As December approaches each year, Spotify unveils a comprehensive breakdown of the artists, genres, songs, and podcasts that dominated your listening habits in the past 12 months. The 2023 edition of Spotify’s Wrapped year-in-review is now available on the Spotify app, featuring a fresh design while retaining the familiar story-style format. For the first time in a while, users can also access their streaming statistics on desktop via the web. In keeping with tradition, the company provides insights into the user’s year in music, incorporating a few new additions to enhance the annual ritual.
While Spotify has long presented users with lists of their top artists, genres, songs, and podcasts, this year introduces the concept of “listening characters” through a feature called Me in 2023. These characters, ranging from the Shapeshifter—someone swiftly transitioning between artists—to the Alchemist—someone inclined to curate their own playlists, offer a personalized touch to the experience. Another innovative tool, Sound Town, connects users with a city based on their listening preferences and top artists. For instance, if you frequently stream Bad Bunny and Peso Pluma, the app might pair you with Mexico City.
Regarding the customary lists, Spotify has given them a revamp to inject a bit more excitement. Your top five artists will now not only be presented but will also indicate when your peak listening moments occurred for each one. Additionally, next week, Spotify’s AI DJ will provide commentary on your top artists, genres, and songs. The Wrapped experience now integrates with the Blend tool, allowing you to effortlessly compare your music preferences with friends through a mix of your most-listened-to tracks. Artist Messages make a return, with over 40,000 personalized shout-outs for users who have an artist among their top listens.
Naturally, Wrapped serves as the platform’s unveiling of the most-streamed artists, songs, albums, and podcasts globally and in the US. The year 2023 marked the dominance of Taylor Swift, securing the top spot on both the global and US artist charts. Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers” claimed the title of the most popular song worldwide, while Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” held the top position in the United States. Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti” emerged as the most-streamed album globally, while Wallen’s “One Thing At A Time” took the lead in the US. In a predictable turn of events, Joe Rogan’s podcast maintained its reign as the most popular on both the global and United States charts, marking the fourth consecutive year for The Joe Rogan Experience as the top show globally—a fact that the polarizing host is likely to highlight as his current contract with the service approaches its end.
Spotify Wrapped is currently accessible through the company’s iOS and Android applications, as well as the desktop and mobile web. As usual, much of the content is shareable, so brace yourself for an influx of Wrapped lists and graphics on your social channels throughout the week. For Apple Music enthusiasts, the Replay tool for reliving 2023 on that platform is already at your disposal.