Music is an essential ingredient of human culture. Everyone enjoys some kind of music or a related activity. Whether we enjoy passive listening, humming along, singing, playing an instrument, or dancing, music is always there. Even when there is no music, we sometimes seem to recognize a rhythm or musical sounds because the human brain, and thus its sensory extensions, such as the eyes and ears, are trained to recognize patterns, no matter how remote they are.
In this article I will show you music websites to find songs you like, discover new music, and gain a deeper understanding of music as a whole.
The MTV Music Meter ranks over a million artists and allows you discover what is hot in the music scene right now. The ranking is not only based on album sales, but also on how many times they are mentioned on the social networks, in blog posts, news articles, and streams. Click on the little pull-down button to expand more information for the respective artist.
The MakeUseOf Directory has previously profiled MTV Music Meter.
Maybe you’re totally not into mainstream and the radio stations generally just bore you. If you are always on the lookout for new talent and the latest independent trends, you should check out TuneCrank! It finds, ranks, and streams the best independent music, including touring bands, buskers, and anyone else who is frank enough to upload their music to the site. You can vote for songs and share your favorites with your friends.
We have previously profiled TuneCrank in the MakeUseOf Directory.
Music can be a great motivator for your workout. Not only will it be more fun, chances are you will actually work out longer and do better. On Jog.fm you can get a fresh mix for your exercises, whether you’re running or lifting weights. You can either enter the time of your workout or browse for popular music
Jog.fm also is available for the iPhone.
We have previously profiled Jog.fm on the MakeUseOf Directory.
8bitcollective is a repository and file sharing community for chiptune-related media. Chiptune is synthesized electronic music that is typically produced with sound chips of old computers and video game consoles. All media released on 8bitcollective is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.5 license and can be downloaded, shared, and remixed legally for non-commercial purposes.
We have previously profiled 8bitCollective on the MakeUseOf Directory, and in the Sound Sunday edition of February 6th this year I featured a sampler album from them.
There are some great apps out there that let you find music by simply humming a bit of the melody. However, if you’re entirely unable to get the melody right, here is an alternative to find tunes played on popular TV shows. You can find songs that appeared on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, or Cold Case. The site can be browsed by show, artist, and some movies are included, too.
We have previously profiled HeardOnTV on the MakeUseOf Directory.
If you’re interested in finding out how different styles of Metal and associated genres, such as Hard Rock or Punk Rock are connected, check out MapOfMetal. The site provides an interactive tour through the sub-genres and their history, also exploring the musical characteristics of the genres. While you’re reading the little summaries, you can listen to sample tunes for each genre.
Also check out the MapOfMetal profile on the MakeUseOf Directory.
Do you have a good ear for music and/or would you like to improve it? When you go through the ‘training’ provided at the Theta Music Trainer, you will gain a better understanding of the music you hear every day. Through games you can sharpen your sense of pitch and tone, unlock hidden patterns in music, and strengthen your music theory skills.
Theta Music Trainer was profiled on the MakeUseOf Directory. The site was also mentioned in Saikat’s article 10 Interactive Learning Websites For Some Fun & Games With Music.
If you liked this article, you should also look into the following:
- MakeUseOf’s Sound Sunday: 10 Free MP3 Albums
- Top 10 Free Ways To Discover New Music Online
- 3 Web Apps For Staying On Top Of The Music Scene
- 4 Easy Ways Fix Music Tags & Organize Music Library
- The Top 5 Free Tools To Split Or Merge Music Files
- Top 5 Free Linux Music Creation Tools For The Artist On A Budget
- 3 Tools To Write Your Own Sheet Music Online
Where do you get your music kick online?
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