It's that time of the year again. Your Spotify Wrapped is here, and it's time to let people know exactly what and who you've been listening to in 2020.
More than this, it's important to keep an eye on what your friends and acquaintances have been listening to. If clear red flags aren't your thing, then at least seeing people's taste in music can help establish a lot about their personalities.
This year stands to be a little different, as most of us have been indoors due to the pandemic, and it's more than likely that any music we've been listening to is a direct reflection of our personalities. Let us enlighten you with some of the most important categories to look out for when seeing people's Spotify Wrapped.
The Killjoys aka the Fun Police
These are the people that will go out of their way to ruin any kind of fun that other people are having. Killjoys will let you know immediately that they do not care. Spotify Wrapped makes it pretty easy to find these people because they're usually the ones telling everyone that "no one cares about your Spotify Wrapped". These people cannot enjoy anything and are critical of any kind of fun unless it fits exactly into their definition. Truly a horrible group.
The "I'm Different" type
These are the people who listen to artists like Björk and Fiona Apple and assume they're some endangered species. In their belief, they are the last line of defence against corporates and soulless music. Yes, I'm talking about Steven Wilson fans. This group is the physical embodiment of the "You don't understand me, Mom" meme. But there's another group of people perhaps even worse than this — the ones that listen to Arctic Monkeys or Tame Impala and think they are the only ones with the most unique, and superior taste in music. How do we know that? Because they make it a point to let us know how unique they are by mentioning what music they're into immediately following up with "You've probably never heard of it".
Born in the wrong generation
If anyone's Wrapped has songs exclusively from any decade before the 2000s — run. Run away from them as far as you can. Because they won't shut up about how they're born in the wrong generation, and that listening to hair metal or jazz is some special virtue that is slowly dying. We hope these people will find a time machine and finally get to their favourite decade so we no longer have to hear about how it's so unfortunate that an old soul like them wasn't born in the 50s.
The diverse listener
It's really cool to just see in Wrapped the diverse range of music some people are into. Pick up some good recommendations from them. Chances are, you'll come across a gem of a song/album/artist from just their Top 5 categories. They will also help you discover upcoming artists and genres that you didn't know you needed. Give these guys a "follow", because they'll only help to expand the horizon of your taste in music.
The local music scene has somewhat been in a decline. While there are new musicians and bands coming forward every year, it's not the same as back in the day when live shows were a thing and the underground scene was well established. But thanks to the convenience of streaming, there are many newcomers who can share their music easily through Spotify. Look out for the one dude who listens to a lot of local bands, and you're more than likely to find at least one artist that intrigues you. It's always nice to support local musicians as much as possible.
Your musical soul mate
You're more than likely to find someone who listens to exactly the same kind of music as you. Now, in the regular world, this meet cute is rare, but thanks to Wrapped, it's a whole lot easier. Find people whose taste matches yours, and you can have hours of discussion about your mutual love for an artist that is not The Smiths. In the process, find your new best friend.
Everything aside, it's still important to realise that Wrapped really gives people the chance to come out and discuss something that is universally loved. Music. So, go out there and let everyone know what you're listening to and have a nice and wholesome discussion about it.
Aaqib is still stuck in December 2019. Send him the details on how to make a time machine to firstname.lastname@example.org
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