How to get playlist followers on Spotify

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How to get playlist followers on Spotify

meahtenoha
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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

tmbrhncrs
Roadie

also had good experience on reddit. But it feels like it's been slowing down lately doesn't it?



Check out (and follow) our curated playlists here

––Tambourhinoceros, a Copenhagen-based indie label

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Shreybabes
Roadie

check out my playlists:

blah blah blah - this is my playlist for anytime - work, play, travel, and even study sometimes. It's a mix of modern pop and indie hits and some solid other songs. Featuring artists such as: The 1975, Banks, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, Flume, Halsey and many more...

 

f**king tunes - Some of my favorite hip hop songs with really good beats. Songs you can dance to, you sing (or rap) along to, or just simply listen 🙂 Featuring artists such as: A$AP Rocky, Bryson Tiller, Chris Brown, Drake and lots more....

 

Hope you enjoy - please comment what you think and if you want me to add any songs
I update the playlist regularly so please follow it ;)❤
Spotify - shreybabes
Twitter - shreya_kochhar

jellkaya
Newbie

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sportykid31
Newbie

Phoenix696
Casual Listener
Follow classic songs by erbouch, has over a thousand hits.

Amlaith
Gig Goer

Thank you, I will give this a try.

Soundofus
Rock Star 20
Rock Star 20

@ Everyone

 

Originally, this thread was to give advices to get playlists followers and not to post playlists.

 

Thanks in advance to all users of the community  for using the dedicated board "Playlists Exchange" to post their playlists. Click here

 

 

SoundofusRock Star 20
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Close2Tarmac
Casual Listener

Soulful playlist that sits a little darker. Check it out.

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/close2tarmac/playlist/5qhZwByv2r46rqUhd9iKOh

avenger
Newbie

Yeah these are the tips I was after!

 

cheers

 

avenger

Electrovitus

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

alizzeno
Newbie

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

mp3artists
Music Fan

that's 2 more tha me man !

 

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

 

peace

chris

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

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

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. 

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.

DannySmith-9605
Regular
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