Explicit content


Explicit content

Community Manager
Community Manager
It's great to hear music as the artist intended it to be heard, this means Spotify can sometimes include explicit content.
We recommend looking out for the EXPLICIT tag on any releases (E on the web player).
Note: Our explicit content tags are applied based on information we receive from rights-holders. This means we can’t guarantee all explicit content is marked as such. 

Explicit content filter 

For: Mobile and tablet (more devices coming soon!)

Filter out content labelled as explicit with these steps:

  1. Tap Home .
    Got Premium? Tap Your Library .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Explicit Content.
  4. Switch Allow Explicit Content off (gray).
  5. Tracks marked as explicit now appear grayed out. It’s not possible to play them and they are skipped over by the player.

Things to note about this setting:

  • It applies only for the individual account and device. For example, if you apply the setting on your phone, it doesn't filter explicit content for the same account on the desktop app.
  • It doesn’t apply if you use Spotify Connect to play to another device.

 Content we identify as explicit is based on information we receive from rights-holders, so we can’t guarantee that no explicit content will play with this setting. If you spot a song that needs an explicit tag, let us know by tapping  next to the song and select Report Explicit Content

For full information on this, and for more on finding clean versions we'd recommend check this Support article.

53 Replies

Casual Listener

Absolutely NOT right. I have allowed the explicit content and yet I get censored songs like a 10-year-old...

Casual Listener

There are 3 tracks on the album "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Voices of Lee that are incorrectly marked as explicit. This is a Christian music album and none of the tracks are explicit. I have my settings set to make explicit tracks unplayable, so that makes these tracks unplayable to me unless I change the settings. 

I agree we have to clean our playlist to not just put random songs and random followers. Put the songs which are related to the name on the title...


Some of this podcast content is getting pretty graphic. I don't think many extremists would self-identify as such so maybe there should be a 3rd party to review if content is suitable for all audiences.

Even a LOT of Music gets away with being explicit, without the ‘Explicit’ label. There used to be a ‘Report Explicit Content’ option. If they can’t bring that back, maybe they could at least let us mark content as Explicit for our own account(s)? To clarify, there is some explicit content I like in some contexts (H.a.m. by PrototypeRaptor during exercise for example), and I’m nearly never if ever going to Hide Explicit Content via Settings—but I’d still like to know which songs I enjoy contain explicit content (the Live version of Invisible Touch by Genesis from The Way We Walk Vol. 1 comes to mind) in advance more reliably. I also want to voluntarily help people avoid accidentally hearing tracks like these since they’re not labeled as Explicit already. Maybe crowdsource the reporting of Explicit content somehow. I’d post this in an Ideas forum post but I’m sure it’s been complained about enough before.


Hey folks, 


Thanks for sharing your feedback on the Community.


We can recommend having a look at this Community Idea suggesting the implementation of an option allowing users to report explicit content on desktop as well. 


You can support the idea by adding your +VOTE and clicking on Subscribe in the three-dots menu at the top right corner next to the title. That'll make sure you stay up-to-date with any relevant updates about the idea. It’s also worth knowing that the higher the number of votes an idea gets, the more likely it is for the idea to be implemented.


We always take new ideas and feedback into consideration to improve the app. Here you can read more on how ideas work.


Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any questions. 

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This is a terrible method for solving your company's ethical gaffes. How do you expect to count the votes of your customers who leave and never look back? Is it not enough to register a complaint (without becoming and activist)? Do you think this process would provide any defensibility if Spotify was threatened with legal action?


I would love to hear a response to this issue from a senior leader at Spotify. We shouldn't have to solve issues like this in the community forums. 

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**bleep** yeah!
I'm sorry. I'm trying not to **bleep**ing swear so much.**bleep**.

Gig Goer

I definitely agree with you💯

  1. Please extend the "Report Explicit Content" function to the desktop and web player apps. As far as I can tell, it's only available to me on my mobile app (iOS). 
  2. Actually follow-through to review the song whenever users flag a song as explicit.
  3. Add functionality to mark album cover/artwork as explicit as well.

Thank you.

Just dont listen to songs with swearing in them.

Casual Listener
Hello and thank you for responding, but I'm not quite sure we are on the
same page. I want songs with swearing in them. Idk what I asked, but I know
I would never want to censor { or is it censure?] a song. I was very bent
out of shape about my playlists being censored starting January 2017, and I
sent off some heated emails to Spotify and YouTube back in 2017. Well you
know what, the music has come back uncensored [well, just a little bit} but
I'm happy about it, very happy. I won't get into how and why it came back,
[it's pretty obvious what the return of uncensored music aligns with
politically, enough said}. I see Spotify and YouTube were most likely "held
hostage" so to speak. I don't fault either anymore. I think there is a
scary trend toward people being dismissive of artists intentions. They
don't want to hear explicit music [ and by that, I mean" Welcome to the
Ghetto". I don't do swearing for swearings sake. Emphasis is key], they
want to be lulled into a state of imaginary grace.

Gig Goer
you have to first get spotify premium to get access to these settings, for nw i would try to just listen to music without cursing in them have a good day!


Hi Spotify team, not sure if this is the best way to send in a request for a potential feature, so please let me know if there is a different way. I am a mom of two younger kids and would love to have a way to skip Explicit content/or temporarily disable it in a playlist. I would think this would also be handy to other users, whose have playlists with mixed Explicit and none Explicit songs and are playing them at a gathering. Thank you for your consideration. 


What I'd like is a toggle button on the app to be able to switch it quickly between censored and uncensored, so that when my kids are around I can just flip the switch and not worry (much) about the music I'm playing


We all need an option to only play a clean or radio version of a song.  There are plenty of reasons for this that don't include artist censorship.  If they provide the songs for the radio, it should be provided on Spotify too.  Why am I paying $10.**bleep** a month for a premium version of the service to not be able to find a clean version to play?

Music Fan

I notice that all the explicit songs are greyed out and I have no way to get rid of this filter. I tried everything. Can someone help?


this sounds really dumb but you can also turn down the song if you know there’s a bad word