What is the genre of “Stomp and Holler” music? Spotify playlist confuses users

Some Spotify users weren’t aware the streaming service had a “Stomp and Holler” genre until the Wrapped 2021 summary was released.

The streaming platform released the Spotify Wrapped 2021, revealing the most streamed songs, artists and podcasts over the past year.

Users flocked to social media to share their listening choices, but many were left confused about a genre called “Stomp and Holler.”

So what is it exactly?

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How to Access Your Wrapped Spotify

To see this year’s results, open your Spotify app and locate the banner that says “Your 2021 packed”.

The streaming service will share your best artists and songs in a series of slides, along with a “Your Best Songs 2021” playlist.

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The feature is available for premium and standard subscribers of the streaming platform.

What is the “Stomp and Holler” musical genre?

Users shared the confusion over the genre as they were unaware of its existence until the Wrapped summary was released on December 1, 2021.

If you head over to Spotify and search for “Stomp and Holler,” you’ll find that the site references the “catchy beats, complex instrumentation, and full harmonies” category.

While the streaming service referred to the category as a musical genre as part of Spotify Wrapped, “Stomp and Holler” is actually a playlist that currently features 71 songs.

The category includes characters like Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Ben Howard.

This is not the first time that the mysterious category has appeared as part of Spotify Wrapped.

A lot of people were talking about it as early as 2015, when Spotify informed some users that it was one of their favorite genres.

Users are confused about the genre

The mysterious category sparked a lot of confusion on Twitter after users started posting their 2021 listening picks.

“I did not know that ‘Stomp and Holler’ was a musical genre”, tweeted one person.

“TBH didn’t know that ‘stomp and holler’ was a musical genre, but okay” wrote another.

During this time, someone else reacted in the same way and wrote last year: “I didn’t know ‘stomp and holler’ was even a musical genre until Spotify told me it was my favorite genre of 2020.”