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Spotify: Time Capsule Playlist Bottles Your Life In 30 Songs
Never underestimate the power of nostalgia. But can an automatically generated playlist really transport you to your teens or early 20s?
Spotify says yes. The streaming service today rolled out "Your Time Capsule," a playlist function that "gathers the 30 most nostalgic tracks from your teens and early twenties, creating the soundtrack for a trip down memory lane."
Going off my test case, the results are fun and … pretty close.
While my automatically generated playlist definitely revealed some unabashed glam-metal and rock favorites of my youth — including Van Halen's "Panama," Vinnie Vincent Invasion's "That Time Of Year," Heart's "Alone," Journey's "Faithfully," Ratt's "Round And Round," and Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine," it also generated a few head-scratchers with the likes of Prince, Enuff Z'Nuff and REO Speedwagon. With due respect to these three artists, they don't evoke personal teenage memories.
The playlist function is available to users in 60 markets. It factors in your age, country and listening patterns to create the playlist — however, those under 16 years of age will have to wait until they amass some nostalgia to try it out.
Will "Your Time Capsule" work for you? Give it a whirl by finding the playlist option at the top of your homepage on Spotify, in the Decades section of Browse on Spotify's mobile apps for iOS and Android, or by visiting Timecapsule.spotify.com.