Man choosing Spotify playlist in driver's seat

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Uber driver has a Spotify playlist for every type of passenger

Which one are you?


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Feb 28, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:16 pm CDT

Driving for Uber or Lyft can be a stressful experience. You never know who will get in your car or what state they’ll be in. But one rideshare driver has figured out a way to get people on the level, and it involves personalized playlists based on people who might step (or stumble) into the car.

This trade secret might seem reductive, or like it’s bound to bring out trolls, but the people in driver TJ Jones’s mentions have been pretty positive. Some truly see themselves mirrored in the “fucking hipsters” (Neutral Milk Hotel, Belle & Sebastian) or “heady bros” (Nirvana, Tame Impala) playlists. Even the “quiet ppl” (The Blow, Frankie Cosmos) feel seen. People have also been digging into Jones’s other Spotify playlists, which includes a Fall Out Boy best of.

There were even shoutouts from Fall Out Boy and Spotify.

Jones told the Press Association there’s even some soft data from the playlist experiment: “I have noticed that people who leave the best tips also complimented my 30+ playlist during the ride, which turned out to be more of a 40+ kind of playlist.”

You can check out the playlists here.

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*First Published: Feb 28, 2018, 1:22 pm CST