“There’s nothing like the smell of a playlist in the morning”.
I can’t remember the last time I played an album from start to finish (actually it was probably ‘Abbey Road’ several months ago). My go-to approach for listening to music is almost always a playlist. This is probably anathema to a number of contributors here but I find that a well-constructed playlist maintains my interest a lot better than an album by a single artist. I accept that this might say something about my low attention span but there we are. Of course, the availability of streaming services has revolutionised music listening. I’m lucky enough to have a Sonos system so I can build playlists from several sources, including my own music library, to create Sonos playlists. I used to invest in Hi Fi equipment but now accessibility and ease of use is much more important to me.
There’s quite a lot of imagination, even skill, in making a good quality playlist in my opinion, taking account of mood, flow etc. I can’t recall who on here contributed the ‘Beauty’ playlist from a year or two back but that is a prime example. It’s a real favourite of mine. Here’s one or two of my current favourites. The first (‘Mellow 1”) is a dinner/party list, designed to be played in sequence rather than shuffled.