out the music video while you’re at it!

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Another statistic that might make you think twice, but I assure you it’s true, is the fact that I listened to 39 DAYS worth of music in 2015. Now that’s a lot of music… and that’s not including all the music I listened to through other services like Soundcloud, YouTube and Music Channels!

All in all though I think this is a target to beat next year. I think I could quite easily hit the 100,000 minute milestone if I listened to Spotify exclusively. #lifegoals

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915 different artists might sound like a lot, but in reality it’s nothing when you consider things like Spotify’s Weekly Discovery playlist. (If you don’t know what this is, every week Spotify suggests 30 songs for you based on your listening habits).

As well as the fact that I purposefully seek out new music through recommendations on; YouTube, Music Blogs, Magazines, Radio, TV, Spotify and anywhere you can find music (Racing games, Forza Horizon, can be really good for finding music!), 915 different artists might seem a bit on the low end!

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Again, 2200 different tracks may sound like a lot but it’s not too much if you think about it. Let’s say that an album has 12 tracks, that’s only 184 different albums… Okay thats quite a lot.

Anyway, that was my ‘Year in Music’. My Top Artists, Albums and Tracks have been laid bare for you to scrutinise and judge. I shall be sharing my Top Albums of 2015 (based upon the ones I’ve listened to) over the next couple days, so be sure to look out for that.

Happy New Year!

What music have you been listening to this year? Who are your most played artists? What are your most played songs? Let me know on Twitter @pieces_of_time



2 thoughts on “Year in Music”

  1. Wow, that’s impressive. This is such a neat service from Spotify. It’s so intriguing to see all these statistics. Definitely some targets to beat next year, innit? Also, Hot Chip are so good! Good call. If you don’t listen to them already, I think you should check out Cut Copy and The Presets (two different artists). Cheers!

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