It’s not a party without music. Whether you’re hosting a kegger, an upscale cocktail affair, or a chill holiday party, you’re going to need some tunes. These playlist building tips will make sure your shindig is a fun, memorable event.

Don’t Plan On Using Shuffle and Make Sure Your Playlist Will Last

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Before you just start tossing your favorite songs in a Spotify playlist, there are a few things you should consider. Jessica Suarez, playlist editor at Google Play, suggests you build your playlist from the ground up with songs you think will play well one after the other. That means skipping the shuffle feature and planning the entire flow of your playlist, mixtape style.

Suarez also recommends you aim to have at least three hours of music. Aiming for that sweet spot makes your playlist long enough that it won’t end too soon, but also keeps it short enough that you’ll likely hear most of the songs on it. You don’t want to have to repeat the playlist, or have your guests miss out on some great tracks that got lost in hour five or six.