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Spotify Users Revealed the Perfect Playlist for Every Activity

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News Release, (2021, December 9). Spotify Users Revealed the Perfect Playlist for Every Activity. Psychreg on Music Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/spotify-users-playlist/
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The ambient electronic music project, Miracle Tones is the most popular artist to listen to at bedtime. AC/DC, Calvin Harris, and Eminem are the top artists to soundtrack your workout. 2016 is the average year of release for the top 10 workout songs.

Different occasions call for different tunes – what you jam to during the day might not be your go-to when trying to drift off to sleep at night. So Currys PC World has revealed the top 10 songs for your everyday activities. Songs were picked by identifying the most-featured tracks across Spotify playlists created for various scenarios from exercise to studying.

The perfect workout song tempo is 131.1 BPM

  • The average length of the top workout songs is 3 minutes. 
  • 2016 is the average year of release for the top 10 workout songs.
  • The workout playlist is awarded an energy score of 76.4/100, a happiness score of 60/100 and an instrumental score of 0.4/100.

Turns out dance-pop is the most popular genre for workouts and exercise, with lots of upbeat dance tracks appearing in the top 10. When it comes to the top artists, however, it’s a real mixed bag, with AC/DC, Calvin Harris and Eminem ranking in the top three.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across workout-related playlists:

  • The Business– Tiësto
  • Head & Heart (MNEK) – Joel Corry
  • Roses – Imanbek Remix – SAINt JHN
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Lose Control – MEDUZA
  • Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) – Dopamine Re-Edit – Riton
  • Your Love (9 pm) – ATB
  • Breaking Me – Topic
  • Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
  • Thunderstruck – AC/DC

The most popular genre to sleep to is pop

  • The average tempo of the top bedtime songs is 110.3 BPM, and the average length is 3 minutes 44 seconds.
  • 2016 is the average year of release for the top 10 sleep songs.
  • The sleep playlist is awarded a low-key energy score of 30.4/100, a happiness score of 23/100 and an instrumental score of just 9.9/100.

While pop is the dominant genre among sleep-related playlists on Spotify, with BTS and Billie Eilish making it into the top three artists, it’s the ambient electronic music project, Miracle Tones, that ranks as the most-featured artist.

These are the top 10 most-featured songs across sleep-related playlists:

  • Film Out – BTS
  • I love you – Billie Eilish
  • Falling – Harry Styles
  • Heather – Conan Gray
  • 528 Hz Release Inner Conflict & Struggle – Miracle Tones
  • Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
  • Get You the Moon (feat. Snøw) – Kina
  • Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
  • Jealous – Labrinth
  • Fix You – Coldplay

Methodology:

Playlists were created using the Playlist Miner tool that aggregates the top tracks from the most popular public playlists on Spotify that match your search criteria. For each category,  five keywords were used to pull the top 100 tracks, then cross-referenced each list to select the top 10 that appeared the most times across all search terms. 

In the case that multiple tracks feature the same number of times across all lists, lists were narrowed down to 10 using the following criteria: 

  • Only one track from a particular artist/band will feature in the top 10 (the highest-ranking one will be selected). 
  • A particular track will not feature in more than one themed playlist.
  • Tracks with a higher total number of features on playlists with a set keyword will be prioritised – this data is available on Playlist Miner

The top artists are those who appeared the most times across all 500 tracks aggregated for each theme, whether this is with one popular song, or with multiple tracks. 

The formula for the ultimate song for each activity was revealed by calculating the average tempo and length, most popular genre, as well as scores for energy, instrumental and happiness. Data on BPM and length, as well as scores for happiness, energy and instrumental-ness, is courtesy of Chosic


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