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 120 Spotify playlists and curators, so submit to Spotify playlists right now and start getting listed on more Spotify Playlists 🙂
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- Gather contacts
- Spotify and Facebook
- Use SpotOnTrack or Chartmetric to find important playlists and data
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Get verified on Spotify
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. A cool website and app to track your listeners and followers, show featured playlists and see which playlists feature your music.
Set up Spotify 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 Spotify 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
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 so you can get on more Spotify 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 or Chartmetric 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!-SpotOnTrack.com
Check everything SpotOnTrack can do for you HERE.
I’m really glad Spotify reintroduced the ‘Discovered on …’ function again (they disabled it a couple of years ago) and even included playlists with less than 25 listeners (that used to be a thing). You can check similar artists’ profile and check which playlists they’re on. I also strongly suggest using SpotOnTrack or Chartmetric (see below).
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’. 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.
Another cool platform is Chartmetric. While SpotOnTrack only has a premium subscription, Chartmetric has a free version too.
Music is more omnipresent than ever. People consume music without borders, and interact with artists across so many different channels. Everything is changing, and we are dealing with more data than ever in music history. Chartmetric is here to simplify the digital music landscape. We bring you the latest data from dozens of platforms and connect it, so you can focus on spotting trends and gathering insights.–Explore all this and more at Chartmetric.com
From one simple-to-use dashboard, track your audience across the entire digital spectrum and unlock powerful analytics to amplify your reach.
MySphera connects micro-influencers and new music with a focus on independent Spotify playlist curators. In their own words:
The matchmaker between your music and tastemakers.-MySpera
You have an option to let MySphera do all the work for $20 or do it yourself. There are quite a lot of curators you can contact via MySpera so good luck!
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 and sure as hell won’t get you on more Spotify playlists.
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 editorial 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.
How to submit to Spotify’s editorial team
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
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 – get on more Spotify playlists
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!
Want to get your Spotify playlist listed below? Click here!
Some of these playlisters might have changed their tactics and ask for money now, before placement. Please let us know which one(s) by mailing Support.
Follower count updated: February 2019
Click here for the directory of Spotify playlist curators.
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.
Music by Friends and Followers CD Baby Mixtape AtomCollectorRecords.com Unsigned Artists Spotlight – the best music you’ve never heard (all genres) Collaborative Spotify Playlist SHARE YOUR SONG WITH ME Collaborative playlist MerkThe Indie Discovery List Lets make a party Hidden & Forgotten Gems Musical Artizan – indie songs Alternative Rock Share your own originals and your greatest inspirations Great Music Mix Add Your Song Of The Week! Spotify Collaborative Playlist #1
Sources / further reading
http://observer.com/2017/06/reddit-spotify-hype-songs/https://www.repostnetwork.com/blog/2016/07/13/spotify-playlist-pitching/ http://spotifly.us/5-best-master-hacks-for-spotify-promotion/https://www.dittomusic.com/blog/6-tips-for-promoting-your-music-on-spotify http://musicfibre.com/http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/music-promotion/how-to-get-your-music-in-a-playlist-on-spotify-or-apple-music-2/https://www.reddit.com/r/spotifylists/new/ https://symphonicdistribution.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000081603-Can-I-be-on-your-Spotify-playlists-http://reschedule.it/https://www.imusiciandigital.com/en/spotify-best-practices-get-music-spotify-playlists-part-2/http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/music-promotion/pitching-music-curated-playlists-spotify/
this is a PHENOMENAL resource – thank you! filled with incredibly helpful insight, and filled with contact info – easily the yummiest combination possible.
Hey Kimberly, thanks for your reply. Glad you enjoy reading!
I think my advice is to be realistic with your playlist promotion. I had much better results going with independent curators than going with PlaylistPush or other such similar services that require $100’s of investment. For example, the best two curators I have worked with was @xtbmusic (Music submissions via their Instagram) and Janus Audio (find them on Facebook). Their service was only about $15-20 but they delivered me a modest organic stream rate of a few thousand a month. Anything making bold claims and wanting large sums is never going to end well, go smaller and realistic to get better value for your money,
Awesome article and just what I needed as an aspiring artist looking to expand my audience.
I never would have thought to create a playlist with our band’s influences and our own music. It’s a better way for connect to find our music than just sending it to them. Great stuff!
Yeah I completely agree, so useful for independents aswell!!
I think my advice is to be realistic with your playlist promotion. I had much better results going with independent curators than going with PlaylistPush or other such similar services that require $100’s of investment. For example, the best two curators I have worked with was @xtbmusic (Music submissions via their Instagram) and Janus Audio (find them on Facebook). Their service was only about $15-20 but they delivered me a modest organic stream rate of a few thousand a month. Anything making bold claims and wanting large sums is never going to end well, go smaller and realistic to get better value for your money.
I agree! It’s easy to get swept up in the allure of huge Spotify influencers. People with a more organic following get more out of smaller influencers because they are truer fans. Consistency is key!
Super useful, thanks chaps:)
Great Article, probably the most useful I’ve ever read about the Topic
Thanks a lot!
Excellently comprehensive article
Thanks Tre Ben Pham! Let us know if you had any success promoting your track(s)!
Really useful and insightful article! Thank you 🙂
Roel, this is SO helpful! Thanks for your insight into Spotify submission. I had no idea that the fewer people skip your track, the higher it’s rated! Pretty cool (and slightly intimidating) fact. Thanks again!
Thank you guys so much for this article I have already progressed from reading it you guys are awesome thanks for helping the community !!!
Thank you much for this resource. And most importantly for keeping it up to date. We have a new track coming in 3 weeks so this is a big focus!!
this is great – I’ve been looking for a resource like this for Spotify playlists for a while now. Very helpful – thank you!
Great post ! Creating your profile as an artist will also provide you with good data about your listeners, and on top you can also offer your unreleased music for editorial playlist, a must do !
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Julien! Valuable addition to the article.
thanks great article really, helpful for getting started.
some of those public collaborative playlists are no longer collaborative. But can still submit through websites 🙂
Thanks for letting us know. We’ll update the list soon 🙂
This website has basically everything a DIY musician needs
Great article! I’m going to follow the advice in this blog and will check back in a couple of weeks with an update, Thank you!!!
Thanks Aria, let us know if you’ve had success (or tips for us to share 🙂 )
Some great advice!
Great resource for bands!
found this article while doing research for my band on exactly this topic, started by submitting to for the love of bands playlists and working my way down. thanks for this resource
This is super useful – thank you!
Super helpful info! Thank you for posting this.
Thanks guys really helpful.
Very helpful and needed. Cheers!
Great article, with actionable and useful info. Thanks!!
I’ve been looking for an article like this for the past couple of days and this one perfectly summarizes everything we need to know about Spotify playlists. Thank you for writing this!
This article rocks!!! literally!!! A lot of info to digest!! Thanks!
Thank you for giving us a primer on the mysterious world of Spotify!
This is exactly the kind of content I was looking for. My band and I have been trying so hard to get included in Spotify playlist, but it seems like a never ending task to complete. Thank you so much!
This blog post was full of useful information that was easy to follow and very much appreciated the link list for further reading as well. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try to navigate various streaming services, especially if you are more fluent with one than another. Thank you for putting this together. I found the recommendation and rationale for joining Spotify Artists extremely helpful as well as subsequent information on how to network with playlists/contacts.
This is a great article and very informative! Great work!
Absolutely invaluable resource.. A really great starting point for any musicians trying to get heard! Follow these steps carefully and put in the work – Your voice can be heard if you’re willing to grind..!! Best of luck, all..!!!!
You’re right, your voice (or guitar :P) can be heard! Persistence is key, remember that!
Amazing article and resource for independent musicians. I came here looking to possibly pitch some of our tunes to your Spotify list and got so much more. Thank you so much.
Thanks Ryan and you’re welcome. Hope you have success pitching your song(s)!
Awesome article, important tools here.
Thanks Carly! Good luck submitting to these curators 🙂
Thanks so much for this, it really helps!
You’re welcome Thomas, good luck!
Thanks! Very helpful!
You’re welcome 😀
This is a lot of great information.
Thanks Zach! Make sure to mark this to your favourites as new curators are added frequently
Very helpful! Thanks
Great readup! Thx!
