Finding new music you will like is a big task. There are so many new tracks being released all the time, how do you go through all of them? It’s overwhelming, and that’s not how music should be.
For some time now, you could discover the best music from each week through Noon Pacific. But as an NP subscriber, I can tell you that it hasn’t filled the void I want to fill. I don’t always play it each week. I don’t always like the songs featured. And after some time, even Noon Pacific started feeling overwhelming since I have to listen to the whole playlist to find tunes I’ll like.
I needed something simpler to find a likeable song quickly and easily. These are the fruits of my search.
1. A Song A Day (Email): One New Song, Every Day, in Your Inbox
A Song A Day started as a fun little email chain between friends. These friends wanted to share music with each other, and would recommend one new song every day. But then it got featured on Product Hunt (read our interview with Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover) and became an instantly popular start-up.
Sign up and you will get one email delivered to your inbox every day with a song. The beauty of this is that all the songs are chosen by humans, not algorithms. The human connection of sharing a song and finding someone else who likes it is a beautiful thing. That’s what you’ll get to enjoy with A Song A Day. That, and great new tunes, of course.
2. RCRDList (Email): One New Album Every Day
Some artists focus on making single songs. Some artists focus on making albums. In this singles-friendly world of music, we’ve lost the thematic effect of listening to an album in its entirety. RCRDList brings back that joy.
Every day, the site will send you an email with a new album you should listen to and enjoy. So instead of a random playlist for the day, listen to an artist on your commute to work and really get a feel of what they’re all about. It’s the best way to discover whether you like a musician or not, rather than judging them on one song.
3. Trbble (Web): Listen to the Best Part of Any Song
Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of the most renowned classic rock bands. Their most popular song, Freebird, is almost ten minutes long. You can’t be expected to listen to that and a few other songs to figure out if you’ll like them. So Trbble makes it easier by taking you directly to the best part.
Trbble lets users decide what the “best” part of a song is and upload it. A brief test of some songs showed that it’s actually a pretty good selection. Choose a genre, and it’ll show you a few selections. Start playing to see what you like. If you like it, you can listen to the full song in another click.
Trbble seems to work on an upvote system, and upvote systems can damage communities in the long run. But for now, it works well. Not a bad way to find new tunes, is it?
4. Music Suggestions Ninja (Web): Auto-Generate Playlists Based on an Artist [No Longer Available]
You know a band whose music perfectly fits the mood you’re in right now. Let’s find others like it? Throw an artist or band name into Music Suggestion Ninja and it will create a playlist of similar musicians for you.
Here’s how it works. Key in the name of an artist or band you like. Music Suggestion Ninja will crunch it for a few seconds and then spit out a YouTube playlist, generated algorithmically, with songs you are probably going to like. It’s that simple. You don’t even need to sign up to use this site.
It’s a nice way to get a customized playlist based on the genre you’re in a mood for. For the best results, pair it with some nifty extensions to improve music on YouTube,
5. TuneFind (Web): Find Music from Movies and TV Shows, Down to Exact Scenes
You probably discover new music regularly while watching a film or your favorite TV show. You can identify the music through Shazam or SoundHound, but you want to continue watching! And then you forget about the song. You still know you liked some song from that show, you just can’t remember what it was. TuneFind is where you go to find it again.
TuneFind works for both movies and TV shows, but it especially excels with TV shows. For example, take Scrubs, a show known for its wonderful soundtrack and use of songs. TuneFind lists songs by every season, and every episode, and even describes the scene! So you can find exactly the right song each time.
You can directly play the song on Apple Music or download it through iTunes or Amazon.
How Do You Discover New Music?
Regular music listeners, we want to know which apps or tools you use now to find music that you’ll enjoy. Noon Pacific is obviously a top contender here, but what about Spotify playlists or Apple Music’s curated playlists? And do you use any third-party apps?
Tell us how you tune in to new tunes.