Whether listening to your refreshed Discover Weekly playlist is part of your Monday morning routine, or you have dozens and dozens of highly curated playlists organized by mood, or you’re just looking for the best music of 2019, even the most ardent Spotify users may not be getting the most they can out of the ever-growing and -changing streaming service.
Which is too bad, especially for music lovers who may not realize what they’re missing. You may already be well aware that there’s a handful of Netflix hacks to elevate your binge-watching experience, so why not bring that superior streaming game over to music, too? Here’s a primer on achieving expert-level Spotify user status.
Hear new music as soon as it’s released
If you’re eager to expose your ears to all of the buzziest new songs ASAP, you should check out the New Music Friday playlist first thing Friday morning to help get that TGIF feeling going. Since most major singles and albums drop Friday these days, Spotify rounds up 99 songs they deem as must-hears to add to the playlist, which you can find by clicking Browse on the sidebar and going to New Releases. New Music Friday features tracks from artists across all genres, so expect to listen to what might become the next big hit or a single from an indie favorite.
If you’re more inclined to stick to your own personal tastes, though, you should lend your ears to your Release Radar playlist. Like New Music Friday, it’s also updated at the end of the week and features new or recent tunes, but these ones are personalized based on the artists you already listen to. You can find Release Radar nestled up next to New Music Friday in the New Releases tab.
Listen to a different personalized playlist daily
If you’re a fan of your Discover Weekly playlist, you’ll also want to scope out the playlists in the Your Daily Mix section (accessible on the Home page under Made for You). If you haven’t found it already, it boasts six literally never-ending and constantly shuffling playlists, each packed with a particular genre or style of music you frequently listen to. You’ll find songs you’re already familiar with or deep cuts from artists whose discographies you’ve dipped into, plus new finds based on the vibe of the mix. The longer you listen, the more songs get added, and the more tracks you’ll discover.
Blow your mind with behind-the-lyrics details
If you’re stumbling over any of Kendrick Lamar’s latest verses and want to read along as you’re listening, Spotify’s partnership with the annotation site Genius can be a big help. While listening on the mobile app, select tracks allow you to swipe down on the album artwork to reveal an annotated version of the lyrics, providing Pop-Up Video-style context for certain lines and references and giving you a better general understanding of the song.
Stay up-to-date on your favorite artists
You may follow your favorite artists on Instagram to see what it’s like behind the scenes on tour, or read their jokes on Twitter, but you should consider hitting the Follow button on an artist’s Spotify page, too. That way, you’ll be notified when a new release hits the app. Not only will you get an email rounding up new releases from your favorites at the end of the week, you’ll get a pop-up once you open the app to make sure you head over to their artist’s page to stream their latest drop. Following an artist is also a helpful way to stay in the know when new tour dates are announced or an artist is coming to your city, and that fan privilege often pays off: You could get emailed a pre-sale code for early tickets, too.
Filter search by year (to keep out the crap)
Face it: Artists and bands with long careers are bound to have boon and bust years when it comes to the quality of their work. To get straight to the good stuff, you can easily set search parameters to include results from albums released during a certain timespan or particular year. For instance, if you only want to hear Springsteen’s releases from ’83 to ’85, search using this format in the query window: artist:”Bruce Springsteen” year:”1983-1985.” There are actually a ton of advanced search options to find what you’re looking for, including by releases from specific record labels. You can see them all right here.
Switch to a Private Session to secretly rock out to guilty pleasures
Don’t care to let the people who follow you know that you’ve been rocking out to Chumbawamba for the better part of a day? Enable the Private Session mode (via the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner) to listen without the fear of judgment.
Block artists you just can’t get into
Sometimes there are artists you just can’t stand or don’t care to get into; maybe their sound isn’t your jam, or maybe you have a personal vendetta against a certain pop star for some reason. Like the Twitter and Instagram mute features before it, Spotify also made a “block” button to prevent the possibility of the app ruining your day by queueing up a triggering hit from that singer who shall not be named. They started rolling out the feature on select users’ iOS mobile and tablet devices in early 2019, although it still has yet to hit Android. But if you are one of those lucky, picky users, you can go to the artist page of whoever it is that irks you, hit the three dots in the upper right hand corner, and select “Don’t play this artist,” then they’ll be banned from any charts, playlists, or radio stations you may peruse.
Similarly, you can hide suggestions on your Release Radar, Discovery Weekly, and Daily Mix playlists to give the algorithm a better idea of what’s in line with your taste, or who is or isn’t on your good side. Maybe you just had to check out the latest Taylor Swift single causing controversy, and now she’s infiltrated your Release Radar when you’d rather she not — you can make a “hide” button visible by highlighting the song, allowing you to click either “I don’t like this song” or “I don’t like [this artist].” That way, Spotify will quit suggesting them. See ya never, Taylor……..Read More>>