Thanks! Glad you like it
Wish I would have had such a good list sooner! Thanks!
You’re welcome guys! Good luck 🙂
Thanks for all this great information. When you say to create an influencer playlist and to share the “playlist on social media as well and tag the artists on it”.. how and where exactly do you tag an artist to a playlist, or what do you mean exactly please?
Hi David, thanks for your comment! What I mean is this: after creating a playlist with your influences and other stuff you like, check the other artists’ profiles, click ‘about’ and write down their social handles. When sharing the playlist on your own socials (FB/TW/IG) tag the artists on there so they might play your playlist with your music on it and they might even share it on their socials so your music automatically gets shared around. This way, you show you care for other artists as well, the most important aspect of the independent music scene.
Amazing article! 🙂 A lot and also really new informations! The list with the playlist and the belonging PDF i liked most 🙂
Handy information, Spotify is next on my todo list.
Great article. It’s rare to find information so accurate and specific. thank you for sharing. I will surely be using many resources menioined in the article.
This is the pay dirt of websites pertaining to playlists on Spotify. It’s the best resource I’ve found yet.
Thanks Eric, hope this helps 🙂
Thanks for the support! Keep up the great work.
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This is very useful information!! Thank you!!
This is great!
Bands interested in submitting music to the official Indie/Rock Playlist need only send their MP3 or WAV/FLAC to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hell yeah, thanks for the info!
Extremely useful info. Thanks!
Wow! Amazingly useful article for an artist! Will be using this for my next release for sure!
Wow! Super useful – will be using for my next release, thank you.
Many many thanks for all these information and the submission links, it’s a matter of living for indie artists…
excellent resource. thank you so much for the insight. cheers!
This is super useful. I really liked the tip about tracking your submissions on a spreadsheet (had never thought of being so organized with this!)
It really helps you following up or remembering what you submitted where. Glad you like our post.
We will get on to making our artist’s playlist! Thanks for the advice!
You’re welcome. Good luck curating that one!
Hi! I wanted to share my new collaborative Trance playlist with you. Everyone can add his newest Trance track to this Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/tektula/playlist/6ZmljrSgZ9tuBu1aG1ErmU
Great advice and resources. Just what I need to kick start my spotify campaign. Thanks for sharing!
Thx for the awesome resource!
Great information Roel! I think this helps bands a lot and also provides unique info that is not shareable so easily! thanks!
Good stuff! I’m looking forward to submitting to you guys as well as all the others you so graciously listed!
The tip about keeping track on your submissions is really useful. I would suggest using a CRM tool or a project management software instead of an Excel sheet, that way you can see a history of the changes and categorize the info more effectively.
That’s actually a great idea! Thanks also for linking back to ForTheLoveOfBands on your Spotify blog post 🙂
I will dig all this, thanks for sharing your work!
Here are some country specific playlists. You can even submit to most of them so thought I’d share 🙂
Very informative. Most artists strictly into music. The playlist are definitely needed for exposure.
Any tips on finding bands to collaborate with? I’ve had some luck on Reddit but not much else.
SO interesting! Lots of new ideas right here for promoting my next single
You can submit directly to our curated playlists, we are always open to hearing new artists 🙂 feel free to submit here – https://www.unitedsoundsource.com/submit-to-playlists
Whoa massive article with a ton of info! Definitely gonna save this one for future reference. Thanks!!!
This is a fantastic source of information, and offers a lot of guidance. Kudos to the author for making these tips accessible to the masses. Keep up the great work!
Hi Roel, thanks a lot for that super interesting article, great insights! We from Cyanite are developing tools than can support you in the playlisting process. For example, our AI visualizes the emotional profiles of single songs and full playlists. You can use these insights for yourself to make sure your song fits to a playlist and you can also send it to the curators as a validation that the song fits the mood of the playlist.
I’ve also recently written an article about how Cyanite can support you with playlist pitching: https://cyanite.ai/2019/08/08/the-3-best-ways-how-to-improve-your-playlist-pitching-with-cyanite/
If you find that interesting you can check it out here, it’s totally free btw: http://www.cyanite.ai
Excited to hear your thoughts about it. Hope it helps and all the best from Berlin
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