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Spotify Wrapped 2021: All you need to know as the end-of-year round-up launches

Spotify Wrapped is out now.

It may be the highlight of 2021 for music-lovers, and Spotify Wrapped is now here.

Towards the end of the year, streaming platform Spotify presents its users with a playlist of the songs and popular artists they listened to most over the year.

The round-up also reveals listening habits through the wrapped stats, which will break down the amount of time spent playing different bands and genres.

It is a package that allows music nuts to demonstrate just how big a fan they are of their favourite singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, by providing them with cold hard figures.

Here is all you need to know about Spotify Wrapped 2021.

How do I find my Spotify Wrapped?

You will get a special notification from the streaming platform to tell you your playlist is ready.

But before you get to it, you’ll be taken through your listening habits from the past year: your top songs, your top bands, your top genres, and how long you spent playing each of them.

This is also the bit that will tell you if you’re in the top 1% or even 0.5% of listeners for your favourite band or artist – always a badge of honour for a true fan.

As well as your own playlist of top tunes, there will be a wealth of other music collections to enjoy, revealing the most popular artists and hits from the past year.

In 2020, Blinding Lights by The Weeknd was the biggest song both in the UK and worldwide, while Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny topped the worldwide artists list and South Korean sensations BTS came top among bands.

If you don’t get a Wrapped this year, there could be a couple of reasons: in 2020, the package was only offered to people who had a Spotify account before November 15th and had listened to at least 5 different artists and 30 different tracks.

Is Spotify Wrapped accurate?

Last year, there was no shortage of people around the internet complaining that their wrapped stats were not as accurate as they were hoping.

Back in January, Spotify acknowledged that some users had been surprised by the content of their playlists, and offered some tips to make sure the music best reflects users’ actual tastes.

They included switching on Private Listening mode if you were planning to listen to songs or sounds while you sleep to ensure they’re not counted, and setting up the Spotify Kids app to allow young ones to enjoy their favourite music without interfering with yours.

The streaming platform says Wrapped is based on an account’s listening history, and the playlist is ordered by songs played most to least frequently – although they do swap some around to ensure tunes from the same artist or album don’t always appear back-to-back.

What day will it come out?

It is now out – so go forth and look back on your music habits over the last year, and enjoy!

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