on January 17, 2017

If you’re anything like us, stumbling upon an unfamiliar genre of music is like your birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, summer vacation, spring break, a snow day, and high school graduation all bundled into one moment of pure, childlike joy. At 8tracks, this type of discovery is something of a life quest carried out every single day.

And so, in the spirit of the New Year, we’d like to encourage you to broaden your horizons by venturing into unknown musical territory. Thanks to Glenn McDonald’s exhaustive research, there’s no genre too obscure to escape definition, and with over 2 million globe-spanning playlists on 8tracks, we can bring those sounds directly to your ears.

Try some moombahton. Maybe a bit of synthpop, cantopop, or even Persian pop for that matter. Heard of cumbia? Why not check out turbo folk while you’re at it? Familiar with the riot grrrl scene? No time like the present.

Whatever you choose, we invite you to explore something new and prepare yourself for a truly transformational experience.