Elective listening: the Get Vocal, Europe! playlist by Spotify

On the occasion of the 2019 elections to the European Parliament (23–26 May), Spotify published a playlist called Get Vocal, Europe! and alerted users in EU member countries of its existence. But this is not a first: Election-themed playlists have been published before by Spotify. The earliest example I was able to find are the November 2018 midterm elections in the US on the occasion of which playlists were published with songs that were “uniquely popular” in individual states around that time.

The Get Vocal, Europe! playlist takes a different approach: There are no separate playlists for individual countries. Rather, there is one playlist that features one song by an artist from each of the 28 countries that are currently members of the European Union. Transnational elections seem particularly apt for such an approach. Despite services like Spotify, music tends to have a hard time crossing borders – even within the European Union. And whenever there is a language barrier, the likelihood of a song becoming popular in another country is close to zero. The Get Vocal, Europe! playlist won’t change that, but it is a welcome opportunity to eavesdrop on the music taste of the neighbours for once.

But what is on the Get Vocal, Europe! playlist? Outside Spotify, I have not been able to find a full list of the featured artists and songs. Even within Spotify, there is no information with respect to the countries the artists are supposed to represent. The table below gives this information and adds the duration of the songs as well as the language they use (in the ISO 639-1 format). Links in the artist column point to Wikipedia articles in English (wherever available) or local languages. Links in the title column point to lyrics websites (mostly Genius). Additions and corrections are welcome. Enjoy – and get vocal!

Austria 🇦🇹BilderbuchLED go4:27DE
Belgium 🇧🇪AngèleBalance ton quoi3:09FR
Bulgaria 🇧🇬Papi HansТвой (Tvoi)3:37BG
Croatia 🇭🇷Jelena RozgaMoje proljeće3:54HR
Cyprus 🇨🇾Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης (Michalis Hatzigiannis)Το Καλοκαίρι Μου (To kalokairi mou)3:39EL
Czech Republic 🇨🇿Milion+ feat. Kamil Hoffman, Hasan & Nik TendoBude líp3:06CS
Denmark 🇩🇰Lord Siva & VeraParis2:51EN
Estonia 🇪🇪Pluuto feat. NubluMesimagus2:30ET
Finland 🇫🇮JVGIkuinen vappu3:10FI
France 🇫🇷Aya NakamuraDjadja2:51FR
Germany 🇩🇪MEROWolke 102:53DE
Greece 🇬🇷SnikΜόνος μου (Mónos mou)4:00EL
Hungary 🇭🇺Halott PénzAmikor feladnád3:18HU
Ireland 🇮🇪Saint Sister & JafarisCausing trouble (Kormac Remix)3:48EN
Italy 🇮🇹MahmoodSoldi3:15IT
Latvia 🇱🇻Ansis feat. Kristīne PāžeZemes stunda3:03LV
Lithuania 🇱🇹Vidas Bareikis & 8 KambarysEžero dugne3:25LT
Luxembourg 🇱🇺Seed to TreeWithin me4:40EN
Malta 🇲🇹Ira LoscoHey Now3:51EN
Netherlands 🇳🇱Duncan LaurenceArcade3:04EN
Poland 🇵🇱Bedoes & Kubi Producent feat. Taco HemingwayChłopaki nie płaczą3:32PL
Portugal 🇵🇹PlutónioMeu deus3:42PT
Romania 🇷🇴DeliaThe MotansRămâi3:28RO
Slovakia 🇸🇰Nerieš feat. BassKidPokoj3:51SK
Slovenia 🇸🇮SiddhartaMedrevesa4:33SL
Spain 🇪🇸Don Patricio feat. Cruz CafunéContando lunares3:40ES
Sweden 🇸🇪Zara LarssonDon’t worry bout me3:29EN
United Kingdom 🇬🇧MabelDon’t call me up2:58EN

Update (20 May 2019)

For reasons unclear to me, Spotify has modified the playlist: Spain is no longer represented by Con altura by RosalíaJ Balvin feat. El Guincho (length: 2:42). That song was replaced by another Spanish song – one starting with some lines of broken Italian, interestingly. I have updated the list above.

Update (15 June 2019)

Spotify seems to have deleted the playlist. As older ‘Get vocal’ playlists, created on the occasion of 2018 elections in the US, still exist, it is unclear to me why the playlist disappeared after such a short time. You can use the search function to dig up copies of the playlist that individual users created.

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