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How To Get Your Music On More Spotify Playlists

Including a massive list of 53 Spotify playlists and curators, so submit to Spotify playlists right now!

Submit to Spotify playlists and become more successful
Last updated: 13 September 2018

Have you ever wondered why one artist has thousands of plays and you only get a dozen or so a month? When you want to be more successful on Spotify, getting your music featured on Spotify playlists is really important. But how do you find all those playlists? How do you contact playlist curators? How do you know which playlists end up adding you? These are all important questions that we’ll answer in this article. Including a massive list of 53 Spotify playlists and curators, so submit to Spotify playlists right now!

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Before you continue reading, why not follow our New Music Spotify playlist, press play and discover some awesome tunes? Also, follow our Spotify account to keep up to date with future playlists.

The basics

Get verified

If you haven’t already, join Spotify for Artists. You used to have 250 or more followers in order to get verified but Spotify has made it easier. When you’re verified, you are in control of your profile on Spotify and you’re able to add and update your image, feature tracks and playlists you’re into right now.

Set up profile

After you received the good news of being verified, add a profile image. Start networking and gain more followers. Why more followers? Because, for example, every Friday Spotify releases a new Release Radar with up to two hours of new releases from artists they follow and listen to. As more people start listening to your music, you’re also more likely to appear in Discover Weekly. When listeners like your music, they will add it to their personal favourites and saves and Spotify uses this information to learn more about listening habits and provide other listeners with music they think they will like.

Create playlists yourself

Now you’re verified and have set up the basics of your profile, it’s time to take it to the next level. Firstly, create a playlist containing all of your releases. For example BAND NAME // RELEASES // GENRE. Secondly, create a playlist with your biggest influences and tracks by emerging artists and include a track or two from yourself as well. Set this playlist as ‘Artist Pick’ via Spotify for Artists’ control panel. Promote this playlist on social media as well and tag the artists on it. Last but not least create a collaborative playlist to collaborate and team up with fans and other bands. Collaborative playlists are a great way of driving more traffic to your profile and tracks. Of course, use your network and social media accounts to promote your playlists. When people add tracks to your collaborative playlist(s), do actually listen to these tracks. If you like other people’s tracks, let them know!

How to find and approach Spotify Curators

Gather contacts

There are over 2 billion playlists on Spotify. With that, as we mentioned before, it’s important to get your music on as many of them as you can find. You might think that it’s imperative to get your latest release on big Spotify curated playlists. But there are so many more large playlists that are easier to contact. Besides big industry curated playlists by Topsify (Warner), Filt (Sony) and Digster (Warner), there are many playlists to find curated by blogs and people like you and me, just because they like music. But how do you find these playlists?

Spotify and Facebook

Many curators have connected their Spotify account to Facebook. That way it’s easy to contact these curators. First, think of all the playlist (titles) that would want your music. For example, if you have just released a new track search for ‘New Music’ or ‘New Songs’. Click ‘Playlists’ and find the ones you like. Listen to (or skip through) a couple of tracks to see if your music matches the curator’s taste. If you have found a playlist you think would add you, try to find contact information. Sometimes a curator adds contact information in the description, but more often than not you have to try a bit harder. Click on the curator’s name and check the profile picture. Now go to Facebook and type in the exact same name. Most of the time their Facebook profile shows the same picture as the curator’s on Spotify and you know you have the correct one. We will go into more detail on the next step – Pitch your music – later.

Use SpotOnTrack to find important playlists and data

If you haven’t heard of SpotOnTrack before, sign up. SpotOnTrack is an incredible and awesome tool to see all playlists that are supporting your music. You can check artists, playlists, curators, playlist ranking and curator ranking.
Spot on Track is a tool you need to track the SPOTIFY charts
and monitor playlists easily. Don’t miss a single move from
your favorite artists tracks and albums. Get to know what
the world is listening to right now!
Check everything SpotOnTrack can do for you HERE.
I’m really glad Spotify reintroduced the ‘Discovered on …’ function again and even included playlists with less than 25 listeners. You can check similar artists’ profile and check which playlists (top 5) they’re on. I also strongly suggest using SpotOnTrack. Besides checking which playlists include your music, it’s a great tool to discover new playlists. To do so, think of an artist that is similar to you. After you have found the artist you are were looking for, Check a few tracks to see which playlists it’s on’.
Discover what the world is listening to.

