NOTHING CHANGED AT ALL

Lucy Hale, Jacob Elordi, Mindy Kaling, and Vanessa Hudgens Share Their ‘My Forever Favorites’ Music and Podcasts

September 14, 2020

Is there a song that, the moment you hear it, you’re taken back to a special time in your life? Perhaps it reminds you of your first crush, a bedroom dance party, or that unforgettable beach vacation. It’s possible you might say the same for a podcast—whether it’s one you simply can’t start your day without, or a show that makes you laugh out loud. These are the songs and podcasts you want to share with everyone, and today Spotify is making it easy to do just that with My Forever Favorites.

To celebrate our Music, Meet Podcasts campaign, we’re unveiling My Forever Favorites, a new in-app feature that gives Spotify Free and Premium users around the world the opportunity to share the music and podcasts they love most. Through the app, listeners can create a playlist with their five most meaningful songs and/or podcast episodes and easily post it on their social channels for everyone to see—and bask in the memories. 

Who doesn’t love a bit of nostalgia? We asked actors Lucy Hale, Jacob Elordi, Mindy Kaling, and Vanessa Hudgens to share their My Forever Favorites and tell us a little about the stories behind the songs and podcasts they picked.

Lucy Hale

Tell us a short story or memory about one of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list. 

Martina McBride was my idol growing up. I would perform her songs at talent shows and just completely adored everything she did. I sang “A Broken Wing” when I was 9 at Loretta Lynn’s dude ranch for a singing competition. 

Which of your My Forever Favorite podcasts would you want to be a guest on? 

True Crime Garage for sure. They don’t have guests on their show but it’s one of my favorites. I’d love to sit down and talk True Crime with them. 

Which of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list have you known the longest? The shortest?

The song on my list I’ve known the longest is “At Last” by Etta James. The song I’ve known the shortest is “Control” by Zoe Wees

Jacob Elordi

Which of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list have you known the longest? The shortest?

The song I’ve known the longest is “Mockingbird.” The most recent is probably “8 (circle)” by Bon Iver.

Tell us a short story or memory about one of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list. 

My mum made me an mp3 full of rap music when I was little, and “Mockingbird” stuck. I  remember I dressed up in my dad’s jeans and a baggy shirt and rapped it for show and tell in grade four.

What are a few elements that each of your “My Forever Favorite” songs have in common?

The only thing that I think gives these songs a commonality is that they’re each tied quite viscerally to people in my life, whenever I hear them I go straight back to the moment and feeling I had when I was shown them.

Mindy Kaling

Which of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list have you known the longest? The shortest?

Human Nature” I’ve known the longest, it’s an anthem from my childhood. “All Night” is from Lemonade, and when I first heard the song I knew I would be listening to it on repeat at least a hundred times, like I used to when I was kid. 

Tell us a short story or memory about one of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list

I Can’t Make You Love Me” is such a sad and gorgeous song with zero hopefulness. It’s wonderful for wallowing in after a breakup (which I have done several times). 

What are a few elements that each of your “My Forever Favorite” songs have in common?

For an upbeat, positive person, I sure love a melancholy hook! I also love the lyrics to these songs. When I first heard Paul Simon sing: “Losing love Is like a window in your heart / everybody sees you’re blown apart / everybody sees the wind blow,” it was one of the most profound metaphors I’d ever heard.

Vanessa Hudgens

Tell us a short story or memory about one of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list.

New Years 2020. I was in Scotland with my mom. The hotel I was staying at was having a New Years ball. So, my mom and I got dressed all the way up and went. The setting was lovely and there was a jazz band playing. I had myself a glass of wine and next thing I know I’m asking the band if they know “Cry Me A River” by Julie London. Sure enough they did and I sang with the band. I think everyone was confused as to what the hell was going on but I loved every second of it. 

I also remember hearing In Rainbows for the first time. I was in Utah filming High School Musical 3 and I was in the bath listening to the whole album. Transported in the most magical way. “Reckoner” is one that gets me every time. 

Which of the songs on your My Forever Favorites list have you known the longest? The shortest?

I feel like I’ve known all these songs for a while, though the Sevdaliza track is most recent since it was the latest to come out. I love that entire album with a passion though. 

What are a few elements that each of your My Forever Favorite songs have in common?

They all are super vibe setters. All songs I keep coming back to. Just instantly put me into a certain mood. Different moods, but moods that I love equally.

Ready to create your own? Think back to the songs that have moved you, the podcasts that have opened your mind. Now, to create your Forever Favorites playlist and share card: 

  1. Visit the Home hub on Spotify and select My Forever Favorites
  2. Next, search and add your favorite tracks and podcasts 
  3. Then, tap the Share icon to easily post on your social channels

Finally, hit play on your My Forever Favorites playlist and enjoy the trip down memory lane.