Eight Tips For Creating The Perfect Playlist
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Eight Tips For Creating The Perfect Playlist

Follow these eight tips to create a playlist that will make people want to listen again and again.

1769
Eight Tips For Creating The Perfect Playlist

Whether you intend to give your playlist to someone as a present on a special day, to convey a message or feeling, or just want to do something nice, you can follow these eight tips to create a playlist that will make the receiver want to treasure the music mix and listen to it again and again.

1. Ask the receiver if they have any bands or songs that they want you to avoid.

Nothing can ruin a playlist faster than having a song that the listener absolutely can’t stand, killing the mood and causing them to constantly skip songs whenever they listen to the playlist. That situation won’t come about, though, if you simply ask them about their musical tastes. A playlist is a gift, so make sure that it will be one that the receiver will enjoy, and not the equivalent of getting socks on your birthday.

2. Create a list of songs.

In order to get your creativity flowing, compile a list of as many songs as you can think of off the top of your head that you believe the receiver would enjoy. After that, go through your music library to see if there is something you missed the first time. It is easier to cut back songs from a long list than struggle to find one later, so don’t be afraid to make this first draft list many times longer than the final playlist.

3. Pick the first song, end song, and how many tracks total.

While looking through the extensive list that you have created, decide on the songs at the beginning and end of the playlist and how many songs will go in between. This process establishes a framework for the direction that your playlist will flow to naturally get from the atmosphere in the first song to the atmosphere in the last song, and will make the selection of the rest of the songs easier.

4. Limit how many of the songs are by the same band.

When you are picking out the songs to go in between the first and last tracks, it can be tempting to put in many songs by a favorite band that you want the receiver to experience, but this can backfire and instead bore the listener. Limiting the songs per band will not only give the receiver a wide variety of music to listen to and stay engaged, but also help you to pick out the best possible song by each band for the playlist.

5. Pay special attention to the transitions between songs.

Once you think that you have all the songs in the order you want, you can “proofread” it by listening to only the beginnings and endings of each song. By skipping the middle of each song, you can focus on the transitions between the songs and test to see if the progression from one song to the next is comfortable and logical. Once all the transitions sound correct, listen to the final draft in full to make sure you are completely satisfied with your final draft.

6. Test to make sure that the CD, or other medium, plays the playlist properly.

It would be terrible to put in all the care and hard work into creating the perfect playlist for a loved one when they can’t even hear it. It doesn’t matter if you burned a CD, made a cassette tape, or did something else entirely, listen to the playlist to make sure that everything is in working order. Some of the most common problems and things to check for include the following: that all the tracks appear, that there is no skipping in the middle of the songs, that the sound quality is good, that there is not excessive loading times between songs, and that there are no scratches or other issues with the medium itself.

7. Think of a representative name for the playlist.

The name of the playlist is the first thing that the receiver will see, so give your playlist a catchy title to get their attention. Avoid titling playlists about the event that caused you to create the playlist, such as “Simon’s Birthday” or “Happy Anniversary.” Instead, take the opportunity to begin setting up the atmosphere of the playlist, whether it be by a reference to an inside joke, an inspirational quote, or something else.

8. Consider writing commentary to go with the playlist.

In order to make the playlist an even more personal and complete experience for the receiver, I highly recommend writing commentary that goes along with each song. You could include the reason why you put each song on the playlist, connect each song to an overarching theme, or provide a list of other songs and bands that the listener can look up similar to the song that they are listening to. My personal favorite written commentary to add is to tell stories and recount fond memories that I made with the receiver that the songs reminded me of, so that the playlist becomes the story of our friendship together.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

150 Words For Anyone Who Loves Football Games

Why I love high school football games, even though I don't like football.

755
Dallas News

When most think of high school they think of friend drama, parties, getting your drivers license, and best of all foot ball games.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics

10 Greatest Speeches In Modern American History

The United States is a relatively infantile nation, but its legacy of spoken rhetoric is one of the richest in the world.

3196
flickr

Rhetoric, in all its forms, arrives under the scrutiny of historians both for its historical impact and literary value. Dozens of speeches have either rallied the nation together or driven it drastically apart –– the impact of speeches in politics, social movements, and wars is undeniable.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics

What If The U.N. Actually United The Nations?

