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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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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Sad, gritty, dark, and futile. This song is sure to complement your gloomy mood as Notorious B.I.G. contemplates all of the reasons why he no longer wants to live.

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