What is Pandora?
They say it best on their site:
At Pandora, we have a single mission: To play only music you’ll love.
To understand just how we do this, and why we think we do it really, really well, you need to know about the Music Genome Project®.
Since we started back in 2000, we have been hard at work on the Music Genome Project. It’s the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken.
Together our team of musician-analysts has been listening to music, one song at a time, studying and collecting literally hundreds of musical details on every track – melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics … and more! We continue this work every day to keep up with the incredible flow of great new music coming from studios, stadiums and garages around the country.
With Pandora you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart’s content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings – new and old, well known and completely obscure – to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.
You can create up to 100 unique “stations.” And you can even refine them. If it’s not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you.
The Music Genome Project was founded by musicians and music-lovers. We believe in the value of music and have a profound respect for those who create it. We like all kinds of music, from the most obtuse bebop, to the most tripped-out drum n bass, to the simplest catchy pop tune. Our mission is to help you connect with the music YOU love.
We hope you enjoy the experience!
Said simply… It’s INTERNET RADIO designed to bring you MUSIC YOU LIKE.
Here were some of my favorites this year:
1. Praise and Worship: Hillsong Young and Free
It’s no secret. I’m a huge Hillsong fan. They’ve been my favorite since Darlene was singing “Shout to the Lord” on every album. Recently they’ve released a new and fresh sound called “Hillsong Young and Free”. It’s great. This channel mixes in some of my other favorites like All Sons and Daughters and Jesus Culture.
2. Holiday: Rockin’ Holidays Radio
From December 1st till 25th it doesn’t change much from this station. This year has probably been the best because they have really mixed a lot of great Christmas genres into one place. They have everything from Bing Crosby to Chipmunks to Straight No Chaser. It’s great.
3. Nostalgia: John Williams
John Williams is responsible for some of the best movie scores of our generation. Some of the movies he’s collaborated with include Hook, Star Wars, War of the Worlds, Harry Potter, etc. Mix in some other great composers and you’ve got a great time. You’ll music from movies like Star Trek, Gladiator, Interstellar, Hunger Games and so many more. I love listening to this station and trying to guess what movie the piece comes from. It’s fun but really challenging sometimes.
4. Comedy: Tim Hawkins
The Bible says, “Laughter does good like a medicine.” (Prov. 17:22) I try to make sure I laugh every day… whether I need it or not. This station does it for me. Tim Hawkins is a situational comedian and he’s great at making you laugh at yourself and just not take life so seriously.
5. Random: Disney Radio (Game with Kids)
Music is one of my ‘great loves in life’. I’m trying to start my kids in that direction as early as possible. I play a game with them where we turn on this station and figure out if we like the song or not. Then we have to say why we did or didn’t. It extra fun they know the song from a movie. Before long Ensley is dancing and Ellie is describing what part of the movie it’s from. Always fun.
5. Guilty Pleasure: 90s Hits
I’m a product of the 90s so… there it is. I remember when my parents use to say that real music was back in the 70s. I said, “You’re just old and out of touch.” Now my kids probably will that about me soon. It’s hard to beat the songs from the 90s. Don’t get me wrong… music sounds much better now. It’s just that all those old songs have so many memories attached to them for me. GunsNRoses, REM, Smashing Pumpkins, TLC, BoysIIMen, Nirvana… that’s my jam. Gosh, I feel really old right now.
So these were mine. Did I miss a good one? What are yours?
Don’t forget to share your favorites with me in the comments below.