Spotify is trying, I think.

The holiday season is upon us and in celebration, Spotify has curated two playlists for everyone: one with our most-listened-to songs and one to show us new songs.

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In my case, the “Your Top Songs 2018” playlist was boring. If I already listen to songs often, it’s redundant to tell me that. Regardless, it’s a nice thing to have if you have short-term memory loss. For those not inclined to click the link above, these are 10 out of my top 100 songs:

  1. Fly Away From Here” – Aerosmith
  2. Lola – Coca Cola Version” – The Kinks
  3. Resolve” – Foo Fighters
  4. Linger” – The Cranberries
  5. Here Comes Your Man” – Pixies
  6. Hold My Hand” – Hootie and The Blowfish
  7. Better Days” – Citizen King
  8. Plush” – Stone Temple Pilots
  9. Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
  10. When I Come Around” – Green Day

This raises a few suspicions. It is not factual that “Fly Away From Here” received more listening time than “Black Hole Sun,” although these songs are listed as #1 and #9, respectively. To maneuver around this, shuffle the listening order and ignore it. There is no way to fix it.

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This playlist is interesting. Spotify calls it “Tastebreakers.” Some of the selections sound nice, but others sound, well, terrible. I’d rather not be recommended trash 90s songs; however, at least it got the Stevie Wonder part down.

If you were looking for something groundbreaking, look elsewhere. Try Obscurify, which does a better job of analyzing musical tastes. For example, it displays my top genres:

  1. rock
  2. alternative rock
  3. permanent wave
  4. mellow gold
  5. album rock
  6. classic rock
  7. post-grunge
  8. pop rock
  9. hard rock
  10. pop

If you haven’t noticed, rock is a mainstay of my listening pleasure.

The service goes on to provide this information:

  • My music is 30% “more obscure” than 43,822 other Obscurify users.
  • My score is 190 out of something, which I don’t know. The lower the score, the more obscure your tastes are. The global average is 175 out of 110,377 scores.

My top artists within the last scanning period are:

  1. Green Day
  2. Aerosmith
  3. The Runaways
  4. Soundgarden
  5. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  6. Rihanna
  7. Hootie and The Blowfish
  8. Pixies
  9. Dolly Parton

My top tracks are:

  1. Tell Me Something Good” – Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
  2. Madness” – Muse
  3. Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones
  4. Revolution” – The Beatles
  5. I Hate Myself for Loving You” – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
  6. Cake By The Ocean” – Dnce
  7. Creep” – TLC
  8. The Wild One” – Suzi Quatro
  9. 21 Guns” – Green Day
  10. “Southern Cross” – Crosby, Stills, and Nash

The most interesting feature is the “My Moods” section, which details the moods of a selected Spotify account.

  • The happiness level is 20.4% higher than other users.
  • The energy level is 5.4% higher than other users.
  • The “danceability” level is 12.9% lower than other users.
  • The “acousticness” level is 29.7% lower than other users.

Of course, the website tells you who America likes to listen to at any given time.

  1. Kanye West
  2. Drake
  3. Kendrick Lamar
  4. Panic! At The Disco
  5. Twenty One Pilots
  6. The Beatles
  7. Fall Out Boy
  8. BROCKHAMPTON
  9. Childish Gambino
  10. Frank Ocean

And finally, Obscurify provides songs that I might like.

  1. “Tears in the Ocean (Candle Light Mix)” – Jay Sean
  2. “Lonely Stranger” – Eric Clapton
  3. “Low Key” – Mabel
  4. “JoJo” – Boz Scaggs
  5. “Teacher” – Jethro Tull
  6. “I Won’t” – H.E.R.