Myths About Spotify Collaborative Playlists

There are many different types of playlists on Spotify, one of which is called a collaborative playlist. Like the term suggests, these playlists are so designated because they are owned/controlled by more than one person; therefore, these people are assumed to be working with each other or collaborating. Moreover, there is a persistent blief that such collaborative playlists are the “holy grail” for an artist with songs on Spotify. Sadly, this is not true, and in this brief article, we’ll explain why.

Collaborative Playlists are Not Necessarily Open

The first thing you need to understand is that collaborative playlists are not universally accessible to everyone. Many people (artists) on Spotify have the perception that a collaborative playlist allows anyone to add their song to the playlist. This is simply wrong. Most collaborative playlists are set up to allow two or more people to collaborate (work together) in assembling a playlist, but most such playlists are set up with specific collaborators in mind. Unless you are one of those collaborators, there is no way for you to add your songs to this playlist, and there is no way for you to get invited to become a collaborator. Most collaborative playlists are by invitation only.

Although there are collaborative playlists that are open to anyone, there is no easy way to find them. If you search within your Spotify account using the word “collaborative” and then look under playlists, you’ll get many returns – but if you try to add your song, you’ll discover this isn’t possible in the vast majority of cases. The reason? Because what your search has returned are invitation-only collaborative playlists.

Truly Open Collaborative Playlists are of Little Value

If you do happen to find a completely open collaborative playlist, it is likely that a few thousand other people have also found it, and this leads to the next point. Spotify’s best practices suggest 50-70 songs on a playlist. However, most of the open collaborative playlists have THOUSANDS of songs. Consequently, if your song is one of thousands, it is unlikely you will get many plays or streams from such a playlist.

Playlist MatchMaker Can Help

Playlist MatchMaker, that allows you to search for playlists by genre. Their search tool was developed using Spotify’s API, so that means the search results you get will come directly from Spotify’s database. Though “collaborative” isn’t a genre, if you search using that term, you’ll find a bunch of playlists in the search results that are returned. I’d suggest you do this just to satisfy your curiosity and to verify for yourself what we have described herein. The search results are returned in a tabular format, so they are much easier to view at a glance and see the relevant data, like the genre, the number of followers, the number of tracks, etc. Alternatively, a search in your Spotify account means you must open each playlist, one at a time, to see the relevant information.

In conclusion, collaborative playlists are not a fast track to exposure, as many have imagined. Artists will likely do a whole lot better finding regular playlists that match their genre of music, and then reaching out to the playlist owners to request that they give their songs a listen. Playlist MatchMaker can help you do this by locating relevant playlists using our unique playlist search tool.

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