How to Make a Good Spotify Playlist
If you have a Spotify account then you know they rule the world of playlists. We’ll show you how to make a playlist on Spotify and everything you need to make it great.
A good playlist requires you to think outside the box and to be creative. Spend time choosing the right songs and picking the right image to really draw listeners in. A good playlist needs to be updated regularly to ensure people want to keep listening.
Playlisting has been around for a long time but the way that we make our playlists has changed dramatically. Good playlists are important for artists trying to break into the music industry as it allows your fans to learn more about who you are as an artist.
How do I make my playlist?
The best place to start when making a playlist is to think outside the box. Be creative and think of something different. You don’t want to end up making something that has already been made before. The chances are you won’t get many people listening to it as they will probably look for and listen to other playlists that are very similar.
However, it’s good to have a certain type of playlist concept or theme in mind. A good playlist can make all the difference and people listen to them for all sorts of reasons. Whether someone is going through a break-up, having fun at a party, lighting the barbecue on a hot summer’s day or simply trying to get on with some work, the right music is important.
Types of playlists to make
- Party playlist
- Running playlist
- Wedding playlist
- Road trip playlist
- Pop playlist
- Workout/gym playlist
- Chill/relax playlist
- Work office playlist
- Study playlist
- Christmas playlist
- Love/relationship playlist
- Breakup playlist
- Sleep playlist
- Country playlist
- Graduation playlist
- Film/TV music playlist
- Musical theatre playlist
How many songs should a playlist have?
But there’s no limit to how many songs you put on your playlist. You could make a CD-length playlist between 10 and 15 songs or go as high as 50 songs per playlist. If you want your playlist to last you a whole day then you’ll need around 350 songs, maybe even more!
Choosing fewer songs gives you the option to be specific and pick the best songs. You are more likely to stick to one genre or theme if you keep the numbers of songs low. This could help the playlist flow and make listening to it more of an experience.
How to make a playlist flow
The key is to make sure that the change in mood between songs isn’t too drastic. The same goes for genres because playing a death metal song after a chilled electronic track will feel quite jarring. When you have a group of songs that are of a similar style, get to know how upbeat or slow each song is. You could try and alternate quicker and slower tempo songs or vary the mood.
If your playlist has a concept or story then you need to listen to the lyrics and try and set a theme with the order. At the end of the day, you have to go with what you feel is right. You will know if a playlist isn’t flowing well, so just experiment and see what happens.
How to get playlist followers on Spotify
Next, make sure that you think of a good name. You don’t want it to be too boring otherwise it’s unlikely to stand out and people aren’t going to select it to listen to. You want to grab the attention of the listeners so make your playlist bold, exciting and different.
Another important factor to think about is presentation and artwork. Again, the images you choose for your playlist are vital because if it stands out, people are likely to be drawn to it. Make the artwork snazzy and colourful so it shouts “listen to me!”.
When choosing the songs to feature on your playlist, try and limit it to one song per artist. This way, it gives more variety and shows that you aren’t giving leniency to one particular artist. It also just makes the playlist more exciting and interesting to listen to if there are a variety of artists.
Keep your playlist updated but don’t overdo it. No more than once a week but at least once a month. Keeping it fresh will encourage people to keep listening and to come back for more.
Finally, make sure you plug your playlist on all your social media platforms and on your website. If you don’t share it, you could potentially be missing out on listeners. Let people know that it’s there and ask your friends and family to share it. Ultimately, it’s a big way to boost your followers and make people aware of who you are as an artist.
How to change Spotify playlist picture
You will see a picture made up of album artwork from the first four songs when you create your playlist. Hover over this image and you should see a sign that says ‘Edit image’. Click on the picture and you will be taken to edit playlist details. A circle with … will be in the corner of the image. Click on this and then replace the image. You can now choose your own image for your playlist.
You need to make sure your Spotify picture uses the right dimensions. The minimum size required is 300×300 pixels so any square larger than this is good. Make sure that the file size is under 4mb. The artwork size used by Spotify is 640×640 so this might be the optimum size for your image.
How do I organise songs in my playlists?
Whichever streaming service you use, playlists are a great source for sharing and listening to lots of different music. However, you can end up with a long line of playlists and it can be difficult to organise them so you can find the right music to fit your mood.
To start with, create a new playlist called ‘New’. Then at the end of each month, label it with the date and do this each month. You will end up with a collection of your favourite tracks from each month.
Then, create some folders for different types of music to suit your mood at the time. For example, you could have one with different genres of music and another one for different seasons or occasions such as summer. Then you could have a work based folder with playlists that enable you to concentrate.
