How To Get On Spotify Playlists
How Do You Get Your Song Onto Spotify’s Editorial Playlists?
If you’re here, you’ve probably learnt that getting on Spotify playlists is the way to grow your streams, get more exposure for your music, gain followers, likes and saves. There are different ways to get on playlists but what is the right way to get on them? And what kind of playlists are out there? the differences between them? Which playlists can you add your song to? And how to get your music on Spotify playlists?
These are the questions that every artist, who releases new music, is busy researching,
Well, We're here to help answer these questions, but just before we do, if you're into playlist submissions, make sure you already released your music using a digital music distribution and you have access to your Spotify for artists dashboard.
So let’s jump right in!
Spotify playlists fall into three categories: Editorial, Algorithmic, and User-created
Editorial playlists are the type of playlists that are created by Spotify's editorial team. They are seen as Spotify's top playlists as they have the biggest number of followers, and they appear as the first choice when you are searching for a playlist, because Spotify placed them there.
Here are some examples of Editorial playlists:
Today’s Top Hits – 31 Million followers
Are & Be – 5.8 Million followers
Coffee Table Jazz – 2.3 Million followers
Funky Heavy Bluesy – 800K followers
Hot Country – 6.7 Million followers
These playlists can make a massive difference for an artist who manages to get his song placed on one of these playlists, it can dramatically change his/her music career.
What are the steps to getting on one of these playlists? That will be discussed later.
Every time you like a song, listen to a song on repeat, follow an artist or save a song, the Spotify algorithm remembers it. Using the data collected, Spotify creates a personalized playlist just for you based on your music tastes. Artists can gain exposure for their songs and connect with genuine fans through these playlists.
There are 3 kinds of algorithmic playlists: Daily Mix, Release Radar, and Discover Weekly.
Different kinds of music genres can be featured on Daily Mix, which is updated daily. The more you listen to Daily Mixes, the more frequently they are updated.
Release Radar is a playlist with 2 hours of music and is updated on a weekly basis. The music in these playlists are newly released tracks from artists that you are following.
Discover Weekly presents you with artists that match your music taste, and other people like you, with the same music preferences. It is updated every Monday and is a great way for artists to gain music exposure.
Lastly, User-Created Playlists
These are the playlists created by Spotify users, in other words these are independently curated playlists. Everyone can create his own playlist and all users can choose whether to make their own curated playlists private or public.
Most users are regular users who create their own playlists for fun and sort them by music genre or a theme. Some Spotify users create playlists for more professional use, for example, playlists used for bars, restaurants, music charts, exercise and different brands etc.
For example, our platform One Submit is all about connecting artists and Spotify playlist owners, YouTube music channels, TikTok influencers, music Blogs, Radio stations, and Record labels.
One Submit provides a reliable service where you can submit your music for playlist consideration and get it reviewed and listened to by Spotify playlist curators.
Once the curators review your music, they will have a choice whether to approve or decline your song. If they choose to approve your song, they will add it to their playlist/channel, which will promote your music exponentially. Either way, the curator is obligated to provide a written review for your song, and in most cases that's valuable feedback to any artist.
One Submit also has the option to submit music to music bloggers, radio stations, TikTok influencers, YouTube channels, and labels.
How do you get your song onto a Spotify editorial playlists?
So since we have an idea on what types of playlists Spotify has, one would ask, How do you get your songs onto Spotify’s editorial playlists?
There are 2 main ways to do this:
1. You will need to get your song onto a user-created playlist and start generating plays for your music, as well as saves and likes for your song. The bigger the playlist, the better. The more playlists you land your song onto, the more plays you get, therefore, increasing your chances of getting noticed by Spotify editorial playlists.
Feel free to try our self-service platform, One Submit, with flexibility according to your budget.
2. Get your song on Algorithmic Playlists and kindly ask your fans to play your song, save it as well as like it. Start with your closest friends, over time, your song will eventually appear on different “Algorithmic Playlists,” and you will be exposed to a new audience. If your song is a success, you might start to get some serious plays and eventually fall within a Spotify editorial playlist.
3. There’s another way to submit unreleased tracks to Spotify editorial playlists for consideration. It involves a different process of submission, Check out this blog for more information.
With that being said, make sure you've set up your Spotify for artists account, and your own tracks are already placed with streaming services.
That’s it, thanks for reading and hopefully this article has helped you.
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