About Playlist Research

I created Playlist Research in 2007 when I returned to Sacramento from working at radio stations in San Francisco and Palm Springs. The radio/music industry's top news source, All Access, reported the launch of Playlist Research on June 20, 2007. I have been a web developer and content writer for several websites since leaving radio. Working in radio for many years and writing for a music industry publication gave me access to plenty of knowledge on how songs become hits. So I created this resource of music and media research for you. It's designed to be a helpful guide in case you want to be your own DJ.

While the 20th Century music was about albums and singles, the 21st Century has redefined music as an era of digital playlists and downloads. Both the music and radio industries have lagged financially this century, as tech companies entering music sales like Apple and Google have grown. Apple in particular introduced the new business model for selling music in with the iTunes Music Store, which became the top music retail outlet in America in 2007, four years after its launch.

Digital music players like iTunes taught all generations a new way to organize and play music. The digital platforms and tools that have sprung up in the new millennium for music and video pretty much give you powers once held only by professional media and production studios.

This site presents many song lists, which are not scientific surveys, but represent general lists of commonly known songs for a particular theme, era or genre. The main purpose of this site is to direct you, the music researcher/fan, to useful and powerful lists of songs that will help you craft your own custom playlists for personal use. If you want to podcast your playlists online, you will need to learn about music licensing. I also like to report on indie music from various regional scenes. Send me an email if you have comments or want to know how to get your music videos published on this site.

Alex Cosper
Playlist Research

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