As we wind down 2017 and begin to look back on the year that was, Spotify has released their 2017 Wrapped including all sorts of playlists of the top artists and tracks of the year from a multitude of genres. That's nice and all but what's really fun is the personalized lists that they put together for each user. Here's the thing with Spotify that I've observed...people don't really fall in love with it until they sign up for Spotify Premium. A friend who recently signed up for the service stated that it had "opened up a whole new world" for him. This is by no means a plug or an ad for the service (though if Spotify, you want to send me some money to talk up your service I will gladly accept those checks), I just happen to love it. More than that though, I find their end of the year statistics fascinating.
According to My 2017 Wrapped my Top Artist was The Replacements followed by Beach Slang, Jawbreaker, Husker Du, and Hot Water Music. Interestingly enough, The Replacements were my top artist of 2016 as well. My top song of 2017 was of "The Tide" by RVIVR. This didn't surprise me at all since it is my favorite song of the year. What I did find surprising was "See A Little Light" by Bob Mould was my second most played song of the year. I have been a fan of Bob Mould and his various projects for over 25 years and even highlighted his career on an episode of my short-lived podcast The Voices of a Generation X. With all of that said, "See A Little Light" was a song that I somehow missed over the years. That was until I heard it on the final episode of the brilliant Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The show did an incredible job using music to create tension and drive emotions home and the use of "See A Little Light" in the final moments of the last episode was absolutely perfect. And even though I didn't know the song, I immediately knew it was Bob Mould. With some artists you can just tell and Bob is most certainly one of those artists.