Did you know that listening to your favorite songs stimulates your entire brain? Music is linked to memories, and that bit of nostalgia we all enjoy gives the mind a real workout! John Hopkins Medicine says, “If you want to firm up your body, head to the gym. If you want to exercise your brain, listen to music.”
Luckily, you don’t have to hunt for a record store to find all of the top hits of yesteryear. Here are a few websites and apps for accessing all of your favorites!
Are you a loyal fan—one who sticks with what you know and love, happily listening to your favorites on repeat? If so, Spotify is a great website and app for you. Known as the go-to for folks who want to create their own playlists, Spotify will let you listen to exactly what you’re looking for, whenever you want it. Not sure where to get started? The Decades section allows you to choose pre-made playlists that let you rewind to the ‘20s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.
Feeling adventurous? Pandora may be the perfect app for you if you enjoy exploring genres and new artists. Accessible on your tablet, phone, or computer, Pandora is ideal for those who want to find new favorites. Start a Frank Sinatra station and in addition to hits from Ol’ Blue Eyes, you’ll hear tunes from Dean Martin, Perry Como, The Rat Pack, and similar artists.
What sets iHeartRadio apart from the competition is its roster of live AM and FM radio streams from all around the globe. From talk radio and religious programming to new hits and classic oldies, there’s something for everyone. Another plus? iHeartRadio also allows users to switch to the playlists section to check out music from different genres or decades.
If your life had a soundtrack, what would people hear when they pressed play? With the help of these streaming services, you can set the tunes to fit the mood, whether you’re strolling around our courtyard, preparing for the day of outings, or winding down in the evening.