While people are at home cleaning, baking, homeschooling, they apparently love to soundtrack their activities.
Based on Spotify data pulled between April 17-May 17, listeners were “soundtracking” their activities, with more than 40 percent increase around the world creating playlists to clean their homes—TLC’s “No Scrubs” being a popular song choice in these playlists.
For Filipinos in particular, popular song additions to cleaning-themed playlists included “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift, “Party in the U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus, “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande, “IDGAF” by Dua Lipa, and “Shut Up and Dance” by WALK THE MOON.
Other home activities for which playlists were made included hair maintenance (“Complicated” by Avril Lavigne, “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy, “The Middle” By Jimmy Eat World, and “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco), homeschooling (“Supalonely” by BENEE and Gus Dapperton, “Sucker” by Jonas Brothers, “Circles” by Post Malone, and “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa), and baking (“Sunday Best” by Surfaces, “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson, “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, “Sugar” by Maroon 5, and “everything i wanted” by Billie Eilish).
Interestingly, listeners also created more than 2,750 banana bread playlists on Spotify.
Creation of work-from-home playlist shot up significantly by more than 1,400 percent during the period compared to the first 10 days of March.
The most added track to these playlists was “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony (feat. Ty Dolla $ign). Other popular songs were “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, “Light On” by Maggie Rogers, “10,000 hours” by Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber), “Boss Bitch” by Doja Cat, “Delicate” by Taylor Swift, and “The Less I Know the Better” by Tame Impala.
Sonatas from Beethoven and Bach were also popular additions, with pianist Lang Lang’s version of “Für Elise” a top classical pick.
Those in search of learning new craft skills turned to podcasts, as seen in the 125 percent increase in streaming of the podcast “Just Wanna Quilt” and a more than 60 percent increase in “WeCrochet.”
There was also an increase of about 40 percent in coloring-themed playlists being created globally, and a more than 90 percent increase in painting-themed playlists—Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” was a popular song pick.
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