Spotify's Pennsylvania election playlist has very little to do with Pennsylvania or elections

Rachel Kurland
October 31, 2018 - 12:39 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In case you forgot, Election Day is less than a week away, and everyone from local businesses to huge media companies are doing everything they can to encourage voters to take part in their civic duty.

On Tuesday, a week before the midterm elections, Spotify launched a pop-up on the app advertising its election-inspired playlist unique to each state across the country.

But our local spin — "Get vocal, Pennsylvania!" — has very little to do with Pennsylvania or voting in general. Really, it's a lot of upbeat pop and rap songs that are assumed to inspire youths to get out to vote. "A" for effort; "C+" for musical selections.

Two of the 20 songs are by Philly's own Meek Mill, and a few Pennsylvania natives made the cut, like Marshmello, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Skies, and Lil Uzi Vert, but other than where artists were born, there's not much of a connection to the commonwealth or civic duty.

New Jersey's playlist has a similar mix with more of a pop/ Top 40 vibe, and disappointingly no Bruce Springsteen.

To be fair, Spotify says the playlists are based on what's popular in each state. The streaming service gets bonus points, though, for the real purpose of the playlists by linking to where voters can find their polling places.

The playlist may not be the best representation of the state, but the message at least gets people's attention. Election Day is less than a week away, and it's never too early to take a look at who's on your ballot.