Best Spotify playlists

Spotify isn’t just the biggest name in music streaming — it’s got the playlists to back it up. With up to 248 million monthly listeners, of which 113 million are premium subscribers, there’s no close second worldwide. Its two-tiered structure consisting of a free and premium service has been widely successful. Spotify’s library is constantly growing. It adds 40,000 songs per day and claims to possess over 50 million tracks and 700,000 podcast shows.

One other thing — Spotify has over 3 billion playlists that you can choose from. 

Not only do playlists outnumber subscribers, but also songs and playlists combined. About 99% of those playlists are user-created, and anyone with an account on Spotify can get in on the fun. There are also exclusive playlists generated by Spotify and curated specifically to fit your musical taste. These come in the form of Discover Weekly, Daily Mix and Release Radar compilations, which constantly change and transform based on your listening habits and interactions with songs. 

What was the most popular genre and who was the artist with the most clicks? In 2019, Hip-hop outdid all other genres on Spotify with Post Malone taking the top spot with over 6.5 billion streams. 

Why you should listen to playlists 

Spotify uses playlists for two primary purposes — first, they package collections of music Spotify knows you’ll like; and second, playlists are used as music discovery tools. For example, Daily Mix is presented as six different playlists with tracks Spotify knows you’ll like. The service’s algorithm adds tunes it thinks you’ll enjoy. 

Spotify also curates the most recent releases from popular artists weekly with its New Music Friday playlist. Similar to Discover Weekly, Release Radar unveils new tracks from your favorite and most clicked artists every Friday. 

How to download a playlist

Downloading curated compilations is as simple as selecting a playlist and clicking the ellipses button beside the Play button. A dropdown menu will appear, select Download.

Top Spotify playlists by genre 

Spotify’s enormous collection of playlists can seem daunting. Below we break down some of the top selections and tell you why you should give them a try. 

RapCaviar

  • 54 songs, 2 hours and 44 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • Many competitors have tried to duplicate Spotify’s leading Hip-hop playlist — it has more than 12 million followers. About five songs are cycled into the playlist weekly, giving it a fresh feel. Older tracks are regularly funneled out. The playlist was created by Spotify’s Tuma Basa who ran it until 2018. It also plays exclusive short videos and quick interviews. 

Hot Country

  • 52 songs, 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • Hot Country is full of all your favorite pop-country hits, featuring artists from Billboard’s Top 40 Country Airplay chart. Spotify also sponsors the Hot Country Live concert series that showcases popular performers and upcoming talent. The playlist includes tracks like Heartless featuring Morgan Wallen, Sam Hunt’s Sinning With You and Blake Shelton’s duet with Gwen Stefani Nobody But You

¡ Viva Latino! 

  • 50 songs, 2 hours and 7 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify 
  • Featuring popular Spanish-language songs, this playlist is also known for introducing performers who’ve gone on to appear in the Global Top 100. With over 10 million followers, this is the fourth playlist Spotify sponsored on the road as a concert series. Latin music fans have taken to the playlist so much that Spotify has achieved an average of 33% growth in streams over the past two years. 

Pop Punk Powerhouses

  • 50 songs, 2 hours and 46 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • With tracks from blink-182, Jimmy Eat World and Panic! At the Disco, you’ll get a healthy buffet of pop-punk flavors. This collection embodies the golden age of pop-punk with nostalgic songs like Cute Without the “E” (Cut From the Team), crushcrushcrush and Ocean Avenue

Happy Days 

  • 50 songs, 2 hours and 18 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • This playlist contains hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Classic musicians like Buddy Holly, Otis Redding and Joni Mitchell frequent this curated catalog. Happy Days does a good job of evenly padding its list with tracks from all three decades. 

Are & Be

  • 43 songs, 2 hours and 15 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • With R&B from the likes of Alicia Keyes and The Weeknd, Are & Be is a honed down list with some of the best tracks in the genre. The playlist has a sizable base — over 5 million followers. Older songs are shuffled out for fresh ones on a weekly basis. Artists on this list include BROCKHAMPTON, Panda Bear and Kanye West.

Pollen 

  • 132 songs, 6 hours and 40 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • This playlist doesn’t claim any particular genre, instead it blends some of the finest Hip-hop and R&B on the planet to deliver an intoxicating medley of sound.

 Mellow Bars

  • 100 songs, 5 hours and 12 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • Mellow Bars is a regularly updated list of tracks focusing on low-key, chill Hip-hop. It’s kept up-to-date and includes tracks designed to-vibe-out to. Selections from artists like Mac Miller and Mick Jenkins make up this weekly updated list. 

Anti Pop

  • 125 songs, 6 hours and 20 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • The playlist’s title is pretty self-explanatory. The collection focuses on music with impressive lyrics that have something to say along with a catchy melody to back it up. It has new talent as well as also proven greats like Tyler, The Creator and Joji. 

Lush Lofi

  • 121 songs, 6 hours and 30 minutes
  • Curated by: Spotify
  • Also known as Chill-hop, music that appears on this playlist is a lullaby of Hip-hop infused tones and instrumentals with the occasional sample from a recognizable sound byte. Many turn to this playlist for its atmospheric serenity when studying or reading. Songs range from one to three minutes, with many falling somewhere in between, hence the high number of tracks. 

The takeaway

Spotify has a playlist for everyone. Whether you’re into Punk Rock, Hip-hop, Country, Folk or something completely obscure, you’ll be able to plug into the infinite genres out there. You can explore the service’s playlists by navigating to the Browse tab and selecting what type of genre or sound you’re in the mood for. 

Feel free to add to the billions of playlists on Spotify with a spacious 10,000 song limit per list. The service’s growing collection of playlists will keep you happy with mixes of your favorite songs while introducing tunes you’ve never heard before.

Zack Kulm

Zack Kulm is a writer and contributor of soda.com. He covers a variety of topics from entertainment and gaming technologies to pop culture commentary. Kulm received a degree in English from Penn State University and Film Studies from Pittsburgh Filmmakers Institute. He also produces award-winning documentaries.