Do you have trouble discovering new music to enjoy? Even in this age of music streaming where we have millions of songs within a few clicks, it’s easy to fall into a rut of listening to the same old music time and time again.
While you might think you need to visit websites to discover new music, that’s not always the case. In fact, Spotify has several built-in ways of helping you find new music that require little or no effort on your part. Here are five ways to make Spotify generate some new tunes for you.
1. Instantly Create Similar Playlists
One little Spotify tip that’s not too well-known is hiding right in your playlists sidebar. Right-click on any playlist, and you’ll see several options that you probably already know about. These include making a playlist public so others can enjoy it, downloading for offline listening, and sharing it.
But do you see the Create similar playlist option? This is a handy tool that instantly generates a playlist of similar but different tracks for you. Try creating a playlist full of a new genres that you want to explore, then use this option to find more artists who perform that type of music. If your favorite playlist is getting a bit stale, try generating a fresh one.
This feature is great because it uses the awesome playlists you’ve already created as a base for recommending new music. It doesn’t affect your existing playlist, and you can even create a similar playlist from a similar playlist for a bit of playlist-ception.
2. Add Recommended Tracks to Playlists
Have you created a sweet playlist but don’t have enough tracks to fill it out? Spotify can help.
Create a new playlist by clicking New Playlist on the left side of the screen, above the Now Playing album art section. Give it a name, along with a description and custom cover art if you like, and start adding tracks to it by dragging and dropping.
Once you have a few tracks in a playlist, click on it in the left sidebar. Scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see Recommended Songs. Click the dropdown arrow next to this if you don’t see new tracks below it. You can play these to preview them, then press Add to send them up into your playlist if you like them. Hit the Refresh button to get a different selection.
This feature lets you easily expand a playlist even if you can’t think of the right music to complete it. It helps you build better playlists and you might even discover a new favorite!
3. Let Autoplay Keep the Music Rolling
Another feature that Spotify quietly rolled out is Autoplay. This lets you keep the party going when your current song, album, or playlist ends. With Autoplay, Spotify will continue playing music similar to what you were just listening to. It essentially starts a Radio station based on your previous listening session automatically, and it doesn’t stop until you tell it to play something else.
To make sure you have this feature turned on, head to Edit > Preferences on the desktop version of Spotify. Scroll down to Autoplay and make sure Autoplay similar songs when your music ends is turned on.
On mobile, tap the Your Library tab and then touch the gear in the upper-right corner. Find Autoplay in the first group of settings and confirm its slider is on.
Make sure Repeat is off, then let an album or playlist run to the end. Spotify will play more music similar to the songs you have just heard. You can even give each song a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to influence what Spotify plays.
4. See What Your Friends Are Listening To
Although you can easily turn off the sharing features, at its heart Spotify is a social music service. It lets you share playlists with the world and embed music pretty much anywhere. But don’t forget about the Friend activity panel hidden on the right side of Spotify’s window.
You may have hidden this a long time ago, so just go to View > Right sidebar to show it again. This displays what your friends (if you have logged into Spotify with Facebook) or followed users (even without Facebook) are listening to. Click Find Friends at the bottom of this window to follow more people.
While you probably don’t have identical tastes in music to your friends, just seeing what they like can lead to new discoveries. Pay special attention to the bottom field of each friend’s entry — this shows what album or playlist their current track comes from. You can hop onto these playlists and have a listen yourself.
5. The Discover Tab
When all else fails, Spotify has an entire tab called Discover that’s devoted to helping you find new music. To access it, click the Browse entry on the left sidebar, then find Discover along the top row.
In the Discover section, you’ll find the excellent Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlists. Updated automatically every week (on Monday and Friday respectively), these bring you fresh music and new releases that you should enjoy. Save any that you like, because they’ll disappear when next week’s update arrives.
Below this, you’ll see all kinds of recommendations for new music you’ll love. These include new releases by bands you’ve shown an interest in, albums you’ll like based on bands you listen to often, and more. Spotify is excellent at learning what you like, so if you’ve used it for a while, these recommendations should be eerily accurate.
New Music Awaits
Now you have five more solid ways to discover new music on Spotify without ever leaving the app. Whether you append your playlists with fresh music, discover a new favorite by accident with Autoplay, or get inspiration from your friends, you won’t have to look far for new tunes.
Looking to expand your use of Spotify? Check out the Spotify app integrations you should set up.
How do you discover new music with Spotify? What’s your most recent new musical find? Do you tend to listen to the same songs on repeat? Or are you always looking to expand your horizons? Please let us know in the comments below to help other readers discover new music!