I have applauded and raved about Songza, but more recently I’ve been getting into 8tracks. (Don’t worry Songza, I’ll never leave you forever.) The trick with 8tracks is finding good playlists to listen to, which can be hard because there are so, so, so, SO many.
The way I got into 8tracks was through people I follow on Tumblr. I started noticing these playlists popping up on my Tumblr dashboard with cool graphically designed cover art that had some really great music. So I began listening to the playlists, which made me start looking for more playlists and before I knew it, I was hooked. I’m still wary of finding good mixes on the 8tracks site, especially since it’s difficult for users to display the song listing. (In fact, it’s impossible without listening to the mix unless the user includes it somehow.) But as long as the people I follow on Tumblr keep reblogging good mixes, I’ll keep discovering new music to love. Here are some of my favorite playlists I’ve found so far.
Created by: samanthamarie88
Description: Songs you’d get drunk to and grind up on someone at a frat party.
Sample tracks: “Swing” by Savage ft. Soulja Boy; “Shots” by LMFAO ft. Twista & Lil’ Jon; “Dance (A$$)” by Big Sean
During my college days, I didn’t go to too many frat parties but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good shake-your-ass jam. With songs from the past decade, this playlist will give anyone flashbacks to some kind of college party (or high school dance.) Whether you’re throwing your own frat or non-frat party, or just looking for something to dance to while home alone, “Fratty as F$@K” will definitely work.
Created by: casimirpulaski
Description: Your ass is grass and I’m gonna mow it. (A mix dedicated to those butts we love so dearly.)
Sample tracks: “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot; “Ms. New Booty” by Bubba Sparxxx ft. Yin Yang Twins; “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
Who doesn’t want a good booty mix in their arsenal of playlists? Not anyone fun. This playlist combines new singles with some throwbacks like Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” to make a crowd-pleasing dance mix. It’s enjoyable and impossible to hate.
Created by: kenziemegan
Description: Lets be honest, most of the time covers are always better than the original so this is a mix of covers of those overplayed and/or super popular songs that are either just as good or better.
Sample tracks: “Iris” by The Wanted; “Wild Ones” by Timeflies; “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Jessie J
I don’t know if I’d necessarily agree that “Covers Are Always Better,” but this playlist is a good attempt at proving me wrong. With some of my favorite artists covering songs by some of my other favorite artists, it’s hard not to love this mix.
Created by: mermaidsummer
Description: Another random assortment of songs that you kind of have to sing along to… (A part two to my first “fucking sing along” mix.)
Sample tracks: “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers; “Bye Bye Bye” by ‘N Sync; “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
There are a lot of sing-along playlists on 8tracks and it took me a while to find one that I particularly loved. “Fucking Sing Along: Part 2” doesn’t have everything I might include on my own road trip mix, but it has a lot. Plus, if a sing along playlist doesn’t have “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” it’s not worth a listen.
Created by: darksblue
Description: A mix of 22 upbeat songs for when you’re down.
Sample tracks: “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates; “MmmBop” by Hanson; “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
Sometimes, you’re having a bad day and you need a good mix to cheer you up. If you don’t already have your own cheer up playlist, “Head Up” is a good alternative. With a blend of contemporary tracks and classic feel-good jams, this playlist will have your head bobbing and a smile back on your face in no time.
Created by: sheeran
Description: Do you think I give a fuck about you or your opinion?
Sample tracks: “How To Be A Heartbreaker” by Marina and The Diamonds; “Wings” by Little Mix; “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
As Tina and Amy (Fey and Poehler, obvs) would say, “Bitches get stuff done.” Thankfully, one 8tracks user created a great soundtrack for getting stuff done. Ladies, if you need to get pumped up, need a little dance break, or if you just need to be productive, then this mix is for you.
Created by: loriswonderland
Description: Sit back and listen to yourself think.
Sample tracks: “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran; “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons; “Just Breathe” by Anna Nalick
A soft, slow playlist is another must-have for music lovers. Many indie playlists on 8tracks might fit this bill, but I like to mix my indie with some acoustic and maybe some surprises. Including artists like Sia and Iron & Wine with Justin Bieber and Rihanna creates an interesting, but enjoyable, genre clash.
Created by: cerseilnnstr
Description: “For that dumb blogger who thinks it’s legit to talk about you 24/7. for the twitter users who are too dumb to lock their accounts before trash talking. for that friend who is…not really your friend at all! sit down and fix your Martini with their salty tears.”
Sample tracks: “Clique” by Kanye West; “Shut Up” by Simple Plan; “My Prerogative” by Britney Spears
Similar to “♡ Bitch ♡,” “Shut Up!” is another great playlist for getting stuff done. Or maybe you need a musical outlet for your anger. Either way, sing along to a few of these jams (which span a wide range of genres) and you’ll be feeling better. Haters gonna hate, amiright?