Spotify is my favourite music app, ever. I remember scrolling through the best music on iTunes before downloading them (illegally) on my computer and it was such a pain in the ass. Nobody likes downloading song by song then transferring it to any of their devices. Well, at least I don’t. Spotify is the perfect music  app because you can listen to all the music you would like for free, or RM14.90 per month. Of course, with stuck-up singers like Taylor Swift who thinks she needs to be paid for every single thing, there are albums and artists you can’t find on Spotify because, like I said, stuck-up. Apple made their own version of Spotify (such a copy cat, as usual) called Apple Music so I guess you can use that too.

Anyway, I saw that you can look up your Top 5 Most Played Artists & Songs on your Spotify account so that was exactly what I did and I thought I should share it with you.


Here’s someone I did not expect to make it to the top of MY list. I remember seeing a tweet saying, “Who knew by the end of 2015, we would all be Beliebers?”. HAHAH I can’t deny that I have been listening to a lot of his music when his new album, Purpose, first came out but I don’t open Spotify that often these days so I am quite surprised. However, I am pretty sure that these numbers went up when he was about to unlock the Acoustic version of What Do You Mean. I remember that there was a streaming target to reach on Spotify and I helped by playing the song on repeat, with my laptop on mute. Clever marketing strategy from the boy who started on Youtube, Taylor Swift can learn a thing or two.


This came by no surprise to me. This year, I’ve fallen in love with Chvrches and there’s nothing I could say about them. I LOVE their sound and their music, the girl has an amazing voice and I am just waiting for a Chvrches concert in Malaysia. I remember Chvrches being on a line-up at Urbanscapes last year and I couldn’t go because I had classes.


A shoutout to my favourite band, ever. alt-J has an unconventional sound and I love it, not because it’s unconventional, but because it’s SO GOOD. I would kill to go to Coachella and listen to them play in real life. I remember there was a video of two drunk kids, imitating both alt-J’s music and singing, it was hilarious and smart at the same time.


I love Banks, too much. She has a really soothing voice and all her songs are amazing. She’s almost like Lorde, to me and I obviously prefer Lorde over Banks but yeah. I have to say, I did not expect this song in particular to be in this list because, my favourite song from her is actually Goddess.

5. SHINee – VIEW

Finally, I should be ashamed if these boys didn’t make it in my Top 5. SHINee is my favourite k-pop boy group and the only k-pop group that I actually follow. I pre-order all their albums (when I have the money) and I am waiting for the day that they would actually perform in Malaysia for their own SHINee World concert. It is so annoying to me that EXO has already announced a concert in Malaysia but SHINee, a group of almost 8 years in the k-pop industry, hasn’t. I am going to Korea on the 8th anniversary of the group so I am hoping to catch them live at a anniversary showcase or hang out with Shawols, I’m not sure yet.

So, that’s my Top 5 Most Played Songs & Artists on Spotify in 2015. There’s so much great music been released this year and I really cannot wait to hear more in 2016. Ariana Grande is releasing her new album in January so that’s really exciting.

To check out YOUR Year in Music, go to and log in to your account. Share with me your Top 5 Most Played, I would really love to see it!

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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