People always ask “what’s your favorite music”—a harder question to answer than it might seem. Rather than try to stab in the dark, I resort to data analytics. Obviously.
I recently found this wonderful website called Skiley that you connect to your Spotify account and it spits out all sorts of wonderful data.
In a previous post, I listed my favorite artists by play count. Skiley assigns a weighting based on recently played as well. This helps distinguish between all-time favorite into what I’m playing more at the moment.
|June 2019 (most plays)||February 2020 (Skiley)|
|Ludovico Einaudi||David Byrne|
|Brett Dennen||Iron & Wine|
|Iron & Wine||Beatles|
|Two Lone Swordsmen||Of Monsters and Men|
So, what did I learn:
- Ludovico Einaudi, Passenger, Of Monsters and Men, David Byrne, Iron & Wine have moved up, probably due to recent concerts and/or albums
- Sia has moved up because I recently dug into her back catalog
- Imogen Heap is a new discovery
- VAST, Two Lone Swordsmen, and Enya have historically been favorite artists but I don’t listen much anymore
There is a lot of fascinating data on Skiley, but my favorite is where it breaks down the genres of music it thinks I like, some of which I’ve never heard of.
|Stomp and Holler||15%|
Also above 5% are: Rock, Pop, Funk Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk, Zolo, Bow Pop, Compositional Ambient, Neo-Classical, Indie Pop
This makes me seem incredibly cool. Maybe it will do the same for you.