Whether it’s a carefully-curated set of gems for the selective music geek or a spontaneous mix of familiar bops anyone can jam to, a good playlist can spell the difference between a boring commute and a fun one, an awkward gathering and a memorable party.
While constructing your own one-of-a-kind musical collage can be fun, the sheer range of choices on everyone’s favorite streaming platform can make it difficult to know where to start. Here are a few tips to set you off:
On the road.
Trips to the beach or Tagaytay often take us through charming scenic routes and long, open highways. Roll down your windows, let the breeze in, and remember that getting there is always half the fun.
Song Suggestions: Tears for Fears
’ classic hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Carly Rae Jepsen
’s saxophone-laden pop confection “Run Away With Me,” and Chance the Rapper
’s jubilant rap hit “No Problem.”
The Dad Jams.
Admit it—we all steal from our dads’ playlists sometimes. With a sizeable collection of old records and greatest hits albums to dive into, you (and dad) will have no shortage of groovy tunes to sing along to.
Song Suggestions: Earth, Wind & Fire
’s “That’s the Way of the World”
has a seriously addictive rhythm, while The O’Jays
’ “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)” is one of those songs everyone has heard at one point and loves instantly.
You may be a tad embarrassed (just a tad!) to reveal these songs as part of your playlist, but they’re there, and you know every single word to each.
Bop to Britney Spears
’ instantly recognizable “Toxic,” and channel your inner karaoke queen/king with classics like The Bangles
’ “Eternal Flame” and Mariah Carey
’s “We Belong Together.”
Hangout and chill.
Order a pizza, pair with your favorite beverage, and unwind with your friends with a playlist that sets the night’s relaxed, easy tone.
Song Suggestions: SZA
’s beautifully-layered R&B record “The Weekend,” Daniel Caesar
’s sweet, slow “Get You,” and pop rock sensation UNIQUE
’s fresh and catchy “OZONE (Itulak ang Pinto).”
Work it out.
Pair your workout sessions with a playlist that goes hard. Catchy, energizing tracks help set your pace and push you to finish strong.
That beat on Kendrick Lamar
’s “HUMBLE” just makes you want to lift three times your body weight. Migos
’ “Stir Fry”
and Kanye West
’s aptly titled “The New Workout Plan” will have you spinning or running the treadmill.
Debit Mastercard has come up with these starter packs. Go over these mini-playlists and add your own to create the ideal mix. You can use your Debit Mastercard to avail a Spotify Premium 60-day Free Trial, and enjoy its ad-free, offline listening features from now until Nov. 15.