How to get playlist followers on Spotify

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How to get playlist followers on Spotify

meahtenoha
Spotify
Spotify

Many Spotify users have come to the Community asking how to get more Spotify followers--both on your profile and your playlists. 

 

We've gone to some of our top users in the Community and asked them how they became successful curators. Below is a summary of their top tips. 

 

1. Be Original

 

When you have a new idea for a playlist, have a quick search on Spotify to see if it has already been covered. A great way to find good topics is to be reactive--everything in the news can be an inspiration for a playlist. 

 

"Target a 'niche' rather than 'mainstrea'" topic," said Gerard (aka @Soundofus). "It will make you different from the masses."

 

Once you've found a unique theme, collect a list of around 100 to 200 songs with a max of two songs by the same artist. Keep in mind it takes some time to craft a strong playlist around a good theme. Carlos (aka @Sanik007) said his mood playlists tend to gain the most followers.

 

"[Mood playlists] are an incredible chance to do something different than the others, so another chance to be original. In my case, I have a lot of mood playlists. One of the reasons why they have a great number of followers is the fact that I mix genres, styles, music decades. I completely agree with curating short playlists with no more than one song by an artist. Great curators always meet this standard."

 

 

2. Have A Strong Title

 

The playlist title has to match the theme or mood of your playlist. Titles to avoid are generic ones such as "The Best Playlist ever...", "The Greatest X", "The Best Party..."

 

These titles say nothing about the music the listener will find when they hit play. It's better to be more specific such as "Indie Folk Sunday Morning", "Rock Inspired By Metallica", "Throwback 90s Party".

 

"I love titles" Spotify playlist curator Sophia told the team "A great title will can bring people to your playlist. And if the music is good they'll stay!"

 

 

3. Update Your Playlists. 

 

Update your playlists frequently to keep the music fresh. It's a good idea to include your new additions at the top of the playlist as well. Most curators we spoke to agreed that songs should be added a few at a time--not renewing all songs at once. Of course this depends on the theme. If it's the 'Best Indie tracks of the last 30 days" then renewing them all once a month makes perfect sense.

  

 

4. Promote Your Playlists

 

A great place to promote your curated playlist is the Spotify Community Playlist Exchange. It's best if you include a description for your playlists so users know what theme/ mood inspired you. 

 

You can also create your own website or blog dedicated to promoting your playlists. Of course you can also promote it across social media channels such as Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook. And remember, it takes work and time to create a fan base. Don't be discouraged if it's a slow start. 

 

"Twitter is another good option to promote your playlist," said Carlos. If you include undiscovered bands/artists in your playlists, Twitter could be a great platform to connect with them. They usually appreciate your consideration and maybe they will RT you, so your playlist will arrive also to their followers."

 

Jonathan (aka @Gidyin) also encourages promoting unknown artists. "I have devised promoting artists with monthly listeners in the region of 0-2000. I have always been a bit of a music hunter and love finding an artist on here that is not very well known. If I find an artist in this bracket I now add them to one of my more popular playlists and move the track near the start. This has two benefits, it raises the awareness of the emerging artist which they love and gives you an opportunity to feature on their discovered on page. Extra exposure is always good.

 

5. Follow Other Great Playlists

To gain followers you should also be a follower yourself. Seek out new bands, get to know playlists that have lots of followers, and study what it takes to be a curator.

 

"Constantly follow playlists like yours," said Spotify playlist curator Sean. "Find what's trending."

 

Have fun. Enjoy the music. Be original. 

181 Replies

llfeguard
Gig Goer

I think generic titles like "Best Hip-Hop Ever" are the best ones. Those are the exactly the things people search for in the search bar when they want a quick playlist to listen to at a party or just exploring. That's just my opinion, but then again my title for my rap playlist is Swimming Pools. Check it out if you enjoy hip-hop/rap !

