This story has been updated. It was originally published on July 2, 2019.
With more than 82 million songs accessible at the touch of a button, Spotify gives you access to more music than you could listen to in your lifetime – a rather discouraging catalog when all you want to do is choose a playlist for summer driving or an evening break.
But if you don’t want to create your own playlists manually, you don’t have to. Whether you’re a free or premium user, Spotify offers a wide selection of playlists automatically generated from what you’ve listened to in the past and who your favorite artists are.
Discover Weekly is a collection of tunes you’ve probably never heard before, but Spotify thinks you’ll like it based on what you’ve listened to before and what people with your listening habits like.
IN the playlist is updated every Mondayso if you want to save songs, don’t forget to move them to another playlist or add them to your library before it happens – click or press the button three points to each song to do it.
Spotify says that liking songs, adding them to your personal playlists and following specific artists are good ways to influence what appears in Discover Weekly. You can also click such as (heart icon) or I do not like (minus icon) while the songs are playing, further refining the algorithm.
Daily mixes and Spotify mixes
In 2021, the music streaming service added Spotify mixes to complement their popular everyday mixes. While Discover Weekly is designed to introduce you to new artists, his songs mostly summarize the music you’ve listened to the most in the past – as if they were collections of the biggest hits. New songs may appear from time to time, but they will be few.
With Daily Mixes, such artists are grouped together. If you listen to a lot of heavy rock as well as a lot of rap music, these genres will appear as separate mixes. See the musicians listed in each mix to decide who you want to listen to. Spotify’s relatively new mixes are a little more sophisticated, focusing on artists, genres, decades and even moods. You can find all of them in the Made For You center.
The number of mixes you see will depend how diverse your musical tastes are. As with Discover Weekly, they need to become better tailored to your tastes over time as Spotify begins to recognize the songs, albums and artists you really like.
Turn on the radar
What’s new in the world of music? And which new cuts will you be most interested in? The Release Radar playlist can tell you. Yes, it’s similar to Discover Weekly, but it’s only recently released.
Release Radar is refreshed every Friday. As with Discover Weekly, you’ll need to save songs to your library or other playlist to keep them from disappearing into the sea of Spotify songs.
As with the other playlists here, the more you use Spotify, the better the recommendations should be. Use again such as (heart icon) and I do not like (minus icon) to tell the music streaming service about the songs you make and disapprove.
Spotify doesn’t provide much information about Time Capsule, except that it says it’s a personalized journey of nostalgia – a look back at the music you loved a few years ago. The service describes it as ringtones from “your teenage yearsSo it’s probably available for older teens and adults.
This playlist is a mix of songs you’ve had a lot of spinning over the years, plus similar tunes from the same type of artists and released at about the same time (“iconic return songs,” according to Spotify). The playlist ends in two hours.
However, this seems to be a one-time deal. Unlike the playlists we described above, Time Capsule doesn’t refresh with more songs you heard while you were in high school, although Spotify may choose to review this in the future.
Spotify has a huge number of playlists that you can use, curated by both Spotify itself and Spotify users. Enter what you are looking for in search boxthen look under Playlists you go to see what you can find.
Your search may be based on genre, artist, or just the way you feel (try “morning motivation,” for example). With so much music and so many Spotify users, all but the most specific searches will yield decent results.
From “Icelandic chill” to “revised music”, your possibilities are wide open. You can search for hits from movies, underrated gems, music from a certain year or decade, melodies from a certain place and much more.
Play your own mixes
If you come across an artist, album, song or playlist that you really like, you can generate an endless radio station from it. For starters, you get the song you chose to launch the station – or something from your chosen album, artist or playlist – plus a bunch of recommended music selected by Spotify’s algorithms.
Search three points next to each artist, album, song or playlist – if you click or click on them and then select the radio option, your endless mix begins. As always, you can help Spotify understand your tastes by choosing such as (heart icon) or I do not like (minus icon) while playing songs.
The radio feature will show some songs you’ve heard before, some you haven’t, and that’s it is updated periodically to stay fresh – so you don’t always get the same radio choices when you start your station with The Strokes or The Cure, for example.