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Music for Plants Trends on Spotify

People are making their plants listen to music.
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During the pandemic, one passion that seems to have truly laid down roots across the world is that of plantcare.

With people spending more time indoors, taking care of plants has blossomed into a healthy hobby for homes across the world, including the Philippines—more people are buying plants, talking to them, and making them listen to music.

Music for Plants

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During the past 12 months, streams of Spotify’s “Music for Plants” playlist grew nearly 1,400 percent. A global survey from Spotify showed that 21 percent of plantitos and plantitas around the world even tried talking to their plants over the last year.

Since the 1970s, it has also been a popular theory that the vibrations of audio content can stimulate growth in plants. For people who have unearthed their passion for plant parenting this past year, Spotify’s Music for Plants playlist offers plenty of good vibrations for your homegrown foliage.

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Data showed that morning is the most popular time for Spotify users to play audio to their plants. One in ten (12 percent) of people worldwide have tried using audio content (music or podcasts) to care for their plants in the past year, whilst one in five (21 percent) have been talking to their houseplants more.

In the Philippines, more than 23 percent of those surveyed say they have bought more houseplants during the past 12 months. Another 18 percent say they are taking more pride in their houseplants than ever before, and 40 percent believe they will still be passionate about houseplants in the future.

Playlists that Help Plants Grow

Spotify’s Music for Plants playlist offers mellow vibrations for green leaves, green thumbs, and green ears, including music and soundscapes carefully handpicked to help encourage growth. Of course, one can always continue having conversations with their plants, for which a 28-percent growth in the Philippines was recorded.

Some listeners get very specific by naming their playlists after types of plants. Some of the top plant playlist categories on Spotify are Ivy, Cactus, and Ferns.

The top five genres plants seem to prefer on Spotify include fourth world, art pop, background music, ambient, and lo-fi beats.

There are over 2.9 million user-generated playlists on Spotify related to plants and gardening. Among the most popular tracks for plants are the following. 

Ivy” by Frank Ocean, “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine, “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, “Garden (Say It Like Dat)” by SZA, “Here Comes the Sun - Remastered 2009” by The Beatles, “Secret Garden” by Bruce Springsteen, “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson, and “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. 

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Mort Garson’s 1976 classic plant album Mother Earth’s Plantasia (featuring tracks like Symphony for Spider Plant and Concerto for Philodendron & Pothos) is up more than 40 percent this year.

Check out Spotify’s Music for Plants playlist

Spotify worked with independent third-party research company, YouGov, to survey 26,872 at people aged 18+ across 23 countries between 29th April and 12th May 2021

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