Rukoon
Music Fan

I would be thankful if you followed my Megadeth playlist. Hope you like it and suggest your music.

https://open.spotify.com/user/rukoon/playlist/3Ji7t8A7d5QACpNyIDDwml

StevensPlaylist
Roadie
Follow my Rap playlist as well if you get the chance! Thanks, I follow everyone back!! https://open.spotify.com/user/stevenissoawesome/playlist/6gPb91lJ6yNOiS9vegz5Ny

RobertovNL
Roadie

OldVultures
Casual Listener
Spotify artist page old vultures temple

Hey, we have our demo on spotify, and we would like to get an artist page, but spotify makes us get 250 subscribers. Would you please help us get that number?

This is the link ;

https://open.spotify.com/artist/2x9WZ1V34aXiUZWscP182F#

RedLynx45
Regular

DonSolare
Roadie

how I delete my old answer? (this one).

 

Funny, is easy to edit, to change things, but I don't find the delete button where it would be supossed to be.

DonSolare
Roadie

@RobertovNL wrote:

https://open.spotify.com/user/robertov-nl/playlist/3up9pQt0qZa6jPk23RadhL

Emotional piano. 22 hours.


A carefully curated playlist that deserves more attention.

kornetersteege
Music Fan

Hi,

 

Here's a little country playlist from me and my band Rivers. It's a list of songs that inspire us when writing songs. Check it out and follow it!

 

Thanks!

Korné

https://open.spotify.com/user/annikaijdo/playlist/50rcPBYrFZCvpt9dGVt13J

jerklyn
Casual Listener

online they have a redeem playlists section

 

DannySmith-9605
Regular

michaelnhat
Regular

I just want to say being on a Spotify playlist works. I didn't pursure anyone to be on any. I just posted the music on Spotify and I actually just kind of forgot about it for almost a year and one day I decided to check myself out and I was really surprised. I had like 14 people listening to me when I first posted, and now I'm in the thousands. Later I realized after looking around on Spotify, that one of my songs were on someone's playlist. If you like Radiohead check it out here.

writergalangie
Casual Listener
I love Spotify and connecting with others who may or may not have the same taste in music but sometimes having Down Syndrome makes it harder to make and find real friends and get noticed by your friends I try to be as authentic and real as I can even in the music that I listen to I hope that doesn't make me seem shallow wanting to have more than 2 Spotify followers

DonSolare
Roadie

@writergalangie if you want / need TRUE followers, don't worry if they are only a few - if they write you and share thngs with you. 

DonSolare
Roadie

@michaelnhat I completely agree. In that case, you had luck and somebody discovered your music and put it on a playlist with lots of (real) listeners.

If this subject interest you, expect a large article by Yours Truly coming soon in a blog. I will tell you the link when it is online.

J

alizzeno
Newbie

Audazity
Gig Goer

No it doesn't make you shallow, just means you want to share your music with more people. Try sharing on social sites like Facebook and Twitter if you have one as Spotify users are on those platforms as well. Also post the link to your page I'll follow then you'll have 3! 

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7j9kMyGmxN6SRDBfydek1t

Hey guys, trying to get control of my artist account. I need 250 followers can you guys follow my group Urban5 https://open.spotify.com/artist/7j9kMyGmxN6SRDBfydek1t

Aeox1997
Newbie

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/aeox97/playlist/6ujY9iFQjntMvmjVgV5Ztl  Follow me though 😄 alots of good songs heehe

 

Audazity
Gig Goer
Hey Aeox1997 I just followed you and your Playlist, I'm gonna give it a listen as well! Do you mind giving my group's artists account a follow and listen as well, thanks.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7j9kMyGmxN6SRDBfydek1t
Hey guys, trying to get control of my artist account. I need 250 followers can you guys follow my group Urban5 https://open.spotify.com/artist/7j9kMyGmxN6SRDBfydek1t

mp3artists
Music Fan

that's 2 more tha me man !

 

I'd be honor if you were my first bud...

 

peace

chris

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