When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

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When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

hydnj
Roadie

Created this playlist almost a year ago:

https://open.spotify.com/user/hydnj/playlist/78tCRdiiH81yr7Tti2vMOj

 

Slowly it has gained around 300 followers. 

 

My question:

With about 9 hours of music I've started replacing old songs with new ones so that the playlist does not grow any larger. Do you get annoyed by playlists with say 100 hours or do you prefer that?

 

Curious what most listeners prefer. 

 

Thanks for any feedback you can give. 

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Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

chrispyan
Music Fan

i personally think a bigger playlist has its charm but to just load up an artists complete discography with the some less fitting to the genre or just the tracks that arent that good is a bit of a shame IMO,

 

so a playlist can be as big as you can make it, on the condition of all the songs being great for the playlist.

Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

rowswar
Roadie

Depends on the playlist and what you're doing.  I work to Spotify most days, so i can easily tire of switching 1hr playlists all day long and prefer larger ones when I just need to focus. That being said smaller ones are also nice for various moods or activities (most ppl don't need an 8hr long workout list ;p). 

Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

cosmicmoose
Gig Goer

In my opinion, once a playlist gets over 5 hours there's too much content to keep up with. The exception for this would be instrumentals or playlists meant for background noise in which case upwards of 10 hours would be fine.

Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

crematedman
Community Legend

@hydnj it depends on its purpose! for some specific themes as short as 50, for some broadly phrased ones I would think 500!

 

When mine reach 300 I seriously consider separating them into separate themes, to make it a more palatable listen. Over that is seriously daunting.

 

 

 

 

 

Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

zoero77
Roadie

A playlist can never be too long. As long as each song fits the purpose of the playlist then add as many as you want!

Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

dideke_prins
Gig Goer

It really depends on how wide your topic is! if you have a very wide topic it's alright to have a long playlist imo, but pls don't put 400 songs in one playlist, that would make it a bit chaos-ish I think... If you have that many songs you want to put in that particular playlist I would devide those songs into playlists which topics aren't that wide. 

Now I feel like I'm a bit chaos-ish, sorry! (I love your playlist btw!)

 

If you don't get me (which I completely understand), ask me! I'm happy to help.

 

Dideke

 

 

Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

stellzy
Casual Listener

Depends what the activity is really. I don't think I have never heard anyone say that a playlist is too long it just leaves room for skips and to discover more songs.

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1stSauce
Casual Listener

A playlist is too long when I find myself skipping songs, too short and I scramble for songs to fill the dead air. 20-30 tracks is satisfactory for me.

Re: When do you consider a playlist too short or too long? (#of songs)

user-removed
Not applicable

Everything depends on what kind of Playlist one is building. If you are building a playlist to get a friend interested in one or a couple of artists / bands, 50 songs in a playlist minimum is needed if the artist / band has an extensive catalog of content.

 

Playlists have replaced what was known back in the day as Mix Tapes. If your playlist is focused in this direction, one needs to take into account how much listening time users will have on average with work, school, sleep, personal recreation where music listening might be limited in some fashion. I would say no more than 2 hours worth of music, which most music listeners can get into even on repeat listens if your playlists are much more Mix Tape focused.

 

There are artist discography playlists now, as that is my personal favorite way of immersing myself into artists music that has three or more releases. Putting an artist on play that has many decades of content can be wonderful, as one can hear how artists can change musically over their careers in the industry. These types of playlists do not need to have limits, as Spotify users normally organize them either according to favorite releases or in chronological date of release to take in an artist's work.

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