SoundCloud 101: Easily Find the Perfect Playlist for Your Event

Easily Find the Perfect Playlist for Your Event

Within the last week, there have been at least three times when someone asked me to play a good playlist. This is always a tough call. What if I play something that nobody likes? I probably will.

With SoundCloud, you don't need to have that fear. The app is ready with the perfect playlist fit for whoever it is that you want to impress. Unlike Spotify and Pandora, SoundCloud won't hand over a teen girl's most-popular Bieber playlist. Instead, the app likes to direct you to playlists with more ... alternative choices than your typical radio favorites.

This means that it's unlikely for someone to judge your chosen playlist too hard because they probably won't know most of the music that your chosen SoundCloud playlist generates from. Even if a mainstream song sneaks in, it will most likely be remixed.

So, this is the perfect time to impress your guests with your unheard of music choices. You might even get a few new SoundCloud followers after the whole thing is over too. So how do you find SoundCloud's awesome mixes?

Method 1: Explore SoundCloud's 'The Upload' Feature

First, from within your SoundCloud app, you'll see the main interface. Tap on the search icon (a magnifying glass) either at the top of the screen (Android) or bottom (iPhone).

Right at the top, you'll see SoundCloud's "The Upload" feature, which curates new songs based on your tastes into a playlist specifically tailored to you. The playlist refreshes every day, so you'll never find a shortage of freshly-uploaded music to check out.

"The Upload" is the place to find the pulse of SoundCloud music and what's going on. The more you use the app, the better your customized playlist will be as the feature constantly updates to figure out what you like or what you might be into.

I'd recommend this playlist as a good one to incorporate into your everyday routine.

Method 2: Explore SoundCloud's 'Playlists for ...' Feature

If you're looking for a playlist for an event, though, I'd recommend scrolling even further down in Search until you see the Playlists for ... sections. You'll find a list of different playlists catered for chilling, partying, relaxing, studying, working out, and even sleeping. Choose the one that fits what you need at this moment right now.

Scroll to the right of each playlist to toggle between different ones posted by different users. From here, you can explore each playlist listed under each category, until you find the one right for your event.

If you'd like to save your newfound playlist to your SoundCloud Collection, then check out our link below on how to do just that.

Lastly, have fun, you all. SoundCloud is a great place to explore the nether regions of music, so don't be afraid to keep on digging for the stuff that really speaks to you.

Follow me on SoundCloud at Bettina Mangiaracina to see how I'm currently using these tips and tricks on my own account.

Cover image, screenshots, and GIFs by Bettina Mangiaracina/Gadget Hacks

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