Photo of the 1975 at Terminal 5 by Lea Porcelli
The art of making playlists is not something easily perfected by many. Whether you’re looking for the perfect mix of songs to listen to while commuting to work, studying for a big exam, or kicking back with your best friends, there’s more to it than throwing a bunch of songs into a folder.
Think about where you will be when you open the playlist and press play. Will you be just getting in your car? On your way home from a strenuous work day? Picking up your friend to head out on an adventure? The first song on any playlist matters just as much as the last, and everything in the middle is what separates this art from the next.
The way that I put together a playlist is compiling a bunch of songs that I know I want to listen to, into a folder. Then, I weed them out, picking out the first and last songs, and putting them in an order that not only flows, but will perfectly accompany the passing scenery outside my car window or study spot at college.
Making such a big deal out of a simple playlist may seem ridiculous, but for those of us who can not go a minute without something to fill the silence, music is a necessity. Correction, the perfect music, positioned in the perfect order, is a necessity.
For some inspiration and new discoveries, check out my New Year playlist below.
1. Sugar City by Old Man Canyon
2. Find What You're Looking For by Olivia O'Brien
3. Way It Goes by Hippo Campus
4. Rock + Roll by EDEN
5. Such Small Scenes by Lewis Del Mar
6. Crossfire by Stephen
7. Dark Days by Local Natives
8. Best to You by Blood Orange
9. Cocoon by Catfish and the Bottlemen
10. Dizzy on the Comedown by Turnover