Adding songs to a playlist can be a great way to organize your music and share it with others, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when creating one. First, consider what mood or atmosphere you’re trying to create. Do you want something upbeat and energizing? Something mellow and relaxing? Selecting songs that fit the overall tone you’re going for will help create a more cohesive playlist. Next, you would want to consider who will be listening to this playlist and what kind of music they like. The most critical aspect of building the ideal playlist is to keep in mind that no one wants to listen to the same artist or genre non-stop. Make sure to mix things up a bit to keep listeners interested.
Here are some tips:
Find Your Hook
Think about the purpose that your new playlist will serve. Is it a quick, go-to playlist with random upbeat songs that you want to play when cleaning your home or organizing your closets? Do you need to play some tunes that can stimulate certain areas of your brain, making you more creative or better focused? These playlists usually go well hand-in-hand with work tasks, studying, and hobbies like painting, drawing, or playing skill games online.
What’s the Right Approach?
Some people are more worried about following certain linear steps while creating a new playlist, concerning themselves with choosing similar styles and artists. Others choose to rely on a more creative or eccentric spark to set the foundation for a new playlist. There is no right or wrong answer here.
Whatever might be pushing you to want to create a new playlist, one thing is for sure: you need to prepare yourself to chase down your own story hiding throughout the selected songs. Once you have your hook all figured out, start expanding on the feelings that directed you there. Gradually, add songs that will match certain contexts that are representative of you, such as sitting behind a virtual poker table and needing to make a very important decision, preparing for an exam, or looking for an extra push to run a marathon.
Choose According to Your Needs
Once you have the purpose in mind, consider what kinds of songs will fit that mood. Is it for a party? A road trip? Exercise? Concentration? Relaxation? Are you trying to create a relaxed atmosphere, or pump people up for a party? Make sure the songs you choose reflect this. If you need help getting started, there are plenty of online resources with suggestions for specific purposes. Once the style or context is clear to you, opt for a dedicated music streaming service or app and select the “add similar songs” option. This will help you find dozens of more similar songs that match your criteria.
Here are a few pointers:
Opt for a “throwback” type of playlist if you want a melancholic vibe. If you are looking to relive certain happy moments in your past, choose a time when you remember having the most fun and select those songs that will remind you of those events. For instance, add jam bands like Pink Floyd with music from the 80s, fill up your playlist with some R&B songs from Destiny’s Child from the ’90s, or go back to the early 2000s pop era with some Britney Spears and OutKast tunes.
Choose casino-themed songs if you want to improve your play. Experts in the casino industry have put together what they call “awesome playlists for passionate casino players” but you can easily create your own. Try songs like Playing to Win by Little River Band, Blow Up the Pokies by Whitlams, Stephen Stills’ Black Queen, or The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. You could also listen to entire movie soundtracks from Game of Thrones or The Avengers if you particularly enjoy themed slots and want to fully immerse yourself into a game.
Choose upbeat songs for your workouts. If you need a gym playlist, choose some songs with a fast tempo and a powerful baseline, with special emphasis on EDM and dubstep songs from Nicky Romero, Martin Garix, or Modestep.
Choose soothing music for guided meditation. Whether you want to meditate, relax, and wind down, choose soft tempo tunes with a quiet baseline, with special emphasis on classical music.
To Shuffle or Not to Shuffle
This is another important question that you may ask yourself. Should you let your fate determine the next song you are going to listen to or keep your tracks in order? Some people like to sequence their playlists since each particular song is meant to tell a small part of the story. However, the shuffle option can make the experience more exciting and engaging, since you never know what you could get next. As a general rule of thumb, avoid overthinking the order of your songs. It’s not that important, as long as you are happy with every song that made it on the list.
How Many Songs is Too Many?
Ideally, your playlist should have between 30 to 50 songs. However, it all depends on the purpose why you are creating it. If you need to run half a marathon, go hiking for five hours a day, or study for six, the playlist should be long enough to captivate your attention and keep you going for as long as you need to. Adding a maximum of two songs per artist should suffice, as you do not want your playlist to sound too repetitive, boring, or easy to anticipate.
Finally, keep your ears open for new music recommended by friends or played on the radio. Feel free to add fresh tunes to your playlist constantly. There’s always room for improvement and new songs pop up every day.