The coronavirus has Spotify listeners getting all nostalfic with their music choices. Where do you fit in?

Spotify is always blogging about trends derived from their constant number-crunching of how people are using the platform. And with so much anxiety and weirdness in the world right now, some interesting new behaviors are emerging.

For the week April 1-7, Spotify logged a 54% in increase in (a) listeners making nostalgic-themed playlists; and (b) more listening to music from the 1950s through to the 1980s.

Why? For comfort, mostly. Music can immediately take us back to a time when things weren’t so scary and weird. We will always go back to the music our youth in hopes of feeling better.

Getting a little more specific, Spotify has this list of the most-added tracks to playlists through the decades.

Er, Lou Bega?

Spotify has compiled so this list of nostalgic playlists. Go on. It might make you feel better.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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