There may be hundreds of playlists featuring the artist, or a dozen, depending on the artist. Also browse through the ‘previously in’ section, as there might be some good playlists there as well. Pick a playlist and check when it was last updated, as playlists that have been updated 4 years ago won’t be taking your submission (in most cases). When you want to give it a go, right-click the ‘Go to Spotify’ green bar.

Select copy and paste in your Spotify desktop app. Try to locate the curator, see if he or she takes submissions and proceed according to what we’ve discussed in 2.1.

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Pitch your music

After you have located the curator’s contact details, proceed with caution. Prior to making contact, follow the playlist, play a few tracks and start your conversation with the curator by telling what you think of the playlist. Start with a friendly relationship and tell about your project in a few lines and suggest it for their playlist. Why does the curator want you on the playlist? Be patient and make sure you aren’t too pushy. Begging or demanding won’t get you anywhere.

Keep track of your submissions

Keep track of the playlists you’ve found and curator’s you’ve contacted. It’s best to use an Excel sheet. We’ve created one for you to use. Click the link below the image to download.

Start entering all the playlists you’ve found, along with contact information. If you have been able to make contact with a curator, enter how you made contact and if you had any luck and was added to the playlist.

Ps. If you’re contacting blogs for reviews or features, use the same sheet and alter it a bit to your liking.

Calculate streaming royalty

Your music was added to a lot of playlists and your streams have increased? Great! Estimate your earnings with this ‘Streaming Royalty Calculator’.

Submit to official Spotify playlists

Spotify has introduced an awesome new feature, giving artists and labels an opportunity to submit unreleased music directly to Spotify’s editorial team for playlist consideration. Why this is awesome? Because you now have a bigger chance of getting featured on many official New Music playlists.

Spotify's new feature: submit to official Spotify playlists
Link to Spotify’s announcement post.

How it works:

Simply log into your Spotify for Artists account or, if you work at a label, head over to Spotify Analytics. There, you’ll have the option of selecting one unreleased song for playlist consideration and submitting it to our team.

It’s important to give us as much information about the track as possible — genre, mood, and other data points all help us make decisions about where it may fit. You can note the instruments on it, whether it’s a cover, and the cultures you or the song belong to. The data you share will be complemented by what we already know about you — what else your fans listen to, what other playlists you’ve appeared on, etc.

Spotify curates many playlists, not every playlist is as big as New Music Friday but still, a great way to gain new (potential) fans! Almost every country in the world has an official New Music Spotify playlist and the better your track performs there, the better your chances of moving up Spotify’s ladder. The fewer people skip your track in a playlist, the higher your track is ranked. That’s another reason to submit to playlists suitable for your niche. Expect people to skip your Alternative Rock track on a (mostly) Hip Hop orientated playlist. Now, let’s take a look at this list of playlists we’ve collected below.

