Whether you’re looking to choreograph new dances, make a stretch playlist or spice up your personal library, these top-notch music streaming websites will help you uncover new songs.
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Songza is a free site that finds music to complement a specific mood. Set the day of week and time of day you’re listening, and the site will give you multiple categories. For instance, entering “Tuesday morning” brings up options from “taking a sunny stroll” to “working.” Another five subcategories will then help you determine genre. Are you wandering dreamily, or is it more of a hip-hop stride? Once you decide, Songza offers three playlists to choose from: A dreamy wander leads to rural sounds, cinematic soundtracks or beachy tunes. As you listen, a thumbs up or thumbs down button helps you customize likes and dislikes, and similar artists are suggested.
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Spotify has always allowed users to browse its large online library, but this summer the site released a new feature. Click “discover” on the left side of the page or app, and it will offer artists, songs or playlists based on your recent listens. It also keeps up with new releases by your favorite artists. Spotify’s expansive library is free on your computer when connected to the internet, but if you want to add it to a mobile device, you’ll have to pay $9.99 a month.
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