My friends, I have done it. I have created what I believe to be the perfect station on Pandora. Well, perfect for me, anyway. So if you like the same type of music as I do, you probably will enjoy this station as well.
So, the question is, what kind of music do I like? Well, like any other person, I have gone through many phases of musical appreciation. As a kid of the 90s, various boy bands, the Spice Girls, the Barenaked Ladies, and Matchbox 20 were my jams. As I grew up, I got sucked into the angsty teenage vortex of Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, The Spill Canvas, and other bands of that nature. That faded toward late high school and college into more of an eclectic appreciation for Ben Folds, The Decemberists, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, The Script, and a ton of others.
What I’m trying to say is that I like a lot of different kinds of music. The one thing that has become clear to me in the past 4 or 5 years is that, despite my unironic love for all things Ke$ha, the music I listen to most frequently is fairly mellow and low-key. I guess it would fall into the indie/folk/alternative pop categories, but I don’t actually know enough (or anything) about music to put my preferences into a genre.
So. Back to this Pandora station. I was looking to create a station that included the music I listen to the most frequently and that would allow me to discover new musicians of the same general vibe. I wanted a station I could listen to while I work and write; something mellow that wouldn’t distract me, but was also interesting and catchy.
I started with Of Monsters and Men, since I’ve been listening to their album “My Head is an Animal” quite a lot recently. I very quickly changed the title of the station to “My Music” (catchy, eh?) as I added more and more artists. As Pandora did its magic and played new songs based on my preferences, I liked songs and added artists to create what has become my favorite station ever (yes, even better than my Backstreet Boys station).
Here is the list of some of the artists that this station is based on:
And here is a list of some of the musicians that, through this station, I’ve discovered I also really enjoy (at least one of their songs, anyway). Some of them I’ve heard of, but just didn’t know a lot of their music, while others are totally new to me:
Does anyone have any ideas of music that might make this station even better? Or do you totally hate every musician I put on here and think I’m a big dummy for liking this music? What musicians would be on your perfect station?