I listen to quite a bit of music every day. But because I like many different things, depending on my mood, the time of day or whatever else, I want to sort my playlists not by genre but by month. This way, I can listen back and remember how I felt in March, what I did in May and why November’s playlist might be sadder than the others.
Monthly playlists are like musical diaries; they hold many memories and emotions and allow you to easily revisit events you connect to these emotions. This year had some of the highest highs and the lowest lows, all captured in twelve playlists. Some of them are sealed away only to be listened to when you need a reminder of a specific event. And some on repeat through the year.
To not clutter my playlist library, at the end of the year, I like to take all these playlists and put them together into one extensive playlist for 2021, a playlist that contains my year in music.
I have started doing this in 2017, and I can tell you, it is a lot of fun to revisit your playlists, see how much your taste in music has changed, and see what has remained consistent through the years.