5 Awesome Things To Listen To On Spotify That Isn’t Music

Nancy Messieh 16-04-2013

what to listen to on spotifySpotify is best known as a great online service for listening to all the online music your heart desires. If you’re opting for the free version of the service, the vast musical collection comes at the price of a few ads here and there. But if you’re opting for the paid version of the service, not only do you get an ad-free experience, you also get to take the music with you offline, by using Spotify’s mobile app and selecting which playlists you want to listen to offline.


A fact that might not be as well known as offline listening is that you can take advantage of that feature with more than just music – with Spotify being home to audiobooks, standup comedy and more.

Rather than drown out chatter on your commute with music, why not opt for an audiobook instead? While Spotify itself has yet to delve into the audiobook world, thanks to the public domain, there’s already a significant collection of classic novels, plays, poetry and more. And it doesn’t end there. Spotify also houses a significant collection of standup comedy, with some of the biggest names in the business.

And if you’re in the mood for something completely different – you can even listen to NASA recordings of the Apollo Missions and more.

Listen To Classic Literature

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There is no shortage of classic literature that’s in the public domain on Spotify. A quick search turns up a few of our favorite classics, and then some.  There are a few ways you can find them. The first is to simply think of classic books you’re interested in finding, and look them up. You can also use a great online service like the Gutenburg library to think of titles you want to look up.


Another great way to discover what’s available on Spotify is to use the related artists feature. When you look up any given book, click on the artist name (in other words – the person who is reading the audiobook) and you’ll find a bunch of related artists who have recorded audiobooks of their own.

To get you started, we’ve got a list of some of the most popular classic lit titles that are available on Spotify:

Aside from novels, you’ll also find a few interesting plays that are worth listening to, among them:

There are also some great lists compiled by other people including a William Shakespeare list.


Listen To Vintage Radio

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In addition to classic novels, you’ll also find an interesting collection of vintage radioshows (complete with their original ads) featuring the likes of Errol Flynn and more. One vintage radio playlist has almost 2,000 tracks on it with shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Sherlock Holmes and more.

Listen To Comedy

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In the mood for something a little less serious? Spotify’s standup comedy collection is impressive and will leave you in stitches. Search for your favourites, check out related artists, or even start a radio station using one stand up comedian for an endless playlist of hilarity. The caliber of standup comedians you’ll find on Spotify is impressive including:


Listen To NASA Missions

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And in the spirit of Monty Python, and now for something completely different. An absolute hidden gem on Spotify is some NASA recordings, among them, recordings from The Apollo Missions.

The recordings are a fascinating peak into a world we rarely get to see and with Spotify’s offline feature, you can take the NASA recordings with you everywhere you go.

Learn a Language

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If you’d like to brush up your language skills, Spotify can be a useful companion to lessons you’re taking elsewhere. With the app, Listen Language, you can find recordings that will help you learn English, Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Swahili, Hebrew, Arabic and much much more.

Can you think of other interesting things to listen to on Spotify that aren’t music? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Aurelia
    October 13, 2016 at 3:07 am

    White noise for concentration.

  2. maugosiab
    April 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Hello! Do you now if Listen Language is still SOMEHOW available? E.g. there was Musixmatch app on Spotify and it is still available like an independent app. I'd love to have Listen Language again...

  3. MmmmFooFoo
    January 21, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Hypnosis. Anna Thompson is a good one on there.

  4. Andy
    April 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Wow this is cool, I'm using Torch Music to listen to my music, I wonder if I can do this there as well...

  5. EL
    April 16, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    No, they ISN'T music...

  6. Doc
    April 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    "5 Awesome Things ... That Isn’t Music" That *Aren't* ROFL! #corrections

    • Peter
      April 21, 2016 at 3:55 am

      it's actually corrent #learnenglish

      • Anonymous
        April 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm

        Umm, the subject of the sentence is "things," so the verb must agree. On the other hand, what is "corrent"? #learnedenglish #bookeditor #professionalproofreader

        • Pete
          April 27, 2016 at 5:56 pm

          i meant correct, it's actually a mistake

  7. macwitty
    April 16, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Listening to poetry. I have I couple of list I listen to depending on what mood I'm in.

  8. btocher
    April 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

    These things certainly "isn't" music.

  9. Tug R
    April 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

    They even have Mitch Hedberg, my favorite comedian of all time. Thanks for helping me be even more distracted than I already am. :]

  10. Chris Marcoe
    April 16, 2013 at 2:04 am

    WOW. This is incredible. I never knew you could get this through Spotify. Though, I knew you could get it from other places.

  11. Glenn
    April 16, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Good choices--all... *aren't* they.