That Spotify Daylist That Really ‘Gets’ You? It Was Written by A.I.

That Spotify Daylist That Really ‘Gets’ You? It Was Written by A.I.

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The music-streaming platform’s new “daylist” feature serves users three personalized playlists a day, with titles ranging from quirky to bewildering.

An illustration of a smartphone open to the distinctive interface of the Spotify app, with its black background and bright green play button. The app is open to a playlist whose title, “bedroom pop banger early morning,” is set against a colorful purple and orange gradient.
Credit…via Spotify

Have your Sunday scaries ever given way to a “Nervous Ocean Monday Morning”? Does the weekend truly begin on Friday, or on a “Wild and Free Chaotic Thursday Afternoon”? How should one dress for a “Paranormal Dark Cabaret Evening”?

Those odd strings of words are titles of “daylists,” a newish offering from the music-streaming giant Spotify. The feature provides users three new algorithmically generated playlists a day, each with an ultra-specific title that practically begs to be screencapped and posted.

The often baffling titles have recently captured the attention of social media, propelling the service to fresh popularity about four months after its September debut. In post after post, users seem amused by the feature’s ability to see right through them.

“Spotify called me out a little bit with this daylist,” one X user wrote of her own playlist. Its title: “Midwest Emo Flannel Tuesday Early Morning.”


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