Let's say you'd like to curate a playlist of Bruce Springsteen's catalog from the years '83 to '85. Type artist:"Bruce Springsteen" year:"1983-1985" in the search bar and Spotify will spit out a list of all the music he released in that period. Similarly, if you want to generally revisit your heady high school days, type year:"1998-2002" and it'll round up a grab bag of popular tracks from that time period. You can also search for releases from within a single year by dropping the quotation marks.
Another cool way you can find music is to see who else is signed to your favorite bands' record labels. For example, if you want to know who else is on Wilco and Björk's, search label:"nonesuch" and Spotify pulls up those artists.
If you can't settle on something specific to listen to but are in the mood for a certain genre, search genre:"Christian metal" or genre:"spy music," or practically any other genre you can imagine -- there are literally thousands to choose from.
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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist and pretty sure there's a good reason nobody has listened to those 4 million songs.