Students discuss their Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay

Nathan Wang and Connor Tang

Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay were released Nov. 30. “Spotify Wrapped” and “Apple Music Replay” show users their listening time, favorite artist, top five songs of the year and favorite genres.

This year, like many others, students excitedly posted their Wrapped slides to their Instagram stories and shared favorite playlists, artists and songs with friends.

Andrea Cruz-Vázquez ’25 said she loved seeing her Spotify Wrapped display all the different music she listened to throughout the year.

“I love seeing my Spotify Wrapped each year,” Cruz-Vázquez said. “It’s so gratifying to see all my music genres mixing together. I listen to Bad Bunny all the time, so it was no surprise [that] he was my top artist.”

For the third time in a row, Bad Bunny was the most streamed artist this year on Spotify with 18.5 billion streams, according to Spotify. Harry Styles’ “As It Was” was the most streamed song on Spotify this year with 1.6 billion streams. Spotify and Apple Music accumulated 521 million users across both platforms.

Illi Kreiz ’24, who accumulated 215,599 minutes of listening time, said music holds a big presence in her daily life.

“I love music and am practically always listening to it – while doing homework, in the shower and even while sleeping,” Kreiz said. “No task is too small to have an entire queue curated for the time the task requires and vibe. It almost feels eerily quiet when I’m not listening to music.”

Dale Kim ’25, who posted his Spotify Wrapped on social media, said he posted it as a way to bond with friends.

“I use Instagram to express myself and a big thing about myself is my music taste,” Kim said. “If my friends and I have any artists in common or songs we both like, finding things you have in common with other people is always a pleasant surprise,”

Kreiz said listening and choosing music acts as an outlet for expression.

“Music is a great expressive outlet because it’s so good at conveying emotions,” Kreiz said. “I truly think that there is a song for every scenario.”