Songs Du Jour is the playlist I keep downloaded on my phone and contains all the songs I’m into at the moment. The majority of the time, these songs come from my Spotify Discover playlist. When I am bored of a song or find myself skipping it, I take it off the list.
From March 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018, I tracked every song on my Songs Du Jour playlist to visualize the life cycle of my listening.
I wasn't sure what it would look like when I started, but as i collected more and more data, the project took shape. i wanted to pack as much relevant information as I possibly could into the graphic while still maintaining a clean design that told a story at a glance.
if you want to peruse the entire march 2017-march 2018 spreadsheet, you can download the pdf.
One of the reasons I started this project was to do a project that involved a large set of raw data. I started by asking myself a bunch of questions, ranging from "how many songs do I keep on the playlist in a year?" to "how often do I add songs du jour songs to another playlist?" (a lot of my listening is playlist-based). As the project continued I found new questions emerging, like "what was Spotify's most successful Discover playlist?" or "do I still add songs when I'm traveling or visiting my family?". At the start I only recorded what I saw as the essentials: title, artist, date added to SdJ, date removed from SdJ, and genre. I keep all the songs that were formerly on SdJ on a separate playlist, so I was able to go back and retroactively add data to new columns (added to another playlist, where I found the song, was it a cover, etc).