5 Ways Anyone Can Make A Good Playlist

5 Ways Anyone Can Make A Good Playlist

Your guide to maximizing your music playlist.
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If you are like me, you love music. Music means the world to you, whether you're playing it, listening to it, or looking for new content.

It is often the case that we listen to more than one genre. People commonly dislike certain genres, but they usually like many more genres than they hate. And so, the issue of organizing your music arises.

Behold, the invention of playlists. Even before iTunes existed, there was the ancient art of the mixtape. Young high school boys across the country would think to themselves, "what 15 songs could I mesh together on one cassette tape to make that cute girl in my Chemistry class to fall in love with me?" Putting music together on one playlist is an age-old process. Here are a few tips to help you create those playlists in this modern age of music, no matter what genre you like:


1. Do Not Settle for "Decent Songs"

In your playlist-making endeavors, you will be finding a multitude of music. Throughout this search, you must keep in mind that you will quickly get tired of listening to songs that you think are, "just okay." Therefore, you should only add the songs that you love right away.

2. THEME, not GENRE!

No matter what genre of music you like, your genre of choice probably has several sub-genres. Making your playlists by simply meshing songs of the same general genre together will culminate in an inconsistent playlist. It is okay for music of different genres to be on the same playlist, as long as they give off the same vibe.

3. Pandora is your best friend

Pandora is one of the best mediums of musical exploration currently in existence. However, most people use it for the same function that they use playlists for. Using a playlist gives people the luxury of not having to skip songs that they don't like, which is why Pandora should only be used as a tool, for finding new music and not the main medium.

4. Keep Shazam ready at ALL TIMES!

You never know when you're going to hear a great song. Keep your playlists organized so that you can easily add music to whichever playlist fits the song you've found on the fly. Shazam is a great App that helps users identify good songs that they hear randomly. This will only help add depth to any music playlist you're developing.

5. Understand Your Mood

At the end of the day, music essentially serves as a trigger. We listen to specific kinds of music to feel specific ways. Whether these feelings are simple or complex, have a playlist that accounts for every one of your most common moods. After all, you're not going to want to hear heavy metal after your girlfriend broke up with you for giving her a crappy mixtape.

Happy playlist making, my friends.


Cover Image Credit: Berklee College of Music

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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