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What You Can Learn From Someone’s Spotify Playlist

What is your favorite song? For most people, asking this question is like asking what someone’s favorite book or child is. It’s a nearly impossible question to answer.

There’s a lot you can learn about a person, though, from the way they answer.

Instead of just choosing one song, Amanda Peterson, sophmore created a playlist of her favorite songs on Spotify, “Stanley’s 80’s Playlist.” It’s inspired by one of her favorite movies, “It” based off of the book by Stephen King.

As it says in the title, the playlist consists of music produced in the ’80s, Peterson’s favorite era of music.

“There are different genres within the ’80s,” Peterson said. “It’s more diverse, unlike other decades where it’s strictly one type of music.”

Her playlist is filled with classic ’80s hits, such as “Take On Me” by A-Ha, “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley, and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears for Fears. It also has a few lesser known songs like “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles.

Still, with plenty of radio stations and playlists dedicated to this decade, there are some songs that get skipped rather than listened to. “Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler is on Amanda’s playlist, but she said she doesn’t listen to it that often because “it’s constantly played.”

Katelynn Thompson, a sophomore and friend of Peterson for three years, was surprised when “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen wasn’t on the playlist.

“The lyrics don’t describe her,” Thompson said. “But the sound of it and the feel of the music does.”

When repainting her room about a year ago, Peterson came over to help.

“Queen came on a few times,” she said. “I just pair her with Queen.”

Thompson described Peterson as “silly” and always wanting to include her friends, such as inviting them to go skating with her. Thompson says she jokes around with Peterson a lot, but she’s reserved most of the time.

Thompson met Peterson in eighth grade while doing a project for ELA.

“We did a commercial for Crispy M&M’s and we had a lot of fun,” Thompson said. “She’s a go with the flow type of person. And I was the director. I was a little bossy, but she didn’t seem to mind.”

After that, they started to hang out more and eventually became friends.

Choosing a favorite song is never easy, but Peterson said if she had to pick one, she’d choose “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey. Thompson said this song also reminded her of Peterson, as the song came on once while they were hanging out and they “tried not to belt it out.”