On a school morning, I’m more likely to forget my wallet at home than my earbuds. I rarely stroll around campus without my music playing. I find power in romanticizing the small things in life and the perfect playlist to listen to on the walk to class is essential for me. If I wake up feeling good about the day, I might have an upbeat mix of songs playing while I prepare to conquer the day. One of my favorite playlists to listen to on my walk to class is Spotify’s “omw” mix. This playlist has the perfect combination of my favorite songs as well as new finds for me to add to my library, which is likely why it was recommended to me by Spotify’s algorithm.
In 2016, I upgraded my Spotify to a premium account after becoming fed up with the excessive ads. The very first album that I listened to in full was “Awaken, My Love!” by Childish Gambino. After being able to listen to such a well-crafted body of work without the disruption of ads, I knew that me and my Spotify account were in it for the long haul. With upgrading my account, I also picked up a new hobby: making playlists. Whenever I have a bit of downtime, I find trivial joy in starting a new playlist on Spotify. The process of putting together a compilation of songs with a specific mood or theme is inexplicably pleasing to me. As MiC Columnist Hannah Nguyen captures beautifully, our Spotify accounts are there for us avid listeners through it all. I resonate deeply with Nguyen’s open letter since I too share a deep fondness for my account and its excessive amount of playlists. Currently, there are over 50 playlists on my Spotify account for each overly specific mood and situation. If I’m spending time with my family, I’ll turn on “Naija”, my playlist made up of my favorite Nigerian songs. Before I go to sleep, I love to play my playlist called “Slow It Down” to listen to mellow R&B while I do my nighttime routine. There’s something about having just the perfect soundtrack to my daily activities that brings about a great amount of satisfaction.
While the playlists that I listen to on Spotify play a small yet very significant role in my life, they also have an extensive impact on the music industry. Music streaming services have become the most popular form of listening to music and with over 165 million premium users on Spotify, they can influence the music industry immensely through the use of playlists.aside id="newspack-ads-widget-8"">