Spotify Wrapped 2022: the sixteen music personalities

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Spotify has a new feature on its yearly Spotify that categorises you into a music personality based on your listening habits. But what does it mean? What are they? And what does yours say about you? Let us discuss this.

This music personality is very similar to the sixteen personality traits of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It has four traits that make up the types and the sixteen that everyone falls into.

Read my other articles if you are interested in personality tests, types and the traits that make them up.

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What are the traits that make up the types?

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Familiarity (F) or Exploration (E)

The first is based on how you listen to artists – do you listen to the same artists? (categorised as Familiarity) or do you venture and listen to a variety of new artists? (categorised as Exploration)

Loyalty (L) or Variety (V)

The second is based on your loyalty to the music and artists you listen to. Do you listen to the same tracks on repeat? (categorised as Loyalty) or do you prefer a variety? (categorised as Variety).

Timelessness (T) or Newness (N)

The third is based on your relationship with new music. Do you listen to new artists and tracks when they just come out? (called Newness) or do you listen to music from all times? (called Timelessness).

Commonality (C) or Uniqueness (U)

The last is based on how unique a listener you are. Do you listen to popular artists with millions of other fans? (Commonality) or do you like artists who are more underground with fewer fans? (Uniqueness).

What are the sixteen music personalities?

The Adventurer

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  • Exploration
  • Newness
  • Variety
  • Uniqueness

These people enjoy new unknown sounds, enjoy the newest tracks and newer artists, and they always find gems from random artists you probably have not heard of.

The Early Adopter

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  • Exploration
  • Newness
  • Variety
  • Commonality

These people enjoy new music from a variety of artists. If there is a new track from an artist, they are sure to be listening to it. Same with trending songs, whether from a popular artist or a new artist. If it is hot – they are on it.

The Deep Diver

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  • Familiarity
  • Timelessness
  • Variety
  • Uniqueness

These are the people who, when they love an artist, will indulge in all of their music. They will enjoy the entirety of their music and go on a journey while listening.

The Devotee

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  • Familiarity
  • Newness
  • Loyalty
  • Uniqueness

When these people love an artist, they really obsess over them. They become their biggest fan – knowing all the albums, songs, and lyrics.

The Replayer

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  • Familiarity
  • Timelessness
  • Loyalty
  • Uniqueness

The comfort listeners. They stick to what they know, listening to songs they like from artists they like.

The Connoisseur

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  • Familiarity
  • Timelessness
  • Loyalty
  • Commonality

These people have a taste that everyone can enjoy. These people enjoy the classics and the popularity, and time only cements their music preferences.

The Maverick

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  • Exploration
  • Timelessness
  • Loyalty
  • Uniqueness

These people are sure of themselves and their listening habits. While the others have fun in the mainstream, they are vibing in their own unique sidestream.

The Fan Clubber

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  • Familiarity
  • Newness
  • Variety
  • Commonality

These people are fans any artist would be lucky to have. They find an artist they love and support them fully in all they do.

The Top Charter

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  • Exploration
  • Timelessness
  • Loyalty
  • Commonality

They are the people who have the newest banger blasting. They know a tune when they hear one and are sure to play it if it is climbing the charts.

The Enthusiast

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  • Familiarity
  • Newness
  • Loyalty
  • Commonality

These are the super fans. If their favourite artists release new music, they are first to know. Always up early or late for the release to be the first to listen.

The Time Traveler

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  • Exploration
  • Timelessness
  • Variety
  • Uniqueness

The music time-travellers. These people go for any new music to them, regardless if it is new or not. They explore all kinds of music from all the years.

The Musicologist

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  • Exploration
  • Timelessness
  • Variety
  • Commonality

In tune with the music’s past and present, these people enjoy all music. However, they find themselves going back to the classics.

The Nomad

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  • Exploration
  • Newness
  • Loyalty
  • Uniqueness

These people are listeners far and wide but also extremely loyal. They find a song they like and will always have it with them.

The Voyager

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  • Exploration
  • Newness
  • Loyalty
  • Commonality

These people navigate their world using music. They love all music and enjoy finding new music from new artists. This is ‘new’ to them and not necessarily new as they will listen to music from all the years.

The Jukeboxer

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  • Familiarity
  • Timelessness
  • Loyalty
  • Commonality

These people have many favourite songs. They listen to a variety of them all the time. They queue all their favourites and enjoy just playing through them.

The Specialist

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  • Familiarity
  • Newness
  • Variety
  • Uniqueness

These people are selective with their music, but they do enjoy a variety. Once they find an artist they like, they are all in.

Final thoughts

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Now you know how Spotify Wrapped has categorised the traits for its sixteen music personality traits, you can find out yours! Read my article about Spotify Wrapped 2022 features and how you can learn about your listening habits this year!

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  1. […] This year, Spotify have two new features. One of these is their presentation of your “through the day vibes”, which shows your listening habits during the morning, day and night. The other is their feature showing your listening personality – you can read more about this in my article here. […]

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