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How To Get Your Music On More Spotify Playlists

Including a massive list of 120 Spotify playlists and curators, so submit to Spotify playlists right now!

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Last updated: 25 February 2019

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!

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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. A cool website and app to track your listeners and followers, show featured playlists and see which playlists feature your music.

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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MySphera

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.

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!

MySpera

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.

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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: 25 February 2019
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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
Klangspot Playlists Klangspot Many playlists 40,000 + Via website
Top Buzz sidekickmusic Various 14,806 Via website
Amazed by The Moment Nariman Dastpak Acoustic, Ambient, Chill, Downtempo 47 Via website
Light Songs for Lazy Sundays Nariman Dastpak Folk, Pop, Acoustic 2,873 Via website
Vibes of Blues, Jazz & Soul Tribes Nariman Dastpak Blues, Instrumental, Jazz, Soul 1,845 Via website
Music Medley Nariman Dastpak All genres 1,776 Via website
Rock & Metal Block Nariman Dastpak Alternative, Rock, Metal 1,932 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
MySphera.com MySphera All genres N.A. Via website
Funk Yes, Disco No Sound Of Us Various 169 Via website
Various other playlists Sound Of Us Various - Via website
FRSH: New Music MarkMyBlurbs Pop, all 280 Via E-mail
Rock: Fresh Noise MarkMyBlurbs Rock, Metal, Pop Punk, Heavy Rock 3,564 Via E-mail
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 website
Sunday Chill Indie Mixtape Relax, Chill 14,699 Via website
Indie Uplift Indie Mixtape Indie 10,066 Via website
Drive Time Indie Mixtape Rock 10,377 Via website
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
Lander's Top Picks Lander PR Indie, Alt, Grunge, Rock 54 Via e-mail
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
Today's Top Picks PopFiltr Various 75,489 Via e-mail
Rocking Indie PopFiltr Indie Rock 25,369 Via e-mail
Indie Hits Stereobeats Indie Rock 1,026 Via e-mail
Indie Bands of 2018 BandRec Indie Pop, Indie Rock 689 Via Facebook
Why doesn't everyone know these songs? Luna Keller Various 57 Via e-mail
Buzz Tracks Buzz Tracks Various playlists Via e-mail
rainy days Katie Cline Various 33,000 Via online form
Just Great Music - 100% Good Mood Booster! Reat Kay Electronic, pop, indie 32,932 Via Facebook
Emo Throwback We Are Triumphant Emo 14,948 Via website
Pop Punk Essentials We Are Triumphant Pop Punk 5,670 Via website
Spotify New Music jlarome Various 1490 Via website
FBP Music Publishing FBP Various 542 Via submithub
THIS IS ROCK Victor Oliveira Rock 4419 Via Facebook
Pop Rizing Rizing Playlists Pop 1676 Via website
Rock Rizing Rizing Playlists Rock 1038 Via website
Press Play OK PressPLAY OK Various 441 Via e-mail
BREAKING Rock Artists eatinrecords Rock 197 Via website
JUKES FRITACAO #STREAM Lindal Team Various 927 Via e-mail
Indie Rampage Keith Sow Lin Spinney Indie 2312 Via e-mail
The Spotlight Mark Vank Various 29812 Via e-mail
Ultimate Pop-Indie-Rock Spotifnation Pop, Indie, Rock 6896 Via e-mail
Fresh Finds: Slay Selects Slay Sonics Various 5199 Via e-mail
Make Money Not Friends Abrax Phaeton Hip Hop, Rap 71122 Via e-mail
Headbangerz Weekly headbangerz.net Rock 2304 Via e-mail
Colours of Music Soundevote Various 11623 Via e-mail
Take It From Me RayLee Johnson Various 5,327 Via e-mail
Best of INDIE ROCK 2019 The Indie Folx Indie Rock 52250 Via e-mail
Best of INDIE POP 2019 The Indie Folx Indie Pop 23561 Via e-mail
Best of INDIE FOLK 2019 The Indie Folx Indie Folk 17065 Via e-mail
Best of INDIE RAP 2019 The Indie Folx Indie Rap 16729 Via e-mail
Weekly Hits Melodic Music Various 11,077 Via e-mail
Morning Coffee QRTR Various 1543 Via website
Alternative Hits QRTR Alternative 899 Via website
Around The Bonfire QRTR Folk 1163 Via website
Fresh Tunes QRTR Various 1654 Via website
Mood Booster QRTR Various 1292 Via website
Perfect Focus QRTR Various 280 Via website
So Indie QRTR Indie 4906 Via website
QRTR Discovery QRTR Various 309 Via website
Ultimate Pop-Indie-Rock Spotifnation Pop, Indie, Rock 9557 Via e-mail
Rock Mix Kyle Macleod Rock 3771 Via Facebook
Gym Rock Music Gym Rock Music Rock 28518 Via e-mail
"Fraeni CrossFit Games" Fraeni Various 26198 Via e-mail
New Wave and Alternative Beats - Ones To Watch Manifesto New Wave, Alternative 17057 Via website
Skiing and Snowboarding Manifesto Various 24069 Via website
Thoughtful - Slow Jams Manifesto Various 26889 Via website
Blue Ribbon 2019 Indie Tracker Chris Ambrosino Various 102 Via ForTheLoveOfBands
Summer 2019 Hits vipmusic-fr Various 59160 Via e-mail
INDIE 505 INDIE 505 Indie 13,07 Via e-mail
Next Gen Kool Playlists Various 240 Via website
Perfect Soundtrack playlist on top Various 5709 Via e-mail
Indie Hits Stereobeats Indie 1525 Via e-mail
DEUX-DEUX Many a Moon Various 515 Via e-mail
Pop Punk Perfection HITS Pop Punk 187,61 Via e-mail
Rock Salute HITS Rock 20,831 Via e-mail
Acoustic Skate HEADSICK Skate (Punk) 15,267 Via e-mail
Emo Throwback HEADSICK Emo 2,435 Via e-mail
Sub Pop Suggests Sub Pop Various 6,383 Via e-mail
Stereogum's Favorite New Music Stereogum Various 4,419 Via e-mail
Communion: Now Playing Communion Various 1,655 Via e-mail
Indie/Alternative Tunes IndieAltTunes Indie, Alternative 16,800 Via e-mail
Songs White People Get Lit To 30secondrock Rock, Punk, Indie 45,918 Via e-mail
Release Radar - New Releases 2019 Dagger123 Various 19,000 Via website
Beach Vibes Caltify MX Mood 3,434 Via Instagram
Pop Trending Experience Music Group Pop 48,349 Via e-mail
New Pop Punk Essentials Gavin Bonar Pop Punk 475 Via e-mail
New Songs I'm Feelin' That You've Never Heard Erez 'diwon' Safar Indie 691 Via e-mail
FRESH FINDS: Slay Selects Slay Selects New music 5,255 Via e-mail
Updated frequently for you by ForTheLoveOfBands 🙂

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.

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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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