Make sure you keep your playlists organised as it makes it easier to find things you want to listen to more quickly. Each time you find a new song that you like, put it into one of your folders. It will make it much more enjoyable for you to listen to.
It’s not just listening streaming services that can be relied upon to share new music. Platforms such as YouTube are extremely important. YouTube is another way people discover new music. Some music industry analysts believe that it accounts for 40% of all music listening – so it shouldn’t be underestimated.
If your song is shared on any playlist it could be the start of something big so don’t be afraid to contact playlist curators to share your music and make them aware that you are there and that you produce some very good music. You could be lucky and find your music is shared on some of the most popular playlists around.
Why should I make a YouTube playlist?
There are many great playlist services but YouTube is another great source, especially as it means you get a visual element as well. It’s also another good way to maximise your presence on YouTube in a fast way.
So, put simply, a YouTube playlist is a group of videos collated together on the channel and of course you can categorize similar videos with the music of similar genres.
In October 2016, YouTube had more than one billion active users each month. People all over the world spend hours watching videos on the platform. So creating a playlist on there is a great way to grow your fanbase.
YouTube is hugely beneficial because playlists can come up on search results which gives you another way to get your name out there. So, make sure your playlists have good keywords that will increase your exposure to YouTube users.
Playlists also help people see the range of content you have which is particularly relevant when people are just discovering more about you.
How will playlists help me as an emerging artist?
The best way to ensure that playlists work in your favour is to start to grow a fanbase. The more people you get listening to your playlist, the better the chance you will gain an audience who will become aware of who you are. Then, each time you add new music, more people are likely to hear it. It means that you won’t need to wait for people to notice you as instead, they will instantly see when you drop a new track in.
A popular playlist could get hundreds of thousands of streams if you are lucky. So, don’t rush it. Take your time and do your research. Making a playlist is a fun job so enjoy it and you could see yourself reaping the benefits.
How do you make a good Spotify playlist?
Spotify is one of the most popular and most important streaming services in the music industry, so as an artist using it to promote your music, it’s vital that you make a lot of effort to get it right.
Therefore, making playlists on Spotify is another good way to get your name out there, so make sure that you spend time on it. Playlists are the most important and most popular feature on Spotify so it’s essential that you know how to make them properly.
There are millions of playlists on Spotify and they are created by different groups of people. Sometimes, it’s the team of experts at Spotify and sometimes it’s different groups of fans from all over the world. Whoever creates them, they can be a brilliant way to introduce your music to new fans. It’s also a good way to show your fans what kind of music you’re into, which gives them more of an insight as to who you are as an artist.
Rules for making a playlist
First of all, think of a short, snappy title that will stand out and draw listeners in. Once you’ve got a name, decide on the content. A good playlist on Spotify should be at least two hours long. Spend some time deciding which songs will feature on the playlist and then have a think about the order you want them to appear in. The order is important as you want the first 10 songs to be big hits, big songs, big bangers! That way, it’s more likely that people will keep listening and it will help you to grow your fanbase on Spotify.
Avoid having too many songs by the same artist or from the same album. Ideally, stick to one song from a different artist for each playlist.
The appearance of your Spotify playlist is also important as it is more likely to attract attention. Pick an image that is of good quality so that it won’t pixelate. You can choose whatever you like for the image but try and stick with something that matches the theme of your playlist, or pick a nice picture of one of the artists you are featuring.
And of course, once you’ve finished making your playlist, make sure you remember to share it on Spotify’s community boards and across your social media platforms.
Why are playlists important?
Although radio airplay still plays a big part in the way we listen to music, playlists are becoming a very popular way for us to discover new music. Playlists are shaping the musical landscape so if you don’t take advantage of it then you could end up missing out on big opportunities in your music career. People are now relying on playlists to introduce them to all sorts of music from all over the world. They have become an extremely important asset for artists, especially those looking to improve their fanbase.
Also, don’t forget that streaming now counts towards the official singles chart, so playlists are becoming more important than ever. Imagine that you are a non-musician who just wants to discover new music. You’re unlikely to want to spend hours trawling through streaming services looking for the kind of music that you enjoy to listen to. That’s where playlists come in. The expertly curated playlists are specially designed to cater for a wide range of genres and to all music fans.
The data also speaks for itself. Spotify has 4,500 curated playlists which generate more than a billion streams a week all over the world. Their Discover Weekly feature has connected more than 40 million music fans to around 5 billion new songs.
That goes to show how important streaming services and playlists are for emerging artists. It’s a fantastic way to break into the modern music industry so it’s essential that you have a strong understanding of how it all works if you are to be successful.
By now, you should have a wealth of tips on how to make a good playlist. If you’ve done it before and have any tips or suggestions, share them below.