Few things signal the December holiday like a killer playlist does. If you don’t have one blasting on your way to the coast, or wherever you’re planning to head for a well-deserved break, you are missing out on one of the best parts of a road trip.

We’ve put together a list of the best music apps to make the selection bigger and so much easier (and groovier).

1. Google Play Music

Subscribing to Google Play Music gives you access to 30 million songs from a variety of artists and genres. If you’re stuck for choice, pre-made playlists are available, but you can also create your own radio stations with your favourite artists and albums. Music recommendations are made according to what you listen to, as Google Play Music gets used to your listening habits. Download it for iOS or Android.

2. Apple Music

This streaming service’s “For You” category recommends music, based on your listening habits, but curated playlists and featured content are also at your fingertips with Apple Music. You also have access to a library of more than 30 million tunes. It is available for Android and built into iTunes on your Apple device.

3. YouTube Music

Did you know that the internet’s biggest video service also offers a streaming music service? This app gives you access to more than 30 million music videos, including remixes, full albums, covers and classic recordings. Searching for artists or albums automatically generates a non-stop station, which it also personalises according to your preferences. Get it on iOS and Android.

4. Deezer

One of the author’s favourites, Deezer is a great way to discover artists you wish you’d heard of much sooner. Deezer’s “Flow” is a personalised stream of music that evolves according to what you listen to and suggests similar artists and albums. Various user-created and curated playlists are also available, in addition to the latest releases from both local and international artists. Download it on iOS or Android.

5. Jango Radio

Jango offers ad-free listening to a selection of curated genre stations. If you prefer, you can also create a custom station based on your favourite artists, which you can continuously edit as you go along and also share with others, should you feel the need to put your heart out in the world. Get it for iOS or Android.

6. 8tracks

If you prefer that your playlist is curated by a living, breathing person and not an algorithm, 8tracks is the one. The playlists on 8tracks are created around themes, emotions and even activities. Save your favourites and search for similar playlists made by people just like you. It can be downloaded for iOS or Android.

7. Soundhound

Don’t you just hate it when you’re listening to a song on the FM, and you never manage to hear the name of it for future listening? Soundhound makes sure that never happens again. The app uses your phones’ microphone to identify songs, stream them and even give you the live lyrics as it plays, as well as showing you where you can buy it. Soundhound is available for iOS and Android.

8. TuneIn Radio

Speaking of the wireless: if you prefer listening to the radio, this app gives you access to more than 100 000 radio stations from all across the globe. Whether you like talk radio, sports, news radio, podcast or music, you can listen to them all. Download it on your iOS or Android device.

9. Genius

Available for iOS and Android, this app is for those of us who like to listen to more than just the tune. Genius shows you user-submitted explanations for the last nine songs you played by synchronising with your preferred streaming service. You can also edit and add to the explanations, if you want to add your ten cents to the mix.

10. MusixMatch

Misheard lyrics are a thing of the past with this app. Link your preferred streaming app to MusixMatch, and you’ll get the lyrics to the song you are listening to displayed on the screen. Download it for Android or iOS and
make your road trip a karaoke affair.

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