In my pre-college days, I didn’t pay much attention to Spotify. I often listened to songs on YouTube or bought them on iTunes. I spent quite a bit of money on songs, but I loved being able to make playlists for different occasions. Once I got to college, however, Spotify was everywhere. I initially signed up for a free account, but soon found out that the monthly premium subscription fee was well worth its hype*. I can now listen to all of my songs and playlists wherever I am (online or off!), and don’t have to worry about spending too much money on songs that I really enjoy.
I am definitely not a music expert, but I asked on Twitter whether anyone would be interested in me sharing my playlists with you. I got very lovely responses from many of you, so thank you and I hope you enjoy my recommendations! You can follow my playlists directly if you are interested as well, just search for Alyssa DeBella on Spotify! 🙂
Study Session Playlist
I thought I would start out with the playlist that I use quite frequently, which is my Study Session 2015-2016 playlist. In high school, I found that I needed to have music on in the background in order to concentrate. However, I also soon figured out that I needed music without words (otherwise I would end up singing along and not concentrating at all). I started to play classical music, and the results were amazing. It was enough to add background noise to my environment, but was also not something I could sing along to. Spotify has many great classical songs to choose from, and I chose my favorites to add to this playlist. If you haven’t tried listening to classical music while studying, I encourage you to give it a try and let me know what you think!
Gym 2015-2016 Playlist
This is my second most-used playlist on Spotify. For workouts I personally prefer to listen to popular songs with catchy beats. I find that these songs are great for cardio workouts and other gym sessions. My playlist includes Ariana Grande, Alessia Cara, Flo Rida, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, and other artists. I also have songs by Fall Out Boy, Daughtry, and Panic! At The Disco to add more variation. This playlist has 3 hours and 19 minutes of music, so it won’t repeat in the middle of a workout!
Free Time 2015-2016 Playlist
I originally had a few playlists that I listened to during my free time, and I managed to consolidate them into one. These songs are for when I am reading, surfing the Internet, catching up on social media, or eating meals. The playlist includes quite a few acoustic songs as well as a few mellow songs from Ed Sheeran, Adele, Echosmith, Imagine Dragons, and The Mowglis (to list a few)! I am someone who enjoys having background music whenever I can, so this is the perfect playlist for my downtime.
I currently only have three playlists on Spotify, but I will definitely create more as the semester progresses and share them with you. 🙂
I do, however, have a couple recommendations for stations to listen to on Spotify when you don’t have enough time to make a playlist (or for when you want to listen to something new)!
Afternoon Acoustic by Spotify
This playlist has a variety of songs and song covers for those afternoons where acoustic music is the perfect fit. I love to listen to this station when I am reading, working on a more creative project, writing blog posts, and cleaning on the weekends.
Happy-Go-Lucky by Spotify
This is a great playlist for when you need upbeat songs from all genres. This mix has songs by Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, The Jackson 5, Jason Mraz, Train, Talking Heads, and more! I love listening to this playlist when I need to re-energize or motivate in the middle of the day or early in the morning. This playlist has great variety, and works wonders for making typically mundane tasks (such as washing dishes and doing laundry) much more enjoyable.
I hope you enjoyed my first Spotify post! Let me know if you would like to see more of these (perhaps monthly or seasonally?), and give me your Spotify recommendations in the comments (I am always looking for new music)!
*Spotify Premium is $10/month unless you are a full-time student, in which case it becomes $5/month while you are enrolled. This post was not sponsored or endorsed by Spotify, I just thought I would share my playlists and recommendations with you. 🙂
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