I have plenty of playlists on my iPod, and I use them well. One reason to have playlists is so that your music is organized a little differently. You can pick a playlist, a genre, an album, an artist, and so on. However, when I pick one of my playlists, it's because I don't want to get stuck in a music rut.
The other day I was listening to my big, random-music-inducing playlist that has 2,664 songs. The playlist is made up of a mixture (again, very random!) of rock, classical, Celtic, and soundtrack music. Out of the first 21 songs, only 3 were rock/pop songs. I've looked up how many of each kind of music I have on that playlist. Here's the breakdown:
Classical music: 298 - 11%
Celtic: 172 - 6%
Soundtracks: 368 - 14%
Everything else: 1826 - 69%
How did I only get 3 "everything else" songs? Seriously, 18 of the 21 songs were classical or Celtic, not even soundtracks.
Is it really not random, or is my brain just trying to find a pattern, any pattern?
And it's not just me. Chris was listening to his big monster playlist (2007 songs), and out of 14 songs, 4 were from Rocky Horror Picture Show. How the heck does that happen?