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#ListenMore in 2016 Challenge: Are You Up For It?

Phewf! 2015 was a crazy year in music. Justin Bieber, Diplo and Skrillex made a hit. Ryan Adams covered Taylor Swift’s 1989 and it was awesome. Fetty Wap introduced trap queens to the mainstream, Silentó made us want to nae nae, and Adele reminded us all of our first heartbreak (and we cried more than a little bit about it).

And the momentum is only growing in 2016. With so much goodness happening in music, this January we’re inviting you to step up your listening game. Expand your sonic boundaries. It’s a new year, we’ve got new ways to listen and millions of songs — old and new — waiting for you at the touch of a screen.

Join us this month as we take on a new listening challenge every day for the month of January. As you play along, tweet us @sonos with your selection using #ListenMore and check back here for inspiration and to see what your fellow Sonos listeners are playing. We’ll curate the best of the best (guilty pleasures encouraged).

Make music your 2016 New Year’s resolution — we’ll keep you on task.

#ListenMore Challenge

Jan 1: Start the new year with an album or playlist on a music service you’ve never used before. Perhaps 2016 is your year to de-stress. Give CalmRadio a look. We’ve got services for days.

Jan 2: An album released in 1950. John Coltrane’s Blue Train and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (1957 and 1959, respectively) would be mighty good choices. Jazz not your thing? One word: Elvis.

Jan 3: An album in a foreign language.

Jan 4: An album released when you were in high school.

Jan 5: An album released in 1960. The options are limitless — Dylan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Stones … pick any of those out of a hat, and your day just greatly improved.

Jan 6: Your favorite pop album of all time.

Jan 7: An album with no lyrics. Might we suggest Aphex Twin’s Select Ambient Works V. 2?

Jan 8: An album released in 1970. How about slowing things down with some Cat Stevens or Simon and Garfunkel?

Jan 9: Your favorite album to use as your alarm. There are two types of people in this world: Those whose alarm music needs to be chill and quiet, and those who need blaringly loud music to rise and shine. For those in need of some soothing morning jams, what could be better than Morrissey’s crooning (“Last Night, Maudlin Street” perhaps?) to start the day? Or if you need to be audibly shaken out of bed, Public Enemy’s “Louder Than a Bomb” seems apropos. Just don’t forget to set it the night before.

Jan 10: Your favorite hip-hop album.

Jan 11: An album released in 1980.

Jan 12: Your favorite guilty pleasure song. “Call Me Maybe”? “Since U Been Gone”? Biebs? No shame here — wear it proud.

Jan 13: Your favorite love song. There’s no shortage of love songs out there. Perhaps start with Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get it On or Sexual Healing. Or hey — for you this may end up being something like Love Stinks by The J. Geils Band. That’s cool. Crank it.

Jan 14: An album released in 1990.

Jan 15: An album by an actor turned musician. This might be the toughest challenge of the month, and will earn you extra cred depending on your answer.

Jan 16: Your favorite album to listen to while cooking. Music and cooking is something we applaud. Do you let your recipe determine your soundtrack? Or do you have a go-to band/genre while cooking? How about a little “Chop Suey” by System of a Down?

Jan 17: An album released in 2000. 

Jan 18: Your favorite song to turn a party up. When you want to make things lively, sometimes all it takes is the right song at the right time. What’s your jam?

Jan 19: An album by a solo musician who used to be in a band or group. You could go tried and true with Beyonce, JT or Paul McCartney. But we dare you to aim for the deeper cuts, with something like David Lee Roth’s Crazy from the Heat, or, if you remember Tony! Toni! Tone! from the 90s, you’ll be happy to know that Rafael Saadiq went out on his own and made some sweet, sweet music.

Jan 20: An album released in 2010.

Jan 21: Your favorite songs or album to listen to when it’s snowing. Let’s do some snow wordplay. The Clash’s “White Riot,” Black Sabbath’s “Snowblind,” Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” … keep it going.

Jan 22: The first album you ever bought. … and what medium was it? Cassette? Vinyl? CD?
Jan 23: Your favorite album released in 2016, so far.

Jan 24: Your favorite album to listen to while dancing around the house. Have yourself a Tom Cruise in Risky Business moment — song choice and pants are your call.

Jan 25: Your favorite jazz album.

Jan 26: A song that your entire household can jam to.

Jan 27: An album that reminds you of someone. Hello — it’s Adele calling. She is declaring this category hers.

Jan 28: Your favorite movie soundtrack. Breakfast Club, Grease, Good Will Hunting, or anything produced by Hans Zimmer will do the trick.

Jan 29: An album you love from a genre of music you don’t like. Paging all indie rockers with a soft spot for One Direction.

Jan 30: A song inspired by your home (country, state, or town). Hopefully Sufjan Stevens has gotten to your state for this one, and all New Jersey residents are required by law to choose Bruce Springsteen.

Jan 31: An album by your favorite new artist. “New” can mean new to the scene, or even new to you.