How to expand your music repertoire

Believe it or not, occasionally the predominance of 80’s rock music on my iPod wears a little thin and I have to branch out. Here’s how I do it: 

  • Ask friends to give you a list of 5 songs they’re currently listening to.
  • Listen and create playlists on Grooveshark. Another good site for this is Deezer, which has a lot of alternative versions and mixes of songs too.
  • Create a profile and look up your favourite artists on to get suggestions of similar/recommended artists. You can also create playlists and more on this site.
  • Check out global Top 40 Lists to see what other countries are listening to.
  • Look on iTunes or some of the other sites I’ve mentioned above for artists you already are familiar with but haven’t heard much from.
  • If you’re in Finland, France, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden or the UK, use Spotify for creating and listening to playlists that you can share with your friends.
  • Check out the playlists of radio stations overseas (you can’t always listen due to licensing issues). I like which is a jazz radio station in San Francisco.
  • Look up festivals in different countries (well, let’s be honest – mostly the States and the UK) to check out the lineups. Popular ones include Coachella, Lollapalooza, GlastonburyOutside Lands and The Secret Garden Party.

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