This is me taking a break from being cynical and imagining how the world could be one day.

4156
Unsplash

By now, people are probably sick of hearing me talk about myself, so I’m changing it up this week. In keeping with the subject of my J-Term class, I’m asking myself a political what-if question. What if we could create a sovereign global government firmly grounded in justice that could actually adjudicate Earth’s many disparate nation-states into one unified world government?

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

100 Things I'd Rather Do Than Study

Procrastination Nation, unite.

4506
Panda Whale
Here are 100 things I'd rather to than study. I know the semester just started, but

    1. Watch a movie
    2. Take a nap
    3. Have a dance party
    4. Eat ice cream
    5. Bake a cake
    6. Cry just a little bit
    7. Knit a blanket
    8. Learn to ride a bike
    9. Build a crib
    10. Watch a hockey game
    11. Watch any game
    12. Play with my hair
    13. Dye my hair
    14. Go grocery shopping
    15. Learn to crochet
    16. Do 50 jumping jacks
    17. Drive cross country
    18. Take a bubble bath
    19. Squeeze lemons for lemonade
    20. Sell the lemonade
    21. Make heart-shaped ice cubes
    22. Moisturize my knees
    23. Paint my nails
    24. Find the cure for cancer
    25. Run a marathon
    26. Just kidding, run down the hall
    27. Squat my bodyweight
    28. Eat my bodyweight in French fries
    29. Hibernate until Christmas
    30. Cuddle my body pillow (unless you have a boo)
    31. Think about all the work I’m not doing
    32. Wash my bed sheets
    33. Vacuum my apartment
    34. Play mini golf
    35. Go swimming
    36. Tan in this Texas heat
    37. Sing like I’m about to win American Idol
    38. Blow up balloons
    39. Pop the balloons
    40. Make lists
    41. Write an Odyssey article
    42. Pet a puppy
    43. Adopt a puppy
    44. Pay my rent
    45. Order a pizza
    46. Start a garden
    47. Cook a turkey
    48. Find new music
    49. Clean my waffle iron
    50. Learn to make jam
    51. Jam to music
    52. Play scrabble
    53. Volunteer anywhere
    54. Celebrate a birthday
    55. Watch a makeup tutorial I’ll never use
    56. Go through old pictures on my phone
    57. Make a playlist
    58. Take a shower
    59. Clean my room
    60. Curl my hair
    61. Climb a rock wall
    62. Get a massage
    63. Play with Snapchat filters
    64. Roast a chicken
    65. Go fishing
    66. Chug some Snapple
    67. Ride in a cart around Walmart
    68. Count the days until the semester is over
    69. Overthink about my future
    70. Think of my future baby’s names
    71. Pin everything on Pinterest
    72. Text anybody
    73. Pray about life
    74. Watch a sunset
    75. Watch a sunrise
    76. Have a picnic
    77. Read a book (that’s not for school)
    78. Go to a bakery
    79. Snuggle a bunny
    80. Clean my apartment
    81. Wash my dishes
    82. Rearrange my furniture
    83. Physically run away from my problems
    84. Make some meatballs
    85. Learn to make bread
    86. Google myself
    87. Ride a Ferris wheel
    88. Get stuck on a Ferris wheel (that way, it’s not my fault I’m not studying)
    89. Wash my car
    90. Get on a plane to Neverland
    91. Find Narnia in my closet
    92. Jump on a trampoline
    93. Learn to ice skate
    94. Go rollerblading
    95. Ride a rollercoaster
    96. Carve a pumpkin
    97. Restore water in a third world country
    98. FaceTime my family
    99. Hug my mom
    100. Tell my friends I love them
    Featured

    The Basics Of The United Nations

    As the General Assembly convenes, here is the United Nations 101

    3220
    WikiMedia

    For an organization that literally unites the nations, it amazes me how little is taught about the United Nations in schools, or at least where I went to school. It wasn't until I went to college and got a higher education that I learned the basics of the United Nations. I believe that every American should know at least the basics of what the United Nations does, especially since our country is one of the 5 permanent members. So here are the main "organs" of the United Nations.

    Keep Reading... Show less

    Subscribe to Our Newsletter

    Facebook Comments