Music (PMC)

Playlist Management and Curation

I started my music collection in the later months of 2013, but not formally until around February 2014. Most of the songs which I discovered in that time were actually songs from about a year in the past (February 2013) since I was feeling nostalgic towards that time period in my life. The “Car MP3” moniker refers to the MP3 format of music I used, placing songs on an SD card which I used in conjunction with a FM transmitter in my car. Clearly, as I was unsure about the longevity of this series of playlists, I did not bother to create a real, representative title until the eleventh generation – beyond the point which it became obvious that these playlists would never reach an “end”.

Playlist Management and Curation (PMC) refers to my development of these playlists during certain time periods in order to highlight the “zeitgeist” of that time and keep track of my interests and preferences within the music industry. This involves collecting artistic, aesthetic, or otherwise relevant music from various sources, including but not limited to:

  • Mainstream, syndicated FM radio
  • Billboard Hot 100 charts
  • Billboard Top EDM charts
  • Billboard Top Country charts
  • YouTube Related / Trending Videos
  • Pandora Streaming (currently using G9 artists as seed)
  • Spotify Streaming (“continuous play” or Discover Weekly)
  • iTunes Trending Songs
  • DirecTV Sonic Tap 816

Current Playlists

Car MP3 (Early 2014)

  1. The Black Eyed Peas – Meet Me Halfway
  2. Drake – Find Your Love
  3. [removed]
  4. Havana Brown – We Run The Night (feat. Pitbull)
  5. [removed]
  6. [removed]
  7. [removed]
  8. ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
  9. [removed]
  10. Cher Lloyd – Want U Back

Car MP3 2 (Early 2014)

Car MP3 3 (Mid 2014)

Car MP3 4 (Late 2014)

Car MP3 5 (Early 2015)

Car MP3 6 (Mid 2015)

Car MP3 7 (Late 2015)

Car MP3 8 (Early 2016)

Car MP3 9 (Mid 2016)

  1. Alan Walker – Faded
  2. Becky G – Lovin’ So Hard
  3. Beyonce – XO
  4. Billy Currington – It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To
  5. Brad Paisley – Without a Fight (feat. Demi Lovato)
  6. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
  7. The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya) [Illenium Remix]
  8. Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez)
  9. Fifth Harmony – All In My Head (Flex) [feat. Fetty Wap]
  10. Gwen Stefani – Used to Love You   (in an airport, of all places)
  11. Icona Pop – Just Another Night
  12. Little Mix – Black Magic
  13. Major Lazer – Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MO)
  14. Maren Morris – 80s Mercedes   (on a free trial of SiriusXM!)
  15. OneRepublic – Wherever I Go
  16. Pitbull – Messin’ Around (feat. Enrique Iglesias)

Car MP3 10 (Late 2016)

  1. Ariana Grande – Side To Side (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  2. The Chainsmokers – Closer (feat. Halsey) [T-Mass Remix]
  3. The Chainsmokers – Inside Out (feat. Charlee)
  4. Charli XCX – After the Afterparty (feat. Lil Yachty)   (on release date, 10/28/16)
  5. Chris Lane – Girl Problems
  6. Daya – Cool   (heard it premiere on Beats 1, 9/28/16)
  7. Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty (R!OT Remix)
  8. Fifth Harmony – That’s My Girl
  9. Frenship & Emily Warren – Capsize
  10. Hailee Steinfeld – Rock Bottom (feat. DNCE)
  11. Hailee Steinfeld – Starving (feat. Grey & Zedd)
  12. JoJo – Save My Soul
  13. JoJo – F**k Apologies. (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
  14. JoJo – Vibe.
  15. JoJo – Like This.
  16. Jon Bellion – All Time Low
  17. Kiiara – dopemang (feat. Ashley All Day)
  18. Little Big Town – Better Man
  19. Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello – Bad Things
  20. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love
  21. Meghan Trainor – Better (feat. Yo Gotti)
  22. Mike Perry – The Ocean (feat. Shy Martin)
  23. Niykee Heaton – Skin Tight
  24. Sabrina Carpenter – On Purpose
  25. The Weeknd – Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)

Car PMC G11 (Early 2017)

  1. Astrid S – Breathe
  2. Bebe Rexha – I Got You
  3. Bebe Rexha – No Broken Hearts (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  4. The Chainsmokers – All We Know (Paris Blohm & Nolan van Lith Remix)
  5. The Chainsmokers – Waterbed (feat. WATERBED)
  6. Clean Bandit – Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne Marie)
  7. Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind
  8. Hailee Steinfeld – You’re Such A
  9. Hailee Steinfeld – Hell Nos and Headphones
  10. Prince Fox – Fragile (feat. Hailee Steinfeld)
  11. Hailee Steinfeld – Most Girls   (on release day, 4/28/17)
  12. Halsey – New Americana
  13. Hey Violet – Guys My Age
  14. Julia Michaels – Issues
  15. Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm (feat. Skip Marley)   (oh the irony!)
  16. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me
  17. Little Mix – Touch
  18. Lodato & Joseph Duveen – Older
  19. Phoebe Ryan – Dark Side
  20. Rain Man – Bring Back the Summer (feat. Oly)
  21. Sabrina Carpenter – Thumbs
  22. Sabrina Carpenter – No Words
  23. Yellow Claw – Good Day (feat. DJ Snake & Elliphant)
  24. Zedd & Alessia Cara – Stay
  25. Zella Day – Compass (Louis The Child Remix)   (the Camry LED song!)

Frequently (?) Asked Questions

X song is basic bitchy or super-feminine, why do you, as a male, like it? – Probably not because of the lyrics but because of the musical arrangement, or just the singer themselves regardless of the topic they sing about. While lyrics are just as meaningful to myself as everyone else, as a person not currently within a romantic relationship it isn’t often that I can relate to them on that level.

Why is your library heavily weighted towards woman singers? – I primarily listen to and actively discover new songs within EDM and Pop genres, and it seems that these genres are heavily biased towards having female vocalists to begin with. Female vocalists also sing at a higher pitch (usually) which some believe is more aesthetic because it creates a greater contrast with the bass line and lower frequency instruments/synths. While I don’t include a lot of country music in these playlists, since I want to keep them somewhat cohesive under a specific, overarching “theme”, I do listen to country a lot and actually, I think that I prefer male vocalists in country music. This probably is because of the rugged, “cowboy-western” vibes that are often conveyed.

Why are some songs removed? – I might say that the songs fell so far out of favor with myself that I no longer even wanted to see their mere presence in my iTunes library – but that is only partially true. Certain songs that I added in the early 1st generation days were not contemporary; this is still evident by the remnant ZZ Top song in MP3 1. I have since removed those songs from my library because they didn’t really fit in with everything else, which is infinitely more modern.