I’m really cheap when it comes to listening to music. Basically, if it’s not on YouTube, a CD I own, or the radio, I don’t bother. I’ve never bought an iTunes Gift Card and I never workout with earbuds. Yeah, maybe I’m boring and cheap. Not gonna lie.
Recently I discovered Spotify - it’s a free service that lets you listen to your favorite music – and it’s completely awesome. Now, I get that I am likely not early to the Spotify game, but I’ve got to believe that there are others out there that haven’t discovered it yet. If you’re one of them, this post is for you.
First, you’ll need to set up a FREE Spotify account. It’s really easy and just takes a few minutes to do. From there, you can begin creating playlists and you can search for music you’d like to add. I was stunned by how much they have available – it’s really mind boggling! One important thing to note: unless you tell Spotify otherwise, your activity will be posted to your Facebook account. So unless you want to announce to the world you are secretly a Belieber, you might want to make sure to tell it to NOT post. Like so:
Now, as you might expect, the trade off for the free version of the service is you have to endure the occasional ad. However, these are less obtrusive than the ones you’d hear on the radio and I am willing to tolerate them to get my music for free. You can upgrade to paid accounts that are ad-free and accessible to your phone. Since I’m just using the music on my laptop, these aren’t considerations for me. But it still may be less to pay $9.99 for the mobile version with access to all the music you want versus, say, iTunes. (Disclaimer: I haven’t looked into it that closely, so please do your own homework if you are thinking of paying for the service!)
After farting around for awhile making playlists mainly for my kids, it occurred to me exactly what kind of playlist I’ve been wanting to build for some time.
A CLASSIC DISNEY PLAYLIST.
You know – those old Disney songs that make you wish you were walking down Main Street, waiting in line to go on the Jungle Cruise or watching the fireworks display at the end of a fun-filled day at the Happiest Place on Earth? (And by old, I do mean OLD – no Mandy Moore or Celine Dion – none of that.) Granted…I’ve got the bug to go to Disney BAD right now. Let’s just say, I’ve been listening to my new playlist all morning and if I close my eyes…it’s like I’m there, and I can almost smell that unmistakably cool, mustiness inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Almost.
Here’s my list, in case you care to replicate:
- A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Disney’s Greatest Volume 2
- A Spoonful of Sugar, Disney’s Greatest Volume 3
- Bella Notte, Lady and the Tramp
- Give a Little Whistle, Disney’s Greatest Volume 3
- I Wa’ana Be Like You, Disney’s Greatest Volume 1
- I Wonder (from “Sleeping Beauty”), Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs
- I’m Wishing/One Song (from “Snow White”), Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs
- I’ve Got No Strings, Disney’s Greatest Volume 2
- It’s a Small World, Disney’s Greatest Volume 2
- Main Title (Alice in Wonderland), Alice in Wonderland
- Mickey Mouse Club, Alma Mater, Disney’s Greatest Volume 3
- Pink Elephants on Parade, Disney’s Greatest Volume 3
- Some Day my Prince Will Come, Disney’s Greatest Volume 2
- The Bare Necessities, Disney’s Greatest Volume 2
- The Garden/All in a Golden Afternoon, Alice in Wonderland
- The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room, Disney’s Greatest Volume 2
- When you Wish Upon a Star, Pinnochio
- Whistle While you Work, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, Disney’s Greatest Volume 3
- Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me), Pirates of the Caribbean
- Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah, Disney’s Greatest Volume 1
EDITED TO ADD: Baroque Hoedown, Perrey & Kingsley (this is the theme song used in the Electric Light Parade & I’m so excited I tracked it down!)
I know that I’m missing some songs! What else should be on my playlist? Have you used Spotify – and if so, can you share any tips or suggestions for making the most of it?
Disclaimer: none of the above are referral/affiliate links. I’m just sharing this service because I think it’s totally radical and thought someone out there might appreciate knowing about it.