Playlist envy is real and attainable. Whether streaming your playlist live in the EarBuds app for all to hear sounds dreadful or thrilling —we've got you covered. If you're worried about reliving the disappointment of being picked last for a team in gym class or ready to amp it up, here are five tips to create an unforgettable lineup from start to finish.
You have to start somewhere.
If you have playlisters' block, you might be wondering where to even begin. Run with where the inspiration hits first. Inside the app, you have all of the flexibility you need. If you know exactly what you want to listen to, you can start by adding songs and ordering them, or select a playlist from your current Spotify or Apple Library. If your feels are ringing in loud and clear, pick a vibe from a generated list (in the app) of moods and genres and let that guide the lineup. Or, if you're feeling like a wordsmith, start with your session name. It may vary from playlist to playlist or you might tap into a consistent starting point. Regardless, find what works for you.
Also, ask yourself a few questions to get the creative juices flowing. What do you want to listen to? Where will you be sharing your playlist? Do you have a theme?
Ooooh nah nah. What's my name?
Say it louder. Let's be honest, everyone judges a book by its cover — no pressure. A good session name will entice your friends to listen or it could send them scrolling for the next best thing. Get creative, but also make sure the name matches the overall style of your list. Are you and your playlist understated, punny, ironic, edgy, or eclectic? Then, take pen to paper and jot down a few words that come to mind. Don't overthink it and have fun.
If you're creating a playlist centered around a specific theme or activity, use wordplay. Reference a lyric in one of the songs or even a song title. Or, keep it simple and direct. For instance, if you're creating your go-to workout playlist, call it "sweat," or "workout."
If words aren't your strong suit, try an online name generator for fun.
[It's] a vibe.
Pick a vibe, but not just any vibe. Keep it real. It might seem counterintuitive, but don't try to guess how your friends are feeling. Make sure your vibe reflects what you're going through and coordinates with the overall mood of your playlist. Inside the app, choose from a range of moods and genres. If you're stuck, let what you're doing in the moment inform the vibe. If you're going for a personal record at the gym, you might need to get "hyped." Heading to an 80s themed party? You might be ready to "throwback." Your friends will love seeing what you're up to and appreciate what you uniquely bring to the turntable.
The playlist lineup.
The lineup will make or break your playlist. Like your favorite festivals, create a good mix of headliners and lesser-known acts. Build your list based on the activity or vibe you're going for. Does the activity or vibe invite a slow burn, a rise and fall, or is it heavy-hitting throughout? As a general rule of thumb, start the playlist off with a song that'll hook everyone. From there, introduce your friends to artists you know they don't know well or to your new favorite tracks. Throw in an unexpected song to break things up. The options are limitless.
If you're not sold on an order or don't care, randomize the order by hitting shuffle as many times as you want.
Long playlists finish last.
Simply put, long playlists finish last. Don't hold your listeners hostage and don't cut them off too soon. Keep the playlist a reasonable length unless you have a long work day and want to keep the tunes rolling.
The EarBuds App also lets your listeners keep listening even when you leave your own playlist. Don't forget to invite your friends to your live broadcast so you can listen together.
Find out how to get into the EarBuds App here