Fed up of Listening to the Same Songs? Here’s How to Discover New Music

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Do you ever feel stuck listening to the same album by the same artist on the same platform? Fear not, here are a few tips on discovering new music;

Spotify – Arguably one of the most popular music apps, creates playlists based on your listening history i.e. if you have been listening to say Ariana Grande, it will create a playlist filled with her songs along with songs by other similar artists, the app also allows you to listen to playlists by decade, mood and genre. If you look at an artist’s profile, it will also show you similar artists and you can go straight to their profile.

YouTube – Similar to Spotify, they also create playlists for you and recommend you songs that are similar. YouTube also allows you to not only listen to music you can view the latest music videos and live performances as well as cover of songs and different/alternative versions of songs. YouTube has 24-hour streaming videos, one of the most popular streams is the Lofi hip hop radio – beats to relax/study to video.

Music podcasts and blogs – These are great ways to hear other people’s thoughts/reviews of music from artists/bands you may have never heard of and they usually go into in-depth detail, making it easier for you to decide whether or not you would like to listen to said artist/band.

Shazam – Many of us have heard songs from our favourite TV shows and movies, on a night out or simply walking past a restaurant and/or public place and wondered who sung the song you were hearing, Shazam is a helpful app that will find this out for you, you simply make sure the music is loud enough and Shazam will record it and tell you the name of the artist, song and when it was released as well as how many time it has been Shazammed.

Publications - Rolling Stone published an article back in 2012 titled 500 Greatest Albums of All Time which may inspire you. Pitchfork writes an article about the top 100 or 200 albums of each decade every few years.

You could always try talking to your friends and family and learn what they listen to, you might be surprised by what they listen to!

The options are endless.

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