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The One Hit Wonders Nostalgia Playlist The One Hit Wonders Nostalgia Playlist

Just because a song is old doesn’t mean it will trigger nostalgia. If you keep Beyoncé in regular rotation, listening to “Crazy in Love” probably won’t take you back to 2003 every time. But I’ve found a kind of music that’s way more likely to trigger nostalgia: the one hit wonder.

The A Cappella Sea Shanty Playlist The A Cappella Sea Shanty Playlist

“Sea chanteys are work songs, so they’re designed to coordinate effort between a group of people doing physical labor,” says video producer Jamison Hermann, who sang them while working on ships at the Mystic Seaport maritime museum. “The saying in maritime historical circles is that a good chanteyman is worth ten…

Listen to 200 Bangers Picked by NPR Listen to 200 Bangers Picked by NPR

Usually when I load up a “biggest hits” playlist, I end up skipping half the tracks. I’m barely skipping anything on NPR’s new playlist, “The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+.” Every song is good! Even the country songs! And the lead performers are all women or non-binary. Highlights include “Fuck the Pain…

Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist Check Out Our SloMusic YouTube Playlist

Eight years ago, musician Nick Pittsinger made Justin Bieber’s “U Smile” sound like ambient pop band Sigur Rós by slowing it down 800%. Bieber haters celebrated this beautiful edit, and ever since then people have been slowing down songs by 800%, 1000%, or more, and uploading them to YouTube and SoundCloud. The…

Here's Where Spotify Put All the Women Artists Here's Where Spotify Put All the Women Artists

Spotify’s top playlists feature way more men than women. Not just the algorithmic playlists, which reproduce inequalities in the music industry at large, but also in the curated ones, according to a thorough, stat-filled feature article on Baffler. For example, Spotify’s top curated playlist of 2017 was RapCaviar, a…

The Popodoro Technique Playlist The Popodoro Technique Playlist

In the Pomodoro Technique for productivity, you work for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break, and repeat. (After two hours, you take a longer break.) You can use a kitchen timer, your phone, or a specialized app. In the Popodoro technique, instead of a timer, you use music—like the new Spotify playlist from Popjustice.

The Boléro Effect Productivity Playlist The Boléro Effect Productivity Playlist

Ravel’s Boléro, the famous repetitive piece that builds to a full-orchestra climax, is the most famous example of a classical form, based on the Latin dance genre of the same name. TV Tropes, a website made entirely of rabbit holes, lists over 50 examples of this particular song structure, and we’ve collected as many…

The Lonely Nostalgia YouTube Playlist The Lonely Nostalgia YouTube Playlist

The New Yorker ran a story yesterday about the emotional experience of listening to a tinny version of Toto’s “Africa” on YouTube. The popular video simulates the sound of hearing the pop song echoing through an empty shopping mall. The piece nails the song’s effect:

Here's a Playlist of Songs You Know But You Can’t Name Here's a Playlist of Songs You Know But You Can’t Name

Hey what’s that song from? Ask MetaFilter commenters named 52 different tunes, mostly classical and big-band, that you’ll recognize instantly but might have trouble naming. And we assembled them into a Spotify playlist, along with songs from here and here.

The 'Work From Home Week' Playlist The 'Work From Home Week' Playlist

Of the many pleasures of working in the place that you live, blasting your own music might be the best. (That or going pantless.) To kick off Work From Home Week, we built you a playlist for cranking up in the home office, or pumping through your earbuds to drown out the Starbucks crowd.

The Goodbye Songs Playlist The Goodbye Songs Playlist

Farewells are never easy. A little hole opens in your heart as you watch your past fly away on a jet plane. Whether you’re glad to see it go or will miss the old days, this playlist helps you find the words to say goodbye.

The Folk Metal Playlist The Folk Metal Playlist

Folk metal is a distinctly unique genre, combining the harsh, aggressive sound of heavy metal with the homespun traditions of folk music. This week’s playlist celebrates that fiery fusion.

The Bedroom Jams Playlist The Bedroom Jams Playlist

If you want to earn extra style points this upcoming Valentine’s Day, the right soundtrack for the evening can help. You can find a playlist to go along with dinner somewhere else. Here, we have one for what comes after.

The Breakup Songs Playlist The Breakup Songs Playlist

Breakup songs are an emotional blend of anger, heartache, optimism, and renewal. This week’s playlist hits all the nerves with a blend of songs to mend the pain.

The Mass Effect Playlist The Mass Effect Playlist

Have you guys seen that new trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda? If you haven’t, go check it out. If you have, go watch it again. Then come back and put on this playlist of all of the music from this series.

The Throwback Thursday Playlist The Throwback Thursday Playlist

Thanks to the power of alliteration, Thursday’s a prime time to remember the rose-tinted days of just a few years ago. This playlist takes you back to the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

The Dungeons & Dragons Background Music Playlist The Dungeons & Dragons Background Music Playlist

Tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons or Pathfinder can be incredibly immersive with the right music. This playlist has all the music you’ll ever need to paint a picture for your party.

The Winter Classical Playlist The Winter Classical Playlist

As the whether gets colder, staying indoors looks even more appealing than it normally does. Turn on this playlist and chill out to classical music with a wintery theme.

The Darth Vader Playlist The Darth Vader Playlist

The first ever Star Wars movie without an episode number is finally out, and it’s all about that first Death Star. You know, before Death Stars became boring. To commemorate the new movie, have a playlist of Darth Vader’s favorite music.

The Holiday Party Playlist The Holiday Party Playlist

It’s finally December, which means you probably have about 47 holiday parties already lined up. That’s a lot to prepare for. Knock the playlist off the to-do list for all of them with this holiday collection.

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