Music streaming services such as Spotify have completely altered the way we listen to music. Listeners can now experience curated playlists that are unique and personalized to their taste at the click of a button. Whether it's for a specific genre, mood, activity, or a combination of all three, you can find a playlist that meets your needs.
This post will explore how to customize your own playlists and how to get more followers. We are going to break it down into three simple sections.
Making Playlists: We will walk you through how to create a Spotify account and how to create customized playlists for listeners to enjoy.
Technical Details: What’s the difference between a secret and public playlist? What about a collaborative playlist? We will explain!
Growing Followers: Some tips on how to grow your following on Spotify!
If you are a musician you may be interested in reading our previous blog post on how to get your music on a Spotify playlist.
So.. let’s get started on making your very own Spotify playlist!
Making Your Playlist
Step 1 - Making an Account
The very first thing you need to do is create your Spotify account. This can be done on your computer or on your phone.
You will first want to download the Spotify app or visit spotify.com and then click on “sign up.” From there you will need to fill out your personal information which will allow you to configure your account.
Tip: Be sure to select a profile name that you are comfortable with the public seeing. This can not be changed at a later time so make sure you are happy with your profile name!
Step 2 - Designing the Playlist
Now it is time to make a playlist. You will need to decide what exactly you are going for with this playlist. You typically should aim for a playlist having a theme such as genre, mood (happy, sad, etc.), activity (working out, walks, date night, etc.), or a combination of these.
We will be using Neon Collective’s Energetic Indie Pop playlist as an example.
Click on “create playlist” on the left hand side. You will be prompted to select:
A name for the playlist - This name should reflect the overall theme/genre of the playlist. Try to make it something fun and eye-catching so that listeners become interested.
Playlist Description - This is where you can go into a bit more detail on some of the artists included on your playlist and the overall goal of the playlist. The description should be short and sweet.
Playlist Image - At this step you want to find a visual that properly represents the playlist. You can visit royalty-free photography sites to find an image that works for you. Sites such as Pexels, Unsplash, and Pixabay are great options. Download the image of your choice and upload it to your playlist. If you want to take it a step further you can also upload your image to Canva and add text overtop of the image so that the playlist name is also included. If you enjoy graphic design you can take creative liberty and come up with a cover of your own.
Step 3 - Adding Songs
Now that the design of your playlist is ready let's talk about adding music. All you need to do is follow these steps.
Search for the song you would like to add
Click on the song
Click the three dots on the right beside the song
Click “add to playlist”
Select the playlist you would like to add it to.
You will notice that as you begin to add songs Spotify will recommend some songs for the playlist at the bottom of the playlist page. You can click “add” to add any of these recommended songs to your playlist.
It is always recommended to add a mix of popular songs as well as songs by new artists that match the same style of the playlist. This will allow people to discover new music based on their current interests.
If you ever want to delete a song simply click on the playlist, click on the three dots beside the song, and then click on “remove from this playlist.”
In terms of how long your playlist should be we recommend 50-100 songs. This can be adapted based on the purpose of your playlist. If it's a workout playlist you can take into account how long people typically workout for which is around 1-2 hours. Giving a little extra room for songs people may skip means a 2.5 hour long playlist (or a 50 song playlist) should do the trick. If you are making a playlist for studying or working a 4 hour playlist (80 song playlist) may be more favourable.
On our Energetic Indie Pop playlist we have on average between 45-55 songs.
If you are looking for some inspiration you can check out our post on the Best Spotify Playlists.
You have the option of making your playlists “secret” and “public” and you may be asking yourself, “what is the difference between the two and how do I change it?”
Public vs. Private Playlists
A public playlist is one that anyone can listen to. Oftentimes people come across new playlists by searching for a playlist that reflects the mood/genre they are interested in. So, making your playlist public will allow people to discover them. Who knows, maybe they will follow it too if they like the music you’ve curated.
A “secret” playlist is one that is only visible to the creator of the playlist. If you want others to be able to discover your playlist it must be set to public.
You will always have the option to make a playlist public or secret at any time. In the screenshot below, we have the option to change Energetic Indie Pop to a secret playlist: