At Spotify, music is part of our DNA – so each month we’ll be hanging out with a music-obsessed Spotifier as they tell us about what’s on their headphones. This time, we sat down with Yasa Akbulut, a Senior Engineer in Stockholm. He’s given us a glimpse at eight songs that have a special meaning to him.

What song makes you happy?
Reel Big Fish – Sell Out

Apart from the uplifting harmonies and the high-energy rhythm, I love the naïve optimism of the lyrics and the humor. I listened to this a lot when I was a kid, and so it evokes some happy memories.

What song makes you want to dance the hardest?
Electric Six – Gay Bar

I can’t really dance but this song gets me as close to it as possible. I love how the song quickly builds up and keeps you there with the signature riff. The small break towards the end creates an opportunity for a much-needed breather!

What song helps you focus?
Tycho – Epoch

Nothing beats instrumentals when it comes to coding music. I think Epoch is a fantastic backdrop to my programming work, and I find it incredible that I can enjoy it without getting distracted. The whole album is gold in that regard!

What’s the best song recommendation you’ve gotten from a friend?

Broder Daniel – Underground

I hated this song the first time I heard it because I couldn’t get it out of my mind, and I couldn’t remember the name either! I had to look through a shared playlist to find out. But since then it has become a regular in our Friday-squad-area-music playlist.

What’s the song choice you’ve most had to defend?

Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name

This song is the ultimate ear-worm, and I like singing. These facts lead to some consequences. One of which is that some of my friends may be hanging out with me less than they used to…

Tell us about the best song have you’ve seen performed live:
Ibrahim Maalouf – Beirut

I’ve seen Ibrahim Maalouf in Istanbul twice. Both times I’ve heard this song it was an incredible experience. For the first 8 minutes people were almost afraid of breathing so as not to disturb the magical atmosphere that he created. The sadness of the story he’s telling was being transmitted to every single individual in the venue with great efficiency. The buildup took me to a completely different place, as they did not hold anything back on stage. When it ended I was completely overwhelmed with emotion. When I listen to the song today it takes me back to those nights and brings back the feelings.

What’s your favorite song from the last year:
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter

My dear friend introduced me to this song last summer and I have been listening to it almost every day since then. I love the microtonal melody that’s based on an old Turkish song, and also how the track sounds in general. The whole album is great but this one stands out.

Any other songs you just can’t leave off the list?
The Beards – There’s Just Nothing Better than a Beard

I like this one for obvious reasons. But also because it has a great story. It builds up nicely, the vocals are great and The Beards are amazing live.

Hear Yasa’s playlist yourself: