I don’t know about you, but all too often I find myself in a musical rut.
I am struck by the urge to listen to a certain type of music, to listen to said music nonstop for weeks or even months, I find that I can’t stand said music anymore and I end up flipping through the playlists Spotify and stalking my friends’ music choices for an unbearable time until I stumble upon my next lyrical obsession.
Please allow me to digress for a moment …
When I first tried Tinder, all I wrote in my profile was, “I’m sick of my current music. What do you got for me? It did wonders for the dual purpose of increasing matches and developing a new playlist (which I’m fed up with now).
Anyone, since a good chunk of people I know now use Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot to organize their home, life, shopping and entertainment choices, I thought it would be worth taking a look at what Alexa could do for me and my musical boredom.
Because I am chic like that.
It turns out that there are a huge number of options!
For those of you who are new to Alexa, here is the explanation from Amazon the way “she” works:
“Alexa lets you ask questions and make requests using just your voice. For example, you can ask Alexa a question, such as “What’s the weather like today in New York?” Or tell Alexa to do something, like “Add batteries to my shopping list” or “Play jazz.” When you talk to Alexa, a recording of what you asked Alexa is sent to the cloud. ‘Amazon so that we can process and respond to your request.
“You access Alexa differently depending on the type of device you’re using. For “hands-free” devices, such as Amazon Echo, you access Alexa by saying the wake word (Alexa, Echo, Amazon or computer). For other devices, like some Fire tablets, you access Alexa with the push of a button. “
Help categories provided by Alexa include:
- Music and entertainment
- Call and messaging
- News and information
- Questions and answers
- Help around the house
- Smart home
- Fun and games
- Alexa skills
So back to the playlist dilemma, I fished a bit …
According to Amazon (again), you can “add music to your playlists anytime in the Amazon Music app”.
Sounds damn easy, and not only that, but it turns out that selecting a playlist someone else has already created through Alexa is even easier than I thought!
All you have to do is say “Alexa!” and then, “Play [whatever playlist you want] playlist. “And voila! Music!
From there you can do all kinds of things, from shuffling a playlist to repeating a song to – trumpets, please! – ask Alexa to kick off a song you’re sick of!
Here are some of the best Alexa commands:
Here are 11 best Amazon Music playlists that you must ask Alexa to play for you right now:
As far as I’m concerned, all good things have to start with 90s hip-hop. That’s how it is.
And you just can’t go wrong with this mix with Outkast, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Common and many more.
In the 90s, it was happening in all genres, what can I say?
Nothing says freedom and the sun like some Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Beck, U2, Blind Melon and just about everyone who got us all to ride the flannel wave there is to. barely 3 decades. (OMG, I feel old …)
Lest you think I’m just a foggy old man who’s going to use this article as a way to relive my college days, I’m handing you this reading list to say hi, “So there!” This one might not be full of today’s latest hits, but these are pretty easy to find on the first screen of any music app you choose.
The eclectic combo of hits from Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Maroon 5, Lil Wayne, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Linkin Park will keep you playing all day long.
Whether you’re the kid of a hipster or a hipster with kid, nothing but the coolest of the cool will suffice, even (or maybe mostly), when it comes to your choice of tracks. And what could be cooler for an ultra-modern kid than going exactly retro ?!
This playlist featuring Barenaked Ladies, Lisa Loeb, Casper Babypants (OMG, why didn’t I think of that name?!?!), Cake and Recess Monkey will ensure your youngster stays ahead of their time by keeping just enough of a foot ironically left in the past.
I have to be honest here. I don’t know much about country music, but I know it’s a great mix of training.
This list includes names both die-hard country fans and those less in the know will all like, such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, and Dustin Lynch.
Nothing, and I’m not saying anything, says “let’s go” like good old R&B.
Take the long list of artists included here like Beyonce, Teddy Pendergrass, SWV, Janet Jackson, Maxwell, R, Kelly, Usher, Aretha Franklin, Jodeci, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Toni Braxton, Justin Timberlake … I want to say, it doesn’t get sexier than that.
The perfect pairing for any dinner party, or really any occasion where you just want to chill out, is good old classic rock.
This combo brings together the heart, courage and passion of world famous bands like America, Jim Croce, The Beatles, Neil Young, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, James Taylor, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones.
Some days you just need to scream it out, and in those times, nothing dampens your fury like heavy metal / hard rock.
Songs from Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Korn, Rob Zombie and many more are the perfect way to grant yourself permission to scream at the top of your lungs without alerting the authorities who have to pay you a visit.
For theater geeks and the more prestigious alike, sometimes the only thing that hits the mark is a good old-fashioned Broadway show tune.
Great numbers from this playlist of crowd-pleasing classics Hamilton, Les Misérables, Wicked, Rent, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, and more.
For the rebels among us, punk is the way to go.
These great tracks like Fall Out Boy, blink-182, Good Charlotte, Weezer, Panic! At the nightclub, My Chemical Romance and their team have more energy than most puppies I’ve ever met.
OK, that was a weird analogy to use for punk rock bands, but you know what I mean.
11. Eminem and more
Just because he’s my boy, I had to add this playlist that revolves around Eminem and his cohort of rap stars like Dr. Dre, The Notorious BIG, 50 Cent and Obie Trice.
I don’t know what it is about these gentlemen, but their music makes everything feel a little better.
Actually, I think maybe I should go put this one on right now …
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