Students share their favorite music playlists | Life
In recent years, streaming has overtaken radio, and even iTunes downloads, as the public’s preferred method of listening to music. Since the rise of Spotify and Apple Music, any song a person could think of is ready to stream anytime.
According to Business Insider, 75% of all music consumption is now streamed, which is the highest this statistic has ever been.
With so much music available, it would be easy to believe that there are endless options. However, sometimes any song or album is not what the music listener wants. Specific artists are great, but sometimes variety is needed. This is where playlists come in.
Playlists are a huge motivator when it comes to streaming and for good reason. A playlist can consist of the same genre of music or go from one extreme to the other – the theme is entirely up to the creator of the playlist. Since the 1980s, playlists, once commonly referred to as mixtapes, have exploded in popularity.
With this explosion, these streaming services are offering preset playlists where listeners can browse a collection of songs related by a common “mood.”
Mississippi State University students regularly take advantage of this innovative feature on Spotify, and many students were willing to share their favorite preset playlists and personal playlists with the public.
John Edwards, a Spotify user and fifth-year mechanical engineer, says he usually gravitates to Spotify’s preset “Undercurrents” playlist, which consists of both up-and-coming indie rock bands and well-known artists. with a similar style. Some artists on the playlist include Car Seat Headrest and Soccer Mommy. The playlist has around 150,000 listeners and Edwards discovered it by researching artists similar to what he usually listens to.
“I listen to Undercurrents because I saw there were artists like Stephen Malkmus and Purple Mountains, and it was the best way for me to keep finding music similar to them,” Edwards said.
While pre-customized music is more readily available than ever, both Spotify and Apple Music have realized that their users still enjoy creating their own playlists, while listening to pre-made playlists.
Bobbye Jackson, a senior art student, created her playlist titled “Panera Bread” in her freshman year and has continued to update it ever since.
She says the playlist consists of a lot of mid-2000s modern indie pop and folk, which would typically be played at a restaurant similar to Panera Bread. Artists on the playlist include The Beatles, Hozier and the Avett Brothers.
“I was eating at a Panera Bread and decided their playlist was slamming, so I tried to recreate the energy of it with songs I love,” Jackson said.
Bennett Mills, a senior marketer, also enjoys creating his own personal playlists. He created his playlist called “Dark Necessities”, which includes around 30 hours of alternative rock, and Mills still adds songs to the playlist on a regular basis.
“My playlist is mostly 90s rock with a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Incubus and Rage Against the Machine. There’s grunge, funk, acoustic and a whole lot of other subgenres out there so I can listen to it whatever my mood,” Mills said.
There is no doubt that playlists have become an integral part of the way people listen to music today.
The progression of music media has changed the art of creating a playlist so much over nearly 40 years, and now it’s easier than ever to create one.