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Photograph: Michael J. ChenMiguel performs at the 2013 Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on September 1, 2013.

Spotify reveals NYC's favorite songs right now

Written by
Ro Samarth

Ever glance around the L train on your morning commute and wonder what's blasting through those 100 other earbuds? Spotify offers some answers with its new playlist charting the musical listening habits of New York City users. The playlist figures into the platform's larger "Musical Map: Cities of the World," an interactive guide featuring similar info for loads of other cities across the globe.

Rather than highlight the location's top-streaming songs, the initiative gathers together the tracks that make each city "distinctive"—in their words, "music that people in each city listen to quite a bit, which people in other cities also do not listen to very much."

The project confirms what we pretty much already knew—that New Yorkers have excellent taste: The top music for NYC includes several tracks from Wildheart, the new album by alt-R&B crooner Miguel (who plays a Terminal 5 gig on Aug 2), as well as jazzy Flying Lotus labelmate Thundercat and indie-popper Ryn Weaver. (For comparison, Los Angeles is listening to a lot of Mexican ensemble Grupo Maximo Grado and Compton rapper YG, while Chicago is spinning hometown emcees King Louie and Lil Durk.)

Listen to full NYC playlist here

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