YouTube Music rolls out expansive 2021 recap and playlist


In 2020, Google’s streaming service offered a “Year in Review” playlist, while a handful of users received an email with the best stats. YouTube Music’s 2021 recap appears to be much more complete and finally on par with other apps.

This is not yet widely available, but some users are seeing a “2021 Recap” which allows them to “Relive your year in music with your favorite songs”. There are 100 tracks with this playlist shareable via a link. It is not known if they are classified by number of parts.

Meanwhile, if you have this playlist, tap your profile avatar in the upper right corner to reveal a “2021Recap” that appears between “History” and “Paid subscriptions”. The aforementioned playlist will appear first, while YouTube Music will then highlight key listening statistics.

This names your best artist and playlist with the number of minutes you listened to, as well as your best song with the number of plays. You can quickly download and share this graphic. Then there’s a more detailed breakdown of that top track with the ability to save and share.

Google then lists a song and artists that you “discovered” in 2021, while rating your “Top Mix” and video at the very end.

As December quickly approaches, YouTube Music will likely increase the availability of the 2021 recap in the coming days. In terms of year-end tasks, YTM is also missing its new Material You widget. Meanwhile, after several years, Google’s service finally seems to compete with Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Playback.

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