Spotify’s Year-End Lists Are the Ultimate Personality Test

Why the mass sharing of the music streaming service’s year-end lists is uniquely telling

Allegra Hobbs
Published in
3 min readDec 6, 2019


If you looked at my Spotify Wrapped summary today and concluded, “You spent a lot of 2019 being sad and/or going on long, moody walks with your headphones,” you’d be correct:

Apparently, I listened to a lot of folk-pop singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and her indie rock outfit, Better Oblivion Community Center. Today I was one of thousands of Twitter users (based on the hashtag #spotifywrapped2019) to post a screenshot of the streaming service’s individualized end-of-year roundup — the condensing of a year’s worth of data, showcasing what we pumped into our ears while we worked, commuted, cleaned the apartment, or lay in bed staring at the ceiling.

Much hilarity has ensued, as well as self-reflection:

An editor here at Forge used the moment to open up about her love of show tunes. Many parents whose playlists have been hijacked by offspring riffed on how, as one tweet put it, “children will bring you low”: