How to get playlist followers on Spotify

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How to get playlist followers on Spotify

meahtenoha
Spotify
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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

mp3artists
Music Fan

yep I follow.... but ho do you code  the pay button or link to it ?

 

thanks

chris

DonSolare
Roadie

pay or play?

if play, try this

 

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Newcomers-and-Contribution/How-To-Embed-a-Spotify-Play-Button-on-yo...

 

or search "embed play button" in the help area

In a nutshell: 

- get the URI of the song you want

- here in the community click on the icon "insert/edit link" (mouse over for seeing txt)

 

- THERE insert the URL in this form

spotify:track:319VQ7hnNpdD0MRsvQSkee

- if you want it smaller, try 

spotify:track:319VQ7hnNpdD0MRsvQSkee:small

 

 

If it doesn't work, let me know

avenger
Newbie

Yeah these are the tips I was after!

 

cheers

 

avenger

Electrovitus

kenziecreative
Casual Listener

Nice list. How often do you update it?

Close2Tarmac
Casual Listener

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

 

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

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

 

 

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Amlaith
Gig Goer

Thank you, I will give this a try.

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

sportykid31
Newbie

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

gareth8
Roadie

A good tip to get playlist followers is to post them on reddit's Spotify page. I've got most of mine by posting them on there.

 

By contrast, I never get any posting them on Playlist Exchange.


Follow me

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evilfriends2442
Music Fan
Hey guys, got some cool unique playlist on my account...follow me and check out my profile and my different playlists you might find some stuff you might like.
evilfriends2442

user-removed
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spotify:user:11102099392:playlist:5tF83su6Ijp5dh4Clw60Jh

 

All kinds of song, rap, dubstep, experimental. Enjoy!

pablo_hdzr
Casual Listener

To everyone for have some fun this night, there are a pair of songs made for you.

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/pablo_hdzr/playlist/0vsP3CWPaROTinj8OPh30S

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cshasturk
Newbie

https://open.spotify.com/user/cshasturk/playlist/0ZI7tL1X6NiqVX75MTgeHZ

 

Here a list for you people, please give it a try

LegPuppy
Roadie

here's a very nice chilled out atmpsheric playlist

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/bongoboots/playlist/0lKEjBr07D7uxN36hG6mG3

 

follow for a follow

Follow for a follow

bellaallmey
Music Fan

check out some of my playlists i have created many original playlist for all different moods! follow mine and ill check out some of yours!

this is my newest and my personal favorite playist check it out!

https://open.spotify.com/user/bella.allmey/playlist/6gmvkE6jijjQfJ3GvEH6Kx

LegPuppy
Roadie

@bellaallmey just followed. ill check it out. Please return the fav

 

thanks and enjoy

Follow for a follow
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