You are not creating a mix of songs; you are making a calculated selection.
Plus calling it a mixtape adds a nostalgic sense of romanticism since nobody really uses tapes anymore. A mixtape is a very personal thing; so don't make one for a stranger.
For example, you are making a mixtape for a person you meet at the record store.
You add a number of grunge songs based on their unkempt appearance, but it turns out this person is a diehard R&B fan and finds your selection of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana loud and annoying.
So do yourself a favor and get to know the person .
If your music taste is "whatever is on the radio" then you probably should not be making a mixtape.
Seriously, nobody wants a mixtape full of top 40 hits. You want there to be fluidity and cohesion - not just a random collection of songs. John Cusack's character in High Fidelity said, "To me, making a tape is like writing a letter - there's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again." And this is very true. We have the luxury of dragging and reordering music in i Tunes, so try a few different combinations before you select the "Burn Disc" button. The first and last tracks are arguably the most important on your mixtape.
If you add Justin Bieber or The Black Eyed Peas to your mixtape you will impress nobody. Using a theme throughout will unify the entire mixtape and make it feel so much more special then a selection of singles. "A few of my favorite songs" is a theme that is basic, but will work. A mixtape could be comprised of songs that have the word "girl" in the title. Another option is the genre mixtape, where all tracks are similar genres. The first sets everything up, and either draws your listener into your meticulously crafted world, or slams the door in their face. You usually want to start with an upbeat number, something with a catchy and infectious melody.
The last track wraps up your whole selection of songs and leaves the listener with a final impression.
You want the mixtape to feel complete, finished and whole - not like you just ran out of space.
A mixtape is so much more than just a portable vessel for your favorite music. Now, creating the perfect mixtape is an endeavor that has plagued mankind for decades.
Done correctly, a mixtape will earn you legend status among friends and make and mend all relationships.
But a poorly executed mixtape is as offensive as a slap to the face.