Choose songs that meet a few basic criteria
There are several reasons a song is played while teams discuss their answers. First, it provides a level of ambient noise so teams don’t overhear each other. Second, it gives teams a rough idea of how much longer they have to turn in their answer. And third, it helps keep the game upbeat and entertaining.
With that being said, make sure that each song you pick accomplishes all of these things. Try to avoid songs that include drastic changes in volume, or that take a while to pick up, as this can cause teams to inadvertently overhear each other.
Also, it’s best to choose songs that are 3.5-4 minutes in length. If your song is too short, teams won’t have enough time to answer. But, if your song is too long, teams can lose track of time. Of course, you can offset this with 30-second warnings, and a last call for answers. However, teams tend to get wrapped up in the game, so it’s best to allow your Trivia playlist to help players keep their timing.
Lastly, since your song choice helps set the tone of the game, pick songs that are fun and upbeat. This will keep teams in good mood and give them something to jam to once they’ve turned in their answer!
Choose songs that tie-in to the question
Consider the preferences of the audience and venue
Keep things interesting
Your Trivia playlist is an awesome tool for taking your show to the next level. In addition to keeping the game fair and timely, the songs you pick also set the tone for the players. Follow the tips above, and you’ll have teams asking to share your Spotify playlist every week!