Playlists are a great way to organize the hundreds or thousands of songs you may have on your iPod or other MP3 player, but do you have the right playlists to match every occasion, mood, and listener? Creating these 10 playlists can help you quickly and easily find exactly the songs you want to listen to.
1. Energetic: Think heart-pounding, blood-pumping music for this just-gotta-dance playlist. Ideal for exercising, housework, or anytime you want to get up and moving, this list should include tunes with fast-paced tempos and easy to follow beats, as well as tones and lyrics you just have to dance to.
Suggestions: Lady Gaga, PSY, Paula Abdul, C & C Music Factory, Aqua, Flo Rida, Ke$ha
2. Romantic: These songs set the mood for time with your significant other, with slow, soothing rhythms and lyrics that draw you into each other’s arms. Tempos are generally slower, and verses tell love stories of fantastic couples and dedication.
Suggestions: Wedding songs, your personal first date or first dance music
3. Retro: Dance to a blast from the past with retro tunes on this playlist. Depending on your age and the music you remember from nostalgic days gone by, these tunes may be just a few years old or could have been top hits in decades past.
Suggestions: Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, Nineties, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Bangles
4. Road Trip: If you spend a lot of time commuting or regularly take long road trips, a driving playlist is a must. These tunes might mention the joys of road travel or be associated with fun road trips of the past, but each one will keep you rocking behind the wheel.
Suggestions: “Life is a Highway” (Rascal Flatts), “On the Road Again” (Willie Nelson), “Holiday Road” (Lindsey Buckingham)
5. Genre: If your musical moods change genres, organizing playlists by general music type can help you find exactly what music you want to listen to on any given day. What genres you include is a personal decision, and feel free to include the same song in more than one list if it fits.
Suggestions: Country, techno, rap, rock, or separate genres by gender (male country and female country)
6. Nursery: Young children like totally different music than what their parents may prefer, and many songs on your iPod may not be appropriate or interesting for tender ears. Create a playlist just for the kids and you’ll never be searching for their favorite tunes in the midst of a tantrum.
Suggestions: Disney tunes, Sesame Street, nursery rhymes, Kidz Bop
7. Instrumental: These gentle songs may lack lyrics, but their rich melodies and interweaving harmonies can promote relaxation and thoughtfulness. Instrumental music can be great for stress relief, background music at a party or during dinner, or to gently fall asleep.
Suggestions: Classical music, jazz, piano compilations, nature sounds
8. Mood Music: If you occasionally have particular moods you like to match to music, a dedicated playlist can help you quickly find an appropriate montage. Personalize these lists to match different moods and choose songs that can help you adapt to and purge those emotions with ease.
Suggestions: Anger, joy, laughter, depression
9. Smiles: A playlist of your personal favorite tunes can provide an instant mood boost no matter what type of day you’ve had. Choose a wide variety of songs you love, and feel free to alter the list as needed when your personal preferences change.
Suggestions: Enough songs to always have a new one to listen to without excessive repetition
10. Special Events: Be your own DJ with playlists themed for special events. Whether it is a one-time party or a recurrent holiday, you’ll always have the right tunes to celebrate with a special event playlist.
Suggestion: Anniversaries, Halloween, Christmas, graduation, weddings
Each of these playlists – and countless others you may organize – can be personalized with dozens of songs that suit the right theme, and as you listen to each one, you’ll enjoy your favorite music right on cue.