To all those who celebrate, happy Spotify Wrapped. And to all those who don’t, commiserations. It might be one month before the official end of 2023, but for music lovers the year is basically already over: Spotify Wrapped has finally dropped. We’re sure you already knew that though, even if you don’t have the app.
Spotify’s annual roundup of everyone’s most listened to artists and songs throughout the past year has fast become an event in its own right, surpassing some of the more irrelevant holidays (Pancake Day, we’re looking at you) in popularity and festivity.
For those who don’t partake in the annual event (Apple Music users, for instance) this time of year is excruciating. Nobody cares that your most listened to artist this year was Drake; in fact, that’s something you should probably keep to yourself.
But anyway, since we already know everyone’s personal Spotify Wrapped for 2023, given the tradition of posting it all over your socials – unwarrantedly, I might add – let’s discuss who the overall winners of music in 2023 were.
Taylor Swift was the most streamed artist in 2023, with more 26.1 billion global streams since the start of the year, an impressive feat that’s thanks to her dedicated fans. She was followed by Bad Bunny, the same artist who was recently declared Forbes new “King of Pop,” dethroning MJ.
Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd came in third, obviously proving that people have forgotten about his performance on The Idol, and he was followed by Drake who’s eighth studio album For All The Dogs dropped earlier this year. Finally, in fifth place was Mexican artist, Peso Pluma.
So to summarise, it’s exactly the same as last year, apart from the fact that BTS has been ousted from the list by Peso Pluma. (The BTS army will not be happy about this, I’m sure.) Plus, 2022’s Spotify Wrapped had Bad Bunny in first, and Taylor Swift second; but this has been a big year for Swifties.
In terms of the music we loved in 2023, Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” was at the top of the list (no wonder, given how overplayed that song was), followed by SZA’s “Kill Bill”, and then Harry Styles’ “As It Was”. K-Pop is still evident in the top five, as Jung Kook (ft. Latto) took fourth place with “Seven”, and Eslabon Armado, Peso Pluma’s “Ella Baila Sola” landed in fifth.
So, that’s society’s summary of Spotify Wrapped in 2023, and to be honest it’s about as much Spotify Wrapped as we can take at this point. In case you have yet to post your personal Spotify Wrapped on Instagram – don’t. And if you have Apple Music – don’t even think about it. Especially if Drake’s on there.
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