Spotify playlist curators who accept submissions right now

Below you’ll find a massive list of Spotify playlists, including ways to contact them. We’ll update this Spotify playlist directory regularly. Click the links, submit, use the Excel sheet to know how and when you submitted and us Spotify for Artists or SpotOnTrack to see whether you’ve been added! Were you added to a playlist? Be nice to the curator, other artists and yourself and share the playlist on social media!
Follower count updated: 11 September 2018
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Playlist Name Curator Genre(s) Followers Submit
New Music For The Love Of Bands For The Love Of Bands All genres 2,513 Via website
New Songs 2018 Elmer Bermal All genres 19,525 Via e-mail
Amazed by The Moment Nariman Dastpak Acoustic, Ambient, Chill, Downtempo 34 Via website
Light Songs for Lazy Sundays Nariman Dastpak Folk, Pop, Acoustic 2,729 Via website
Vibes of Blues, Jazz & Soul Tribes Nariman Dastpak Blues, Instrumental, Jazz, Soul 1,806 Via website
Music Medley Nariman Dastpak All genres 1,754 Via website
Rock & Metal Block Nariman Dastpak Alternative, Rock, Metal 1,860 Via website
#IndependentMusicMonday[PIAS] Playlists New music 18,863 Via website
Shoegaze[PIAS] Playlists Shoegaze 24,840 Via website or Facebook
Indie Workout[PIAS] Playlists Upbeat Indie 6,435 Via website or Facebook
Psychedelic Soul Sound Of Us Soul 216 Via website
A Journey Into Female Vocalists Sound Of Us Various 613 Via website
Funk Yes, Disco No Sound Of Us Various 169 Via website
Various other playlists Sound Of Us Various - Via website
Selected: Soundplate Soundplate Various 7,316 Via website
Fresh Beats Soundplate HipHop, TripHop, Electronica 8,560 Via website
Mood Lift: Happy Music! Soundplate Happy 4,418 Via website
Sunset Hunters Soundplate Mood 5,080 Via website
Love Songs Indiemono Various 261,342 Via website
Happy Songs Indiemono Various 46,241 Via website
SAD Music for Crying yourself to sleep Indiemono Various 368,217 Via website
New Indie / Alternative Indiemono Indie, Alternative 11,510 Via website
New Music Mondays Ditto Music Various 13,735 Via website
Digster (Universal) Digster Various playlists - Via website
EDM Daily Daily Playlists EDM 4,587 Via website
Pop Daily Daily Playlists Pop 4,019 Via website
Indie Daily Daily Playlists Indie 2,045 Via website
Hip Hop Daily Daily Playlists Hip Hop 3,772 Via website
Rock Daily Daily Playlists Rock 736 Via website
Kolibri Music Kolibri Music Various playlists - Via website
CloudKid CloudKid Various 83,878 Via Submithub
Songpickr: 2018 Best Songs Songpickr Various 132,761 Via Submithub
Fashion Store Sounds WorkHardPlaylistHard Electronic, Pop, Indie 10,866 Via Website
Fresh Picks WorkHardPlaylistHard Various 7,286 Via Website
Wine Bar Grooves WorkHardPlaylistHard Groovy, Funky, House 3,197 Via Website
This Playlist Rocks WorkHardPlaylistHard Electronic 653 Via Website
Symphonic Distribution Symphonic Distribution Various - Via website
Musicto Musicto Moods - Via website
Top Trending Higher Reign Various 444 Via website
New Music Friday Pop Justice Various 7,448 Via website
2018% Solid Pop Music Pop Justice Pop 1,269 Via website
What’s Popping Indie Mixtape Indie 60,382 Via Facebook
Sunday Chill Indie Mixtape Relax, Chill 14,699 Via Facebook
Indie Uplift Indie Mixtape Indie 10,066 Via Facebook
Drive Time Indie Mixtape Rock 10,377 Via Facebook
100+ best new alternative & indie hits Trackdiggers Indie, Alternative 364 Via Facebook
Poolside SpinGrey Various 7,359 SpinBox
Sunday SpinGrey Various 21,789 SpinBox
Dinner With Friends SpinGrey Various 5,567 SpinBox
It’s LIT SpinGrey Various 26,209 SpinBox
Indie & Alternative Party Jon Magnusson Indie, Alternative 233 Via website
Monsterthread – The Big One Jon Magnusson Various 536 Via website
Add This Music multiple playlists addthismusic Various - Via website
TheFreshTen: Indie TheFreshTen Indie 9,677 Via website
TheFreshTen: Sauce Boss TheFreshTen Rap 10,271 Via website
TheFreshTen (many other playlists) TheFreshTen Various - Via website
Xune Mag Fresh Finds Various 4,759 Via website
TuneMunk TuneMunk Various playlists - Via website
Music Is Much More Music_is_much_more Various playlists - Via website
Pop Punk / Punk Rock What happened to your band Pop Punk, Punk Rock 119 Via submithub
Top Buzz sidekickmusic Various 14,806 Via website
Today's Top Picks PopFiltr Various 75,489 Via e-mail
Rocking Indie PopFiltr Indie Rock 25,369 Via e-mail
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Collaborative playlists you can add your music to

Collaborative playlists are a great way to connect with other musicians and are very easy to create. It’s also an easy way of getting your music out there for anyone to enjoy, since you do the curating collaboratively. Remember you created one earlier at 3.3?

Simply follow the playlists you see below and add your track(s). Remember to check how many songs are appropriate, if the playlist has the theme or only one genre. This differs per playlist.

Sources / further reading

Roel Wensink
the authorRoel Wensink
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Roel started ForTheLoveOfBands to provide bands and artists with a platform to get their music heard and provide tips gathered along the way. Being a musician himself, he knows how hard it is and how much time it takes to promote your newly recorded gems.

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