There’s many types of playlists on Spotify that can all help get your music in front of millions of potential fans. The three main types are:
Personalized: Algorithmically generated for our users, like Discover Weekly and Release Radar. Any new music you release is featured on your followers’ Release Radars - so the more followers you have, the more playlists you’ll be on.
Editorial: Carefully curated by our music experts and genre specialists from around the globe, these are the playlists with the little Spotify logo in the top-left corner of the cover image. With Spotify Analytics, you can submit unreleased music to be considered for Editorial playlists. The earlier you submit your music, the better!
- Listener: Made by our users! These playlists can carry huge influence and potential for your music.
You can increase your chances of making it onto all these playlist types by continuing to grow your fanbase. Check out our promo guide for tips on Spotify for Artists.
With Spotify Analytics, you can submit one song from any scheduled release for our team to discover and consider for editorial playlists. We’ll also include it on your followers’ Release Radar playlists.
How to submit a song for consideration
Note: This is a new feature and so far in beta mode. Keep your ears out for updates and improvements.
- Log in to Spotify Analytics. From the Catalog section, look for the new Upcoming tab.
- Select GET STARTED next to the release you want to pitch.
- Choose the song you’d like to submit.
- Follow the steps to tell us about the song.
Here are additional things to keep in mind when submitting:
- Submitting a song doesn’t guarantee a place on an editorial playlist, but does give it the best chance.
- One song per release. And, one song per artist. You can submit for as many releases as you like, as long as they’re unreleased.
- Submissions are open to all Spotify Analytics users. There are no fees. No external parties or services have access to our editors, or any other influence, so beware of promises.
- It’s not possible to remove yourself from a playlist if your track is chosen for it. There’s no set amount of time it will stay on the playlist - it depends how well it resonates with listeners.
- Our editors reserve the right to creative control for their selections. This means they may choose to feature a different song from your release on their playlist.
- All submissions are viewable on Spotify for Artists as well as Spotify Analytics; artists will see if you’ve submitted a track from an upcoming release. Artists can also edit submissions, including yours. Any changes are displayed for all members.
If you’re unable to see or submit music for playlist consideration, be sure to check the following:
It’s only possible to submit unreleased music. If the release is live, or has been live on Spotify before, you won’t be able to submit it to our editors.
Your unreleased music may not appear in Spotify Analytics until the day after it’s been delivered. You can reach out to your distributor for more information.
The option is not available for featured artists or compilations.
It’s only possible to submit one song per artist profile at a time (even if you have more than one scheduled release). If you’ve already submitted a song, you’ll need to wait until it goes live before you can submit again.
If you’ve checked all of the above and it’s still not working, try again using an incognito/private browsing window:
- Open your web browser.
- Open a private session. Most browsers will open a private session if you press Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+N (Mac). If that doesn’t work, or if you’re using mobile, you should find the option to open a new private/incognito session in your browser’s menu bar.
- Open Spotify Analytics in this private session.
If that doesn’t help, we’d recommend trying a different web browser.
For released music, our editors and algorithms can use listening data to make playlisting decisions, but for unreleased music, little or no data about it exists, which is why you can submit it.
The best way to get already released music on playlists is to encourage your fans to listen to your music on Spotify, add your music to their own playlists, and Follow you on Spotify. Editors and algorithms are constantly looking at this data to find music to add to playlists.
There’s no limit to how often you can submit songs and release music on Spotify, but each artist can only submit one unreleased song for playlist consideration at a time (even if you have more than one scheduled release).
Once a submitted song is released, you’re free to submit again - as long as the new submission is from a release that’s yet to go live.
Although you can submit right up to release date, to have your submission included on Release Radar you need to submit at least 7 days in advance. This also gives editors more time to discover and consider your music.
You can make changes or updates to your song submission right up to release day. Bear in mind, there’s no guarantee an editor will see your changes.
Note: if you change a song within 7 days of release the change will likely not be reflected on Release Radar playlists.
Yes. You can submit for any release that’s available to you under “Upcoming” tab, on your catalog page, whether you are a label, distributor or aggregator. If you’re unsure who should be submitting, please consult with your partners in the release.
We understand the need for control over release info, which is why you can set your submission as label-only.
When you set a submission to label-only, artists and their teams can see which song was submitted and by who, but can’t edit or view details such as how the song was described by the person who submitted, and the genre, mood, and culture tags they applied. This should only be used to hide sensitive release info, or to prevent it from being overridden.
To set a submission as label-only:
- Click the pencil next to Who can see my submission? (above SUBMIT).
- Select Label only.
It’s not possible to edit a label-only submission. If something needs to be changed, you need to delete the submission and then resubmit the song with new info.
To delete the submission:
- Go to the submitted release.
- Click View Submission Details.
- Click Delete.