A few years ago, I was sorting through some older music, and came across old Mix Tapes and CD-Rs. It’s really fun because unlike digital music, these are essentially static playlists. This is a window into what I was listening to at that time. And no, you didn’t misread that, Mix Tapes. and they were mostly from the 90s era. My first car didn’t have a CD player, it just had a cassette deck. Teenage me would regularly visit the local library and check out a variety of CDs, then spend the week picking out my favorite tracks and recording them to tapes. I also recorded some from the radio. I had a stereo with a dual cassette deck so I could easily copy some back and forth among my tapes.
Here is a fun blast from the past for ya. I had a thing for a while where I would make little custom art for my tapes too, most of them had Gunsmith Cats artwork but I also did some for Dance Dance Revolution as well.
Something really amusing I noticed here is that “Car Tape 3” includes 2 Alanis Morrisette songs, both of which are on my 2023 playlist (below).
Digital playlists aren’t quite as robust. They are honestly kind of a pain to deal with over time, because the files can move around and then the playlists essentially just break. But I did try to sort of replicate the experience of an annual playlist after the nostalgia trip of these tapes and CDs. Basically, usually sometimes in January, I make a new playlist for the year, simply named, for example, “2023 Playlist.” For the first few I would star with the previous year and seriously trim it down. More recently I just start from scratch. The idea is, it can evolve over the year though. Essentially, i start with a “best of” from previous years, music I want to listen to “now” in January, then over the course of the year, I might remove some songs, and I might add some songs.
The bigger point is, I have the old lists, if I wanted to go back and listen to things, though, that would also still have the digital music problem of, “The music was moved/removed and the list is broken.”
But at least I do still have the list.
More recently though I have been thinking of sticking these in a more meaningful file for future nostalgia (Ironically, a song that I debated adding to this year’s list but decided not to in favor of other Dua Lipa tracks). Probably some sort of simple Excel file or something, then I can eventually manipulate the listings in 5 year when I decided to do some sort of retrospective blog post and list out “This song was on 8 out of 12 Playlists!” sort of nonsense.
For now, I wanted to just, post the list, for the start of this year. I’ll alphabetize it by artist, but the order doesn’t matter, these are always just played on shuffle.
Alanis Morissette - All I Really Want Alanis Morissette - Ironic Alice Merton - No Roots Alice Merton - 2 Kids Alice Merton - Funny Business Alice Merton - Easy Alice Merton - Lash Out Aurora - The Woman I Am (Vevo Live) Aurora - Giving In To The Love Aurora - Cure For Me Aurora - A Temporary High Aurora - Blood In The Wine Aurora - Animal Aurora - Hunger Aurora - The Seed Aurora - I Went Too Far Aurora - Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) Aurora - Gentle Earthquakes Aurora - All Is Soft Inside Aurora - Churchyard Avril Lavigne - Here's To Never Growing Up Avril Lavigne - Things I'll Never Say Bt - Never Gonna Come Back Down Bt - Movement in Still Life Bt - Satellite Bt - Smartbomb CHVRCHES - The Killing Moon (Amazon Original) CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share CHVRCHES - Gun CHVRCHES - Recover CHVRCHES - Killer CHVRCHES - Screaming CHVRCHES - Bitter End CHVRCHES - Violent Delights CHVRCHES - Good Girls Explicit CHVRCHES - Death Stranding CHVRCHES - Never Ending Circles CHVRCHES - Clearest Blue CHVRCHES - Graffiti CHVRCHES - Forever CHVRCHES - Graves dodie - Monster (Vevo Live) dodie - Hate Myself dodie - Cool Girl dodie - Monster Dua Lipa - Physical Dua Lipa - Good In Bed Explicit Dua Lipa - Cool Fred V & Grafix ft. Ruth Royall - Sunrise (Season Mix) Griff ft Sigrid - Head on Fire Juno Reactor - Guardian Angel Juno Reactor - Samurai Katy Perry - Electric Kim Petras - Icey (Vevo Live) King Princess - PAIN M83 - Midnight City Magdalena Bay - Killshot Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World Metallica - Enter Sandman Metallica - The Unforgiven Neil Frances - On the Lookout (feat. Raffaella) Nigel Stanford - Automatica Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana - Come as You Are Nirvana - On a Plain Orla Gartland - Things That I've Learned Orla Gartland - You're Not Special, Babe [Explicit] Orla Gartland - Pretending [Explicit] Orla Gartland - Flatline Paramore - Misery Business Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place Raffaella - Grown Up (Vevo Live) Raffaella - Blonde (Vevo Live) Raffaella - Hell Yeah Raffaella - Sororicide Raffaella - Bardot Raffaella - BUICK Sigrid - A Driver Saved My Night (Vevo Live) Sigrid - It Gets Dark (VevoLive) Sigrid - Deep Sigrid - Dip My Heart in Confetti Sigrid - Dancer Sigrid - Mistake Like You Sigrid - A Driver Saved My Night Sofi Tukker - Hey Lion Sofi Tukker - Awoo (feat. Betta Lemme) Taylor Swift - Getaway Car Taylor Swift - This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Taylor Swift - New Romantics Taylor Swift - Fearless (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift - Love Story (Taylor’s Version) Taylor Swift - You Need to Calm Down Taylor Swift - Lavender Haze Taylor Swift - Anti‐Hero Taylor Swift - Vigilante Shit Taylor Swift - Mastermind Tessa Violet - Bad Ideas Tessa Violet - Games The Cranberries - Dreams The Cranberries - Zombie Wolf Alice - Smile