SoundCloud is a really interesting alternative to Spotify and Pandora in that it will never really give you the exact mainstream song that you want. If you're looking for new up-and-coming artists that are making some wonderful alternative remixes to mainstream music, then SoundCloud is the right music streaming app for you.
It's a great chance to set yourself apart from others by showing off some possible really weird but good songs that make you feel like you're living on another planet. Please see this song right here as a reference, if at all curious to what that means.
The downside to SoundCloud is that it doesn't really provide you with full access to mainstream music like Pandora and Spotify do, but instead, the app encourages artists to play off mainstream songs and turn them into remixed versions. So you might not find the exact Lil' Wayne version of "A Milli," but you will find one dope Drezo remix version of it.
It's no surprise that one of the best features about SoundCloud is its ability to bring awesome and unheard of music right to your phone. Yes, you'll also encounter a lot of shitty self-recorded stuff, too, but apps can't be perfect, so getting past that, here's how to find out what is trending on SoundCloud charts right now.
Once you open up your SoundCloud app, you'll see the main interface. From here, simply scroll down until you see SoundCloud Charts. Within the tab, you'll be able to view the top 50 tracks for the week. Besides "All music genres," you'll also be able to check out the top 50 lists for specific categories like "Hip-hop & Rap," "Dance & EDM," "Dubstep," and so on.
To check out what's trending on SoundCloud, scroll down further until you find the section labeled SoundCloud: Trending. Like SoundCloud Charts, SoundCloud: Trending lets you browse through various playlists that are also separated by genre.
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Beyond SoundCloud's Top 50 Charts, you can also explore the "New Music Now" section to check out the latest hits for each genre, which are broken down into their own playlists consisting of around 50 songs on average. These playlists are updated updated constantly, so be sure to visit the tab often to see what's new and trending.
If you want to go beyond what's currently trending and check out tracks with the potential of making it big, SoundCloud has you covered with its Future Sounds section. Within it, you can check out various playlists that range from "Artists To Watch," "Emerging R&B," to "First On SoundCloud," and more.
These lists are truly what make SoundCloud so great. With just a few taps, you'll always be in the loop in terms of what music is currently trending around the world.
This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' special coverage on streaming, listening to, and creating music and podcasts on your smartphone. Check out the whole Music and Audio series.