Here’s how to create a playlist based on your mood

It’s rare to find a playlist that you can listen to without skipping. Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services offer a library full of playlists, but sometimes that just doesn’t seem right. Music should be just right for the occasion, and no one knows your musical taste better than you do. Building a golden loop of playlists can get frustratingly time-consuming. Prepare to spend a few days there; the best playlist won’t come to you overnight.

Here are some tips to make creating a playlist easier:

Decide on the purpose of your playlist and give it a title

This is probably the most essential part. Trying to decide on a topic to follow for your playlist can be daunting, but just think about what you want to use it for. Do you need a study playlist? Or something with a fast pace for your walk to class? Either way, try not to think about it too much. The title should be something fun and easy. Instead of “studying,” try something you associate with studying like “drinking chai tea.”

Create a playlist

This could be your favorite or hardest part. Try to think of a few songs to put in a playlist that fits the purpose of the playlist. To get started, it can be easy to write songs first and then add them to your playlist instead of trying to remember each song while you add others. You will only need a few songs because you don’t want to overload the playlist and never hear some of them.

Plug in

There are so many songs you can add, so it can be useful to listen to already created playlists. If your friends have the same musical tastes as you, it can be helpful to ask them for suggestions as well. When you have a few songs that fit your playlist, feel free to listen to other songs from the same or similar artists. Be prepared to listen to lots of music until you feel like you have enough songs.

Find an order (and ask yourself if you will use the shuffle option)

If you plan to use shuffle most of the time, you can skip this step, but if you like consistency, make your playlist a bit more structured. If it’s a workout playlist, try to make the playlist look like a hill. You want it to start a little slower to begin with, then work your way up and finally slow down. Think about your goal and try to connect the dots as much as possible. The songs don’t have to flow together, but you may not want a fast tempo song to lead to a slower one.

Replay it and complete it

Take the time to listen to it and see if it works. You might not want to do this right away, so step away for a day or two, then come back and listen to everything. Take notes if you want to rearrange certain songs or remove them from the playlist altogether. It may seem tedious, but you are allowed to multitask. If it’s a study playlist, listen to it while you study. It’s your playlist, so do what you think is best.


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