Parents Are Sharing Their Spotify Wrapped 2021—and It's Clear Our Kids Are the Ones Really Listening
Spotify just released 2021 Wrapped, where users can find their top songs of the year, and parents are sharing the most-played artists and songs on their playlists—and just how much their kids are ruling things these days.
As a mom of a 3-year-old and 7-month-old, I can attest to the fact that my house is no longer filled with today's top hits, but the voices of Diana and Roma—who, if you're not familiar, star in Kids Diana Show on YouTube. "Baby Shark" and Elmo's "Brushy Brush" are constantly on repeat, and Alexa knows to play Kidz Bop when we need a little dance break. I've just come to terms with the fact that "Wheels on the Bus" is going to get more airtime than "Good 4 U," which just happens to be in the global top five most streamed songs for 2021. It is what it is.
I'm definitely not alone here. Parents are turning to social media after viewing their Spotify Wrapped 2021 lists to vent about their "top music" of the past year and the fact that it's been completely overtaken by their kiddos—whether they like it or not.
The trend of parents commiserating over their overtaken Spotify Wrapped lists really took off this time last year when NBC's Savannah Guthrie shared that her top song of 2020 was the Paw Patrol theme song. Fans who were also parents could totally relate, commenting that their most-streamed music was from Frozen 2 and The Lion King.
This all comes as no surprise. Just about everything in your life changes once you have a child, so of course your new life as a parent also comes with a brand spankin' new soundtrack. Besides that fact that playing music for your children has major benefits, moms and dads know that sometimes it's easier to keep the kids happy with their music or shows than to put on what you really want.
And there is some light at the end of the tunnel: A new Dolby survey found that one of the top three influences on a person's taste in music is their parents. Spotify Wrapped 2021 found Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, and The Beatles among the top-streamed throwback artists and Dolby's findings were similar, with Gen Z specifically just recently discovering nostalgic songs released well over a decade ago.
So, yes, our households might sound more like a noisy preschool in the early days, but if we keep at it we might have some chance in influencing our kids to listen to the music we actually like. Here's hoping that happens sooner rather than later!