Two months of music streaming visualized

I keep a rolling playlist of my last 100 liked songs on Google Music, which also records how many plays each song gets.


I update it about once every two weeks, and songs tend to last two months before getting pushed off the bottom. Here are a couple graphs of what my current playlist looks like, click the arrows to switch back and forth.

Both graphs show the order liked on the x-axis (more recent is to the left) and the play count on the y-axis (higher is more plays). First graph is just the raw data with a 5-song moving average, and the second breaks them out by genre.


This told me a couple things I thought were interesting. First, having liked a song for longer doesn’t mean I’ve listened to it more often. I shuffle my library pretty often, so I thought I’d see a pretty linear rise in play count based on how long ago I liked them. You can pretty clearly see I listened to a lot of the same songs around the 60-80 mark, which would have been about a month and a half ago.

I like the most alt/indie-rock the most (24 songs in the last 100) but electronic/dance songs are a close second with far more play counts . My top five plays currently are:

Closer (Chainsmokers) – 29

Wake Me (Bleachers) – 23

This Girl (Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners) – 22

Running Out (Matoma) – 22

I Took a Pill in Ibeza (Seeb Remix) – 20

Besides the Bleachers song, four of the five are EDM. I also liked these songs near each other, that peak in the middle around 60-80 songs includes all these tracks, meaning I probably listened to them all at the same time pretty frequently.

There was a “rising tide lifts all boats” effect going on here. Songs of other genres that I liked around the same time as the top played also top their respective categories, I liked Marry Song – Band of Horses right after Closer by the Chainsmokers, and it’s my most listened to track outside of EDM/pop. Don’t get me wrong I love the song, but if it wasn’t right next to my other most played song I doubt it would have gotten so many plays.

That’s it for this time, I want to do the same analysis when the most recent liked song Sit Still Look Pretty (Daya) gets pushed off the bottom.


  1. Peter said:

    So what soundtracks are you listening to. Hello Dolly? The Music Man? There were lots of pluses up there!

    October 22, 2016

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