Move over, Pandora. While it’s fun to listen to music that computers and algorithms predict we’ll enjoy, there’s something about a hand-curated playlist that brings up pleasant nostalgia for the mixtapes of yesteryear.
Based on the idea that the best listening experiences are created by people who love (and who love to share) music, the team of expert music curators at Songza creates “Sets” for your listening pleasure. But they don’t stop at simple “party” or “summer 2010” mix concepts—on the site you’ll find of-the-moment themes (example: the creator of “S*%t My Dad Says” made a set chronicling his Dad’s responses to each song on it) and reminders of important musical eras like The Golden Age of Slow Jams (the 90s, duh). They also team up with philanthropic partners like Amnesty International to produce sets that garner donations for charity with each listen.
And the best part of this personalized music customization? It’s completely free!
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