From 'Bones Day' playlists to 'Good Soup' references, TikTok trends dominated Spotify Wrapped this year

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From 'Bones Day' playlists to 'Good Soup' references, TikTok trends dominated Spotify Wrapped this year
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  • Spotify released its annual "Spotify Wrapped" report, a roundup of the most-streamed content of the year.
  • TikTok-driven streams helped revitalize decades-old songs and inspired playlist themes, according to Spotify.

Spotify's annual roundup of its most-streamed content dropped on Wednesday, and social media platforms like TikTok made a huge impact on the cultural zeitgeist in 2021.

The music streamer made several nods to TikTok in this year's Spotify Wrapped — an end-of-year report that provides users with an overview of their top songs, artists, and podcasts, as well as analyzes trends across the platform's 381 million users — highlighting the growing symbiotic relationship between the two apps.

According to Spotify, TikTok played a role in everything from inspiring playlists and bolstering streaming numbers for rising artists to revitalizing songs from generations past. This year also marked the first that Spotify made it possible for TikTok users to share their Wrapped data directly to the app, joining existing platforms like Instagram and Twitter that allow the capability.

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One prominent example of TikTok's influence included an influx of Spotify playlists that mention a "Bones Day" or "No Bones Day," a reference to the TikTok pug, Noodles, who went viral this year for helping users predict the overall productivity of their day.

According to Spotify, a total of 1,500 users compiled playlists related to the trend, with some featuring mellow tracks like "Easy on Me" by Adele and "Motion Sickness" by Phoebe Bridgers for a "No Bones Day," while others included upbeat songs like "Golden" by Harry Styles and "Good as Hell" by Lizzo for a "Bones Day."

Spotify also noted the revival of decades-old songs and musical genres that had a resurgence in popularity thanks to viral TikTok videos. More than 187,000 "sea-shanty"-related playlists were created this year after the 19th century song "Wellerman" exploded among TikTok users, according to the report.

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From 'Bones Day' playlists to 'Good Soup' references, TikTok trends dominated Spotify Wrapped this year
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Meanwhile, tracks like "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac made a major comeback on Spotify as users widely-featured the song in TikTok videos, according to the platform. Rising artists like Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X also saw a boost on the top of Spotify charts in 2021 thanks in part fo being featured heavily as sounds in TikTok videos.

The prevalence of TikTok in Spotify Wrapped comes as it becomes an increasingly powerful tool within the music industry, with many artists tapping into the social media giant to gain more followers and attract more attention for their projects. The app — which reached a billion users in September — has become a major pipeline to Spotify and other music streamers for burgeoning artists in recent years.

Looking ahead to 2022, Spotify is continuing to tap into the power of TikTok. The streamer announced last week it started beta-testing a TikTok-like vertical video feed within its Discover feature.

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