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

Delexus
Newbie

https://open.spotify.com/user/1238342001/playlist/2v1tIbZwu4gKA6PCmj5j8z Heartbreaks a **bleep**. So here's a little something for everyone. From Pasty Cline, The White Strips, and of course what kind of breakup playlist would this be without Adele. So put on your sweatpants and grab that pint of ice cream because it's time to wallow in self-pity.

cataoxacelay
Casual Listener

spotify:user:cataoxacelay:playlist:5Z11fEC8IbAchkgnuPsFa6

 

jsand92dk
Regular
Account name: jsand92dk
Recommended playlist to check out first: CREME DE LA CREME
https://open.spotify.com/user/jsand92dk/playlist/1m2YqtDA47VsiJU4xGddoP
I'm especially fond of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Beatles and John Mayer.
Thanks in advance. Much appreciated!

-bemi
Gig Goer

here's a chill indie playlist for you all 🙂

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/.bemi/playlist/4YrAqbQLAMFeS2ZGggLEX1

sockoo
Gig Goer

https://open.spotify.com/user/bezai95/playlist/6D9pPbzJb6xtlA2IO17Arh

 

follow my playlist, i follow yours back 🙂

mateusclemente
Roadie

Follow my playlist with 00's songs that bring us that nostalgic feeling.

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/mateusclemente/playlist/7jiIith7j6nIGpaV1RJXeu

cornettebenoit
Newbie

Kidloom
Roadie

Any advice on this playlists we are curating?

https://open.spotify.com/user/kidloom/playlist/6vCfVy8Io5fObPnxuBmi94

Follow me

Kidloom is an App developer and music producer.

Susanabanana
Casual Listener
Follow my Spotify! @susanabanana1019
I will most definitely follow you guys back!

LegPuppy
Roadie

if you like chillout electronic check out opur latest album. Could do with a few new followers. We are working new material as we speak

 

spotify:album:4zuZFw4CXiiDCQC0hLZEoy

Follow for a follow

omarpena5
Casual Listener

EDM workout playlist from me, let me know what everyone thinks

 

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/omarpena5/playlist/0uMsU3MeBJWi7x17ODPdGx

 

esverin
Casual Listener
https://open.spotify.com/user/esverin/playlist/7gS6H9bdKQcbcbF0P17GEe


I was in need of a playlist to listen to when doing creative work that would be easy to distract me from. I then realised that more mellow music and some easier rap-beats did the trick!

This list has a huge mix of light electro, jazz, rapbeats and cool samples-

This is my playlist! 🙂
I call it the "Creative Task Solver"
The Confused viking

xyzyx
Regular

ChubbieGoldfish
Casual Listener

Thanks for the tips! If you like mellow hiphop! Give me a listen! 

https://open.spotify.com/user/1222064608/playlist/5ic0X6lAEf9FFp2s4PJNTk

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Susanabanana
Casual Listener
You guys should take a listen and follow! I'll definitely follow and listen to your awesome playlists. I love finding new music! https://open.spotify.com/user/susanabanana1019/playlist/5bcONkrGgKFcN6g3ipATUn

mmarcelandreas
Roadie

Have a look at my playlists and let me know what you think 😊

https://open.spotify.com/user/1121683095

Kidloom
Roadie

This is really helpfull!

Follow me

Kidloom is an App developer and music producer.

Jasminftw
Regular

Frostbane
Casual Listener

Hello everyone. Please check out my playlist. I keep it updated and add new songs. This playlist contains slow music to keep you relaxed and chill out.

https://open.spotify.com/user/11136744566/playlist/0KCgOXEGQhI8DhAbodtxUS

 

th3equalizer
Regular

Just wanted to share my chill playlist. Which I am really proud of btw... 🙂

Contains mostly house, edm, pop, dance, relax, indie etc...

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/elias_wallin/playlist/2yIJ9QuCvRtTopczIDYQ71

LegPuppy
Roadie

@th3equalizer following yr playlist. I loved Tennis Court the minute I forst heard it

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