Music platforms such as Spotify, Napster, and Google Music add around 24,000 tracks to their existing catalogs every. single. day.
While you might be tired of listening to the same old artists, having to search through this ever-growing mountain of tracks can feel like an impossible task. Luckily, there are plenty of simple and effective ways to narrow down your options and discover music that resonates with you just as much as your old favorites.
Want to know how to find new music that you actually like? Let’s take a look at some failsafe methods!
Search ‘Best Of’ Lists
From Pitchfork and Rolling Stone to Rate Your Music and AllMusic’s annual list, there are plenty of lists dedicated to educating the masses about musical masterpieces they may have missed out on. You can even find lists dedicated to a certain genre, making it even easier to find new music you like.
Investigate Your Favorite Artists’ Influences
Love blasting Adele out of your Big Jeff Audio American Bass speakers? You might also love her big influences, Lauryn Hill, Etta James, Karen Dalton, and Alabama Shakes. Going back to the performers that inspired some of your current favorite artists is a great way to discover music that’s new to you, no matter what decade it’s from. Also, many recording artists have their finger on the pulse when it comes to new music too, making them a good source for upcoming artists as well as past ones.
Check Out Soundtracks
Your favorite TV shows can be a great source of music discoveries, while many movie soundtracks and even video game soundtracks are full of bangers. The soundtrack to Netflix’s Sex Education is jam-packed with classic cuts you might not have heard before, while many people agree that This Is Us, Big Little Lies, Gilmore Girls, and Scandal have some of the best soundtracks of all time.
Combine Different Music Platforms
Spotify is a great place to discover music through other people’s playlists, similar artist recommendations, and the like. But by combining this with other music platforms, including the depths of YouTube and the sometimes chaotic SoundCloud, you’re sure to unearth some hidden gems beyond the usual recs. And then there’s Pandora, a “custom radio” service that takes the music you love and builds a whole new station around similar acts.
Follow Music Review Sites
Music review sites might not always share your tastes, but following them is a great way to keep track of new releases. Metacritic music offers an average of music review sites, while Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, and Needledrop update their music reviews and loved lists every week to keep their followers up-to-date.
Your Guide to Finding New Music
Finding new music can mean listening to a lot of terrible tracks before you find a music gem worthy of your favorites playlist.
But with this guide to help you in your quest, discovering new artists and classic tracks will be a lot easier from now on.
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