My Secrets To Creating The Perfect Playlists

My Secrets To Creating The Perfect Playlists

It doesn't have to be hard!!!

Creating a playlist can feel daunting. Maybe you're stumped at where to start, or you have a great concept, but something's off. These are the ways I make all of my playlists, for myself as well as for others. Hopefully, these steps help or inspire you!

For yourself:

1. Have a specific mood or event for the playlist

This isn't always necessary, but it's helpful to have a general idea of where the playlist is going, just for cohesion's sake. Here are some examples:

  • Lazy Sunday
  • Decades (50's, 80's, early 2000's)
  • Sad songs or happy songs
  • Songs from my childhood
  • Songs to scream at the top of my lungs

2. Or, start with a favorite song to set the vibe

Usually, for me, I don’t have any intention of starting a playlist until a certain song catches my eye. Sometimes a song is a whole mood and it can be the starting point for the entire playlist.

3. Stick to similar genres

It doesn’t exactly sound right going from Black Sabbath to Princess Nokia... but if you can make it work please contact me... I'm interested.

4. Move the songs around to make sure the flow is right

This is just a matter of paying attention to the beginnings and endings of each song as well as the feelings they portray. You want slower songs next to other slow/ moderately paced songs. It’s also a good idea to either start with fast songs and gradually end with the slowest song or vice versa.

5. Length

A typical playlist of mine is between 8 and 16 songs. Longer is better, and feel free to exceed 16 songs. However, short playlists can simply leave you unsatisfied. Cultivate the precise mood you're looking for with plenty of songs.

For others:

Follow all the steps above, these are just a few more points to think about!

1. Keep their music taste in mind

This one’s obvious. The most important thing is that they enjoy it. Unless they asked you to broaden their musical horizons, keep it confined to what you know they’ll like. Be careful not to make a playlist of songs they’re already obsessed with, just keep it familiar.

2. Include risky songs you think they’d love

This step is to ensure that the playlist will still be interesting. Of course, keep the flow of the playlist and stick to the same few genres, but they’d probably appreciate being introduced to a new artist or potential favorite song. I try not to stray from their music taste but venture slightly outside of their box. You're knowingly making a risky decision, so you have to make sure they’re *bops*.

3. Add one or two songs that are your own favorites

Sometimes I just want someone else to scream the words along with me.

4. Pay attention to lyrics

Often, I’ll have a perfect song for the overall sound of a playlist, but the meaning wouldn’t be right for the person I’m making the list for.

It’s really special if you happen to find a song about something your dedicatee is interested in. It shows you put a lot of thought into making their playlist.

If you’re making a playlist for a significant other, listen to the lyrics in the same way you would for anyone else, but feel free to add in all the cushy love songs you want. Another plus in a playlist for a partner is to include songs that remind you both of a specific moment together.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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