The Soundtrack To Our Lives

Kim Ray

BY Kim Ray

Published: 12 July 2021 Updated: 20 May 2024

Certain songs evoke different emotions as we associate them with happy or sad memories. As part of our ongoing research into the lives of Australians and our habits at home, researchers here at Victory have reviewed top Spotify playlists to see which songs act as the soundtrack to our household habits. 

Researchers were able to determine the most popular songs and artists by analysing the top playlists that included the words cleaning, cooking, DIY,  getting ready, showering, and working from home.

Top For Cleaning

For cleaning, the top artist was Billy Joel, who appeared 17 times across ten different playlists for cleaning on Spotify. Upbeat songs were a common occurrence on these playlists, with Cyndi Lauper’s classic ‘Girls just want to have fun’ being the most-streamed song. 


Top For Cooking

When we cook, it seems we only want to listen to icons, with Stevie Wonder, Queen, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye all being in the top 10 most popular artists. Stevie Wonder was featured more than any other artist, appearing 20 times across the cooking playlists.

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Top For DIY

For our keen DIYers, Queen appeared the most, featuring 11 times on the most popular DIY playlists on Spotify; followed closely by Elton John who appeared 10 times. The most popular song to DIY to is Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ which repeats 4 times overall. 

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Top For Getting Ready

Pop and Hip-hop were the top genres for us to get ready to, with Drake being the most popular artist featuring 25 times in these playlists. Drake’s song ‘One Dance’ is also the joint-third most listened to song, appearing 4 times, but was beaten by Ariana Grande’s ‘Break Free’ for the most popular song. 

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Top For Shower

Drake not only provides the soundtrack when we’re getting ready but when we’re in the shower too, appearing 30 times in the top showering playlists on Spotify. The top song we wash to is Ed Sheeran and Khalid’s song ‘Beautiful People’. 

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Top For Working From Home

Those of us working from home are using that alone time to listen to Maroon 5, the most popular artist with 9 appearances across WFH playlists. The second most popular artist is Adele, who is getting us in our feels while we’re working from home!

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Stuart Clark, spokesperson for Victory Blinds said: “It’s interesting to see what music is top for different habits we have around our homes. It seems we like to listen to the classics when we’re cooking and doing DIY but, when it comes to getting ready, that’s when we turn to more modern music.” 

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