Spotify genres like ‘Escape Room’, ‘Light Chill Hype’ are confusing listeners

Spotify users were eager to take a look at the types of music and artists they’ve been listening to throughout the year in their Wrapped review, but many were left confused when presented with the genres that were in their results.

Since 2016, Spotify has given listeners the chance to look back at what they’ve listened to throughout the year, including their top songs, artists and music genres.

When Spotify Wrapped launched this year, many listeners took to Twitter to express their confusion over the types of genres they were told they were listening to.

After seeing their Spotify Unwrapped, many users took to Twitter to express their confusion over some of the genres featured.
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Spotify Genres, Explained

Many Twitter users specifically pointed to their “Audio Day”, where Spotify gave listeners insight into the “niche moods and aesthetic descriptors” of what they listened to throughout the day.

“Spotify only invents genres”, said one Twitter user.

They included three screenshots from their “Audio Day”, which indicated that they had listened to “Light Chill Hype”, “Eerie Energizing Mallgoth”, and “Fun Exciting Spooky”.

Another suggested that the genres were created haphazardly.

“Spotify wrapped just got hit with this random word generator that composes genres,” they wrote.

“Spotify Mom Invents Genres Again” wrote one Twitter user.

This Twitter user added screenshots from their “Audio Day,” which included “Good Vibes Friendly Lit,” “Angst Rebellious Confident,” and “Pastel Goth Hardcore Intense,” along with their top genres of the year. In addition to “modern rock” and “pop”, this user also listened to the music genre “dark clubbing”.

“Spotify Wrapped is awesome because it’s the only time of year they let the new guy name all the subgenres and people can post shit like ‘I spent 823 hours of my life listening to a mix of Acid Free Ska and Hard Mimecore this year'” joked one Twitter user.

What is Spotify’s “Escape Room” genre?

One genre that seemed to have particularly confused Spotify users was “Escape Room”.

“Spotify has to invent these genres from scratch, because why was my most played genre ‘ESCAPE ROOM’?” asked one Twitter user.

“I decided to return to Apple Music because of the huge disparities in artists’ streaming income and, more importantly, to protest the ‘Escape Room’ genre, whatever that may be,” another tweet read.

The “Escape Room” genre was defined in 2018 by Glenn McDonald, a “data alchemist” at Spotify.

“Escape Room is a particularly fun kind of name – it feels connected to the sonic trap, although it’s more experimental-indie-r’n’b-pop that stems from the sound of the trap,” he said. in a statement released by Spotify. “I just thought about the ‘trap’ and the idea of ​​solving puzzles in an escape room.”

Why is Spotify creating new genres?

As for other genres that Spotify users may not be as familiar with, a statement from the music streaming platform says there are “thousands” of genres available to listen to, along with new ones that are created each year.

“The way we see it, coming up with new names or groupings of genres gives us loose categorizations to identify emerging genres or reshape familiar genres so they are more recognizable, representative and holistic for our listeners and their communities,” says the press release.

Newsweek has contacted Spotify for further comment.


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