By Rob Mitchum

This is part of our Clarify Data Stories series. Check out the big issues, minus the noise at www.spotify.com/clarify to watch artists take on the issues that matter to them, like Esperanza Spalding on Climate below. And since today is Election Day — go to headcount.org/spotify to find all the voter information you need to vote.

Despite its failure to appear as a topic at any of the three presidential debates this election season, climate change is already affecting our daily lives. For the third consecutive year, Earth will set a new record for hottest global…


By Rob Mitchum

This is part of our Clarify Data Stories series. Check out the big issues, minus the noise at www.spotify.com/clarify to watch artists take on the issues that matter to them, like Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast below.

The potential beat connection between our heart health and the music we listen to is the subject of much research, with scientists looking at how songs of various tempos can influence exercise, anxiety, post-surgical recovery, and many other outcomes. For this week’s topic of healthcare, we applied some of those studies’ findings to data on the top 10,000 streamed…


by Rob Mitchum

This is part of our Clarify Data Stories series. Check out the big issues, minus the noise at www.spotify.com/clarify to watch artists take on the issues that matter to them.

America’s first Presidential election with a female major party candidate has inflamed one of the country’s oldest issues: the equality of men and women. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s platform spotlights several feminist issues, such as equal pay and guaranteed family leave, while Donald Trump’s past behavior with women draws intense scrutiny. …


by Rob Mitchum

This is part of our Clarify Data Stories series. Check out the big issues, minus the noise at www.spotify.com/clarify to watch artists take on the issues that matter to them, like La Santa Cecilia below.

Immigration has been one of the main battlegrounds this election cycle, with talk of amnesty, deportation, vetting, and “big, beautiful” walls dominating primary and general election debate. In response to calls for closed borders, many people have rebutted that the US is a nation of immigrants, from the first waves of European explorers and pilgrims through more recent influxes from Africa…


Which ones are we making these days?

by Rob Mitchum and Diego Garcia-Olano

This is part of our Clarify Data Stories series. Check out the big issues, minus the noise at www.spotify.com/clarify to watch artists take on the issues that matter to them, like Talib Kweli below.

If pop music is about rebellion, it only makes sense that it’s armed. Guns have been a common reference on the edgier ends of American music since the early 20th century, from raw country blues and outlaw country through gangsta rap and hardcore punk. …


by Rob Mitchum

This is part of our Clarify Data Stories series. Check out the big issues, minus the noise at www.spotify.com/clarify.

There are few more established seasonal American rituals than the summer job. To fill their break and their pockets for the school year, high school and college students take on temporary work and internships at the nation’s swimming pools, ice cream shops, and golf courses. But summer is also a time for jams, favorite songs for unwinding after work and on the weekend. Since a summer job has the benefits of inflating your bank account and keeping you…


by Rob Mitchum

Welcome to Clarify Data Stories, a series using data to illustrate how the most important political subjects of our time infiltrate pop music and our listening habits. Each week, we’ll take the central issue from our Clarify series and use data from Spotify, Genius, and additional sources to gain new perspective on where politics and music intersect in this election year. It’s not exactly science, but through data on lyrics, musicality, and streaming behavior, we’ll seek out the ripples of today’s most pressing issues in the music listened to by Americans. …

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