(BPT) - There’s something about songs and stories that have the power to stick with us through the years. There are certain tracks that make us feel good no matter how many times we listen, and certain conversations that we can’t seem to get out of our heads.
Lady Gaga might remind you of that summer getaway to the beach, The Beatles might transport you to your mom’s station wagon on the way to school, or The Black Eyed Peas might bring you back to the dance floor on your wedding day.
When it comes to podcasts, there may be certain episodes that have shifted your perspective, piqued your curiosity or brought you back in time. The Michelle Obama Podcast might’ve changed the way you think about community, Crime Countdown might reignite your obsession with the creepiest cult of all time, or that one episode of An Oral History of The Office might bring you back to watching “The Office” in your college dorm.
Whether it’s the everyday moments or the special memories that make up our lives, listening has the ability to transport us, uplift us and connect us to one another — no matter where we are in time or space.
To keep the old times rolling, here are a few tricks to ramp up the nostalgia on your Spotify app.
All-time classics: My Forever Favorites
Part of Spotify’s new global “Music, Meet Podcasts” campaign, the streaming service is introducing the “My Forever Favorites” playlist as a way to inspire and connect listeners through the power of music and podcasts. The feature lets you create and share a playlist with your top song and podcast picks of all time. To make yours, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have an account set up. If you don’t already have one, you can head to spotify.com/signup to create one for free.
Then, open up the app and search “spotify:forever-favorites.” From there, start searching and adding your favorite tracks and podcasts — whether it’s the song that played during your first kiss or the podcast episode that really spoke to your soul. You only get five picks for each, so choose wisely.
When you’re done, click the “share” button to post on social media and share your selections with friends. Later, when you’re looking to listen to your all-time faves, you can find your new playlist saved under “My Library.”
Still haven’t found your top five favorites? There’s plenty to choose from. Check out some popular throwback playlists like “All Out 70’s,” “Oldies But Goodies,” “90’s Rock Anthems,” “Unwind 00’s” and “#ThrowbackThursday” for a little inspiration. When it comes to podcasts, take a listen to podcast playlists like “Crime Scene,” “Podcast Essentials,” “Mind Massage,” “Dimelo: Podcasts in Spanish” and “Laugh Out Loud” to consider your options.
You can play that again: On Repeat, Repeat Rewind and Your Summer Rewind
When you’re in the mood to listen to the songs you can’t get enough of, there are a few other features you can use to turn back the clock.
In the “Made For You” shelf in the mobile app, you’ll find a series of personalized playlists created just for you based on your unique listening preferences. The “On Repeat” playlist helps you keep track of what you’ve been playing most over the past 30 days. The playlist updates automatically each day, so everything there is the most up-to-date account of what you’ve been listening to nonstop. It’s a great combination of all the music you love, no matter what artist or genre. So each time you tap play, it will sound a little different.
Another throwback playlist is “Repeat Rewind,” which shows the tracks you’ve listened to more than a month ago. It’s a great way to rediscover and reminisce with the songs you fell in love with in the not-so-far-off past. Whether you’re constantly discovering something new or a purveyor of the classics, sometimes it feels good to just sit back with the familiar. Similar to “On Repeat,” your songs can span across artists, moods and genres, and update every five days. But don’t worry, the tracks will never appear on both playlists at the same time.
If you’re looking to take a trip a bit further down memory lane, you can check out “Your Summer Rewind,” which pulls together a personalized mix of all of your favorite songs of summers past. It’s bound to put you in a summer state of mind no matter the weather — umbrella drink not included.
To find any of these nostalgic playlists easily, just search the name of the playlist in the search bar and you’ll be streaming in no time.