It’s time to unwrap your Spotify Wrapped, the annual feature that shows your listening habits throughout the year.

The Finnish audience’s top music choices this year have been published and we’ve spotted some familiar names at the top of Finland’s national list.

 
 
 
 
 
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On the list of the country’s 10 most-listened to artists, UMK 2023 participants KUUMAA take sixth place, while Eurovision 2023 runner-up Käärijä is ninth.


 
 
 
 
 
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The song of the year is, unsurprisingly, “Cha Cha Cha”. Käärijä has shared the stats on his Instagram, and his entry had nearly 160 million streams across 183 countries.

Over 12 million people have listened to his hit — that’s two times the population of Finland!

The Finnish national selection alums KUUMAA are on the list not once but twice — coming second with the UMK 23 entry “Ylivoimainen” and sixth with “Tulipalo”.

The growing trend of music in the national language is clear, and Käärijä has definitely contributed to that. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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KUUMAA’s “Hyvikset ja pahikset” tops the most-streamed albums list. It was released shortly after UMK and features radio-friendly pop songs in Finnish language.

The band had quite a successful year in general, taking home several music awards and selling out most of their tour gigs.

This Friday, they will be releasing a new single “Satama”.

UMK 2022 participant BESS is also on the list, 10th with the album “Kädet ylös”.

How is your Spotify Wrapped looking this year? How many Eurovision artists do you have on your list?

 

 

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Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

Ylivoimainen my #1 track this year!! And Cha Cha Cha #8. Hopefully Kuumaa come back in the future, they’re a quality act

Paddy
Paddy
2 months ago

Would love to see KUUMAA at UMK again and maybe even on the Eurovision stage!

MrBrightside
MrBrightside
2 months ago

Ylivoimainen is abolutely spectacular track! I still listen to it.

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

I need KUUMAA in UMK again.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

I was delighted when I saw that Käärijä was my top artist on Spotify earlier today! Who would have thought that with someone who normally favours English language songs? It’s truly a testament that he was able to do THAT well in the British song market, a tough nut to crack!

Pauly
Pauly
2 months ago

wow Kuuma is the biggest act in Finland, bigger than Kaarija. And they took part in the national final. Where else do you see that? Not even in Sweden.

Guorga
Guorga
2 months ago
Reply to  Pauly

In Norway with Tix 🙂

Eha
Eha
2 months ago

Thank you UMK for showing us how it’s done!

aje
aje
2 months ago

Rumours go that Ibe will be taking part in UMK! Most streamed artist so fits with the hints, he has no gigs past April… and on the UMK tiktok you can see a snippet from a music video surprisingly resembling Ibe’s vibes.

Claude
Claude
2 months ago

yesss!! My music origin location for most of my music was Helsinki- and my most streamed song of the year was Hoida Mut! The amount of Bess, Käärijä, Kuumaa, Benjamin, Nightwish, Battle Beast, Softengine and Blind Channel that I listen to definitely contributed to that! Finland has so much incredible music

Nikki
Nikki
2 months ago
Reply to  Claude

I got Helsinki too and it surprised me, because of the insane amounts of Italian music I listen to. next year they need to do a top 5 locations

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

The language rules of the junior contest should be applied to the adult contest, it would be again more interesting and would bring more variety in the contest. At the beginning of the contest in the 60’s there were many winning songs in total native languages and most recently Molitva, Amar Pelos Dois, Zitti i Buoni, Stefania proved that music in itself is an universal language. Moreover Portugal, Italy and Ukraine were televote winners and largely, as Finland too this year, it proves that the public doesn’t need english or doesn’t need to understand the language to love a song.… Read more »

Zanoni
Zanoni
2 months ago

My compromise, which I’m guessing would satisfy nobody but me, is that every country should be required to record the song in their official language, even if they decide to compete in English. Like Songvakeppnin, basically. Maybe this little nudge would help.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Maybe it might help to see that their language sound better than english in some songs.

Zanoni
Zanoni
2 months ago

Dilja’s song sounded much better in Icelandic, but she chose the English version anyhow (shrug). But it’s still nice to have the other version.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago
Reply to  Zanoni

Unfortunately she picked the english version…

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

Imagine EVERY National Finals with only songs in native languages thanks to this rule, it would be so cool for the eurofans following the pre contest. And maybe with that in each countries doing a NF there would be more interest for their NF. I mean Estonian or Maltese people for example would be certainly more interested to see a music contest totally made by songs in their native language moreover knowing that it will be showcased to the world after in Eurovision. I think they would be very proud and it could unite again more one nation behind its… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

Thing is known, UMK is infinitely better than Mello,

Una's sparkling points
Una's sparkling points
2 months ago

Finland, the one country that does it right to *all* of its UMK participants <3 No fillers, no gaps in quality of songs and performers. Yle <3 UMK <3 Finland Eurovision winner <3

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

0.003

Paddy
Paddy
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Have any gas station champagne?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

I’m rooting for you, Finland. To win the televote with a song entirely in Finnish by almost 400 points and without a war, that’s remarkable. In a less unfair world, Eurovision would be going to Tampere. I hope the Finnish language is here to stay.

XOOOD
XOOOD
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

The results are more than fair! Get over it already, it has been 6 months.

Una's sparkling points
Una's sparkling points
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Yle’ve been *consistent* with their UMK ever since they improved it back in 2020 so it’s only likely Finnish will stay.

Zanoni
Zanoni
2 months ago

I think Yle does a remarkable job of favoring Finnish but providing subtitles and feeds in other languages to increase accessibility.