These lists compile the collective 2023 new-music listening of music fans in every country where people use Spotify, and in the fan communities for 6000+ genres and other genre-shaped distinctions.
The songs in each list are scored and ranked by a combined weighting of a) their absolute popularity with those fans and b) the share of the song's global listening that those fans account for. (And then filtered to one song per artist.)
This means, for example, that The Sound of Ukraine 2023 is the music that defines, unites and distinguishes Ukrainian fans, whether that music comes from Ukraine or not.
Likewise, 2023 in Drift Phonk is the music that fans of Drift Phonk loved, whether it's Drift or Phonk or not.
To be eligible, a song must have been released on or after 2022-12-01, as best our data can tell, so that's why no "Cruel Summer".