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What does it mean to be in the top 0.1 percent on Spotify Wrapped 2021?

Olivia Olphin December 1, 2021
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Avid music fans and podcast enthusiasts everywhere can now access their Spotify Wrapped 2021, which allows users to see just what they have been listening to this year. While browsing through however, some noticed an interesting quirk – what does it mean to be in the top 0.1 or even 0.01 percent on Spotify?

Spotify Wrapped 2021 is here

Spotify Wrapped is a look back at your year in music. Spotify uses data collected on your listening habits throughout the year to tell you who you’ve been listening to, when and for how long.

The app has been using data to explore listening habits for a long time, according to its engineers: “Spotify has user listening analytics data dating back to our first years as a streaming platform.” 

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Spotify also compiles a playlist of your most listened-to tracks of the year called Your Top Songs 2021, as well as telling you your top five tracks and artists. To tie it all together the app creates a short ‘story’ of your year so far (which you can share on your social media).

Along with that, Wrapped 2021 can tell you what genres you’ve listened to, how wide your listening habits are, what decade you found yourself loving, and your top podcasts of the year.

If you’re still looking for more Wrapped information you can also look at the top tracks in your country and take a look at the listening habits of the world. Thats a lot of data in your hands!

What is the top 0.1 percent on Spotify Wrapped 2021? Is it a good thing?

This year, some users are reporting Spotify has given them the status of the top 0.1 percent – or even the top 0.01 percent – of listeners for their favourite artist. Many are wearing this as a badge of pride.

The top 0.1 and 0.01 percent distinctions mean you are in the top number of people who regularly listen to a certain artist, compared to 99.99% of their audience.

Last year, Spotify also added badges to its yearly Wrapped. For example, users get a Pioneer badge if they were one of the first to stream an artist’s song on the platform.

You really can say you listened to it before it was cool. Other badges include Tastemaker and Collector.

There’s also an in-app quiz, the Story of 2021 through your top songs, and a playlist called Missed Hits, which will suggest all those songs that slipped past you this year.

How to look at your Spotify Wrapped 2021

To access Spotify Wrapped simply go to your Spotify mobile app and search “Wrapped”. It should appear at the top of your search results. You can also access it on your desktop here, on the Wrapped website.

Twitter users’ reactions to being in the tippy top 0.1% to 0.01%

Many users are celebrating their favourite artists by sharing their 0.1 to 0.01 percent Spotify 2020 news. Others are also thinking about the amount of time they must have spent listening to music on Spotify.

Spotify Wrapped has been known to make some users reflect on their own lives and behaviour throughout the past year.

And for those of you who are still waiting for your top fan notifications, hold tight! You may have to work on it for next year.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.