Sofia Cretu and Angel Markoski – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Nov. 30, 2022, Spotify users were given their end of year Spotify “wrapped.” The wrapped is a compilation of users’ listening data, including their top genres, top songs, top artists, music vibe, and music-based personality.

LRHS Mustangs have been sharing their compilations all over social media apps. Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok were littered with people either being proud or embarrassed by their stats.

Some Mustangs bragged about being in the top 0.5% of their favorite artists listeners.

Junior Justin Baltes is happy with being one of Lil Baby’s top listeners.

He said, “It is very cool to be in the top one percent listeners for an artist.”

Sophomore Nadia Gandhi was in the top 0.5% of Taylor Swift listeners.

“Taylor Swift has been my favorite artist for the longest time. It is certainly an honor to be a part of her 0.5% of listeners,” Gandhi said.

Many Mustangs listen to all kinds of different genres of music. Senior Mia Duran’s favorite artist is The Weeknd.

Duran said, “I like listening to The Weeknd’s music because it gives me a good vibe and it’s uplifting.”

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Research has proven that listening to music has a variety of benefits including improvement in mood, memory, mental alertness, and sleep quality.

Many Mustangs use music as a way to study and prepare for exams.

Sophomore Savannah Adams listens to music while working because it helps her memory.

“While studying a specific topic, I try to listen to the same songs as the first time I went over the content. When I go back and review the concept, the music helps me remember the material,” Adams stated.

English teacher Tracy Gregory began playing music for her students while they work to compensate for the silence.

“A few years ago, I realized how quiet it gets in a classroom; the silence is almost more distracting than quiet chatter,” Gregory said.

Instead of playing loud, trendy music, she tends to play classical music.

“I try to play music that can fade into the background, and students can still focus on their reading or writing assignment,” Gregory added.