Thursday, January 26, 2006

iPod Playlistless

After I finished uploading all of my CDs to iTunes and my iPod, I found myself getting really overwhelmed by my listening options. For whatever reason, choosing something to listen to from approximately 4,500 songs isn't an easy task. It's quite different than choosing a CD from the 50 or so I'd keep in my car. I had to create some playlists to fit my mood and make it that much easier to quickly decide what to listen to, especially in my car where I do most of my iPod listening. My playlists include:

Workout - cardio: I need really upbeat music to keep me going. I tried to listen to a podcast and watch an episode of Desperate Housewives that I'd missed, but I only got about 75% of my usual workout intensity. Some of my favorite cardio workout songs right now include "Tear You Apart" by She Wants Revenge, "Technologic" by Daft Punk, "Age of Consent" by New Order, "Lose My Breath" by Beyonce and "Wanna Be Startin' Something" by Michael Jackson.

Workout - weights: This is the place for music that makes me want to kick someone's ass, just what I need while lifting weights. Current favorites include "Jesus Walks" and "New Workout Plan" by Kanye West, "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails and "Army of Me" by Bjork.

Workout videos: This is what I watch while I'm on the elliptical machine. Videos include "Beat of my heart" by Hilary Duff, "Harder to Breathe" by Maroon 5, "Since You Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson, "Dare" by Gorillaz, "Around the World" by Daft Punk and "Boyfriend" by Ashley Simpson. Yup, lots of teeny bopper stuff. Don't knock it till ya try it!

20-something boys: When I'm in the mood for my "boys," I rely on this list. It features lots of John Mayer, Gavin Degraw, Maroon 5, Marc Broussard, Howie Day, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Josh Kelley, James Blunt and Death Cab for Cutie. I'm about to add some Ben Lee, my latest discovery. His songs are amazing - it's like listening to a hug!

Car dancing: I'm the girl you see in the car next to you rockin' out, especially at stoplights. Favorites for this list include Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Something" and "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough," Salt N Pepa's "Shoop" and "Whatta Man," and Van Morrison's "Wild Night."

Crooners: This is the playlist when I feel like having a honey voice dripped all over me. My crooners include plenty of Harry Connick Jr., Jamie Cullum and Michael Buble.

Girls: Last, but certainly not least, I give some props to the ladies. This list includes Sarah Barailles, Rachel Yamagata, Gwen Stefani, Jem, Fiona Apple, Joss Stone and Tori Amos, among others.

What are your playlist categories?

[about a vintage Wurlitzer jukebox] "And here, another rarity - according to the archives, this was called an iPod. It stores classical music from humanity's greatest composers - play on!" [jukebox plays Soft Cell's "Tainted Love"] - Cassandra, Doctor Who


  1. I just may have to "steal" some of your playlist songs! A crooner list...I like that idea.

    I like Bon Jovi's "Unbreakable" when I'm throwing the weights around. LOL

    Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Wow your playlists are sooo good. I can't gey my shuffle to play at all.:(

  3. Hm. I was JUST thinking about my playlists too! Maybe I'll let you know what they are...

    "it's like listening to a hug!" That made me laugh. I don't think it was supposed to...

  4. I just raided the hubby's stuff...too much punk to mello out...

  5. I group my songs by mood in the "Grouping" column. Then I set up smart playlists for each mood, and I've got instant mixes for however I'm feeling: Happy, Insanely Happy, Comatose, Nostalgic, Sentimental, Wanna Dance, etc.

  6. great post. i just reorganized my library and was struggling with how to categorize, too. i just updated my "vocal" category to "crooners." i love that.

  7. Nanette,

    Thank you for the advice you gave me on my blog. I am definitely going to look into it.

    Hope you had a great weekend!


  8. i looooovveeee "tear you apart" by she wants revenge. it's my song of the week! hehe ... and i envy you ... i wish i had a working ipod. i need to reset mine but i don't have the disc. grr

  9. I would like to get the Workout Weights one. YES! I WANT TO KICK ASS!!!!