Thank god 2016 is coming to a close, what a whirlwind of a year it has been. The world might have gone slightly mental this year. However, my music taste has been growing and developing, and I thought I should share with you my top 5 most played songs according to Spotify. I have used Spotify all year as my main way of listening to music, so this should be reasonably accurate.
5. Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You- Arctic Monkeys
This is a B-side to ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ . I have listened to all 5 Arctic Monkeys albums religiously and this year I delved into the B-sides, because I needed more Arctic Monkeys. I seriously hope they release an album next year, though I’m not too sure they will. Nonetheless this B Side has the punchy bass and the falsetto voice we hear throughout AM, complimented by firey, forthcoming lyrics that we would expect from Turner.
4. The Trouble With Us- Marcus Marr
The fact this is my 4th most listened to track of the year makes me doubt the accuracy of the playlist created by Spotify because I only discovered this song in October. I didn’t realise I had listened to it this much! I love this song for the funky feel it has. It has a great feel-good factor and I love the tone of his voice in this song. In my opinion the guitar makes the whole track a million times better, the riff is catchy in itself. The build up to the chorus is very clever, as it is quite calm compared to the elation in the chorus.
3. What You Know- Two Door Cinema Club
I personally wouldn’t have thought of this song as one of my top five favourites of the year. However, the more I think about it the more it makes sense. I have consistently gone back to this song, I just never get tired of it. I love the slightly electronic feel of the song contrasting with the guitar. The motif is classic, as soon as you hear it you know exactly which song you’re playing.
2. Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song is honestly timeless. I love the chilled out nature of the song, yet I listen to this whenever, it doesn’t fit a mood which is what I love. Kiedis’ voice is really shown off in this song, the low pitch in the verses perfectly contrasts the passion you can hear in the chorus from Kiedis, which is at a higher pitch. The guitar and bass in this song compliment each other perfectly and the backing singers at the end are albeit slightly random, they still perfectly fit the mood of the song.
1. Stronger- Kanye West
I find it ironic that this is my favourite song of the year because it is completely out of sync with my music taste. However I think the fact that even I, someone who would not consider themselves a rap fan, am obsessed with this song just emphasises how great it is. The sample from Daft Punk gives the song an electronic vibe which I love with Kanye’s rapping. Even if you’re not a fan of Kanye, there is no denying that this is a catchy song. It isn’t really harsh to listen to unlike some rap. You can never really get tired of it. It is a universal song too, it featured on my monthly playlists, my gym playlist and my party playlist. Very few artists feature on all 3 for me!
There are my favourite five songs of the year, apparently. It is an interesting feature that Spotify has added. I would love to know your most played song of the year, so let me know in the comments. Be sure to follow my twitter and my Spotify (my username is phoebs_14)