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How to Create the Perfect Playlist

Music & Podcasts

March 26, 2023

How many hours did you spend trying to find a decent playlist to enjoy that has songs you like? Be honest now. Hours and hours, am I right?

Well, no more! After all, we all need a boost. Whether we are doing a regular activity, like running, or a more distinguished one, we need something to hype us up. Therefore, you are going to learn how to create a perfect playlist that you won't be able to stop listening to.

Here are some essential steps along with some tips and tricks.


What's the purpose?

The first thing you are going to do is ask yourself a simple question: what is the purpose of this playlist?

A playlist can be created based on several principles, but here are some ideas:

  • A specific mood
  • Life-like, for example, growing up, relationships, dreams, anything you find fitting
  • Current favorites
  • Movies/ TV shows/ books (songs that remind you of those)
  • Emotions (a single one, or a fuse of them)
  • A specific moment (example: late night driving, studying, and whatever else you can think of)

After you decide what direction you want it to take, you just have to expand the feeling and figure out what songs will make the cut.

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The order

How important is the order of the songs in a playlist? First, you should take into consideration if you are going to use the shuffle setting or just play the tracks in the preset sequence.

If you choose to tell a story differently with each song, then using the shuffle option is less obnoxious. However, if the playlist is merely a collection of specific types of music that you added over time, then the order is quite insignificant.

Just don't think about it too much, or you'll complicate this more than it needs to.


The Structure

Music is an important factor, but so is structure. You don't want to play a lot of tracks by the same artist or have multiple songs that are similar. You should also have a balanced number of new songs and songs you've listened to many times before.

After you select all the songs that you want to add to your new playlist, you have to structure them properly for variety and order. Making a mix is all about discovering the right harmony for you.

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Update it

Having a playlist you listen to every day is great, but you must take into consideration the responsibilities. Now, this isn't as bad as it may sound. You just have to make sure to add new songs once in a while, so it remains fun and fresh.

You can rearrange them or take some out, but nothing too drastic. Just make sure you're satisfied with the adjustments you've made at the end of the day.

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Only select music you love

Your playlist will most likely be a success if you only select songs that you love, especially for the theme you choose to embrace. Given that you will choose the music you are most comfortable with, you have a higher chance of creating a cohesive mix that you truly enjoy.


Find Inspiration

You can't expect to just know about 50 songs or more that will fit perfectly with your theme, you need to search for new ones as well. You can experiment with friends and ask for suggestions, listen to certain playlists for inspiration, and select the tracks that you like the most, or just hear them in your car. Be on the lookout for new genres, artists, speeds, intensities, instruments, and beats just to keep the playlist fresh. Whatever the case, you should always be on the hunt for new songs that are to your liking.

You should also be aware of the fact that "new" doesn't only mean recently released, it can also mean that they are simply new to you.

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The details

This might not seem such an important part of creating a masterpiece, but it sure is.

There are 2 things that you still need to think about when creating your playlist: the cover and the name you are going to choose. These two should be the ones that represent the theme best since they catch your eye first.

For the photo, you have multiple options, some of them being:

  • a color that gives you the vibes of the tracks
  • a picture of nature that you think of while playing the songs
  • a specific aesthetic photo

You can choose any photo that you find fitting for your perfect playlist. It may take some time to search for it, but it is worth it.

As for the name of the playlist, the sky is the limit. You can choose absolutely anything, as creative or simple as your heart desires. You can even name it with a fun combination of emojis if you consider it an easier way.

Although you might have trouble coming up with an original, fun, or right name, there are a few playlist name generators online that can make your life easier.

Playlist name generator

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Try it out

At the end of the day, when you are done with making your playlist or making some changes, it is time to give it a listen. Just relax and start playing your brand new creation and adjust if needed. There may be times when you're going to listen to it and realize a certain song doesn't quite fit in, so just make small changes to accomplish the perfect tracklist. Practice makes perfect!


Ioana Moga
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Ioana is a high school student who has a passion for writing. In her free time when she's not doing schoolwork, she can be found reading books, finding new music, or watching Youtube.