playlist theme and name ideas

Crafting a great Spotify playlist name and theme is key to attracting followers...

But creating a name and theme for your Spotify playlist can be a little daunting, which is why I created this list of 23+ Spotify playlist theme and name ideas.

  1. Emotions & Moods
  2. Subgenres
  3. Hobbies/Activities
  4. Society & The World
  5. Geography & Cultures
  6. Specific Situations
  7. Events & Concerts
  8. Decades & Time Periods
  9. Holidays & Important Dates
  10. Pop Culture
  11. Instruments & Sound Design
  12. Connections & Common Threads
  13. Record Labels
  14. Social groups
  15. Famous Brands
  16. People & Pets
  17. Life Events & Milestones
  18. Best of…
  19. Tempo & BPM
  20. Artist Popularity
  21. Weather & Seasons

Before diving into the 23 different playlist ideas, if you are a music artist looking to get your music onto more Spotify playlists...

Then grab my free guide below.

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1. Emotions & Moods

Many popular playlists on Spotify are built around a particular emotion mood. After all, what is music but a language that communicates in emotions.

Here are some emotion ideas:

  • Joy
  • Hope
  • Lonliness
  • Calm
  • Celebration
  • Passion
  • Nostalgia
  • Wanderlust
  • Love lost
  • Invincible
  • Fear
  • Innocence
  • Reget
  • Adversity
  • Solitude
  • Cheerful
  • Fonfident
  • Grim
  • Indignant
  • Desolate
  • Heavy
  • Sorrow
  • Betrayed
  • Peace
  • Creative

2. Subgenres

If you try and build a playlist around a popular genre, you're likely setting yourself up for disappointment. The market is just too saturated with playlists around large, popular genres.

Instead, if you are going to make a playlist around a genre, niche down and make it around a subgenre...

Or a subgenre of a subgenre (a micro genre). 

  • Folktronica
  • Vaporwave
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  • Cloud rap
  • Simpsonwave
  • Hypnagogic Pop
  • Shoegaze
  • Dream Pop
  • Shimmer Pop
  • Chiptune

3. Hobbies & Activities 

There are tons of hobbies and activities out there that are even better paired with the appropriate music. 

  • Reading
  • Coding
  • Writing
  • Video Games
  • Fly Fishing
  • Gardening

4. Society & The World

You can also make playlists related to anything having to do with living in a society.

  • Change
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Fitting in
  • Simplicity

5. Geography & Cultures

You can make playlists centered around a particular culture, or physical location. 

  • Artists & songs from the same country
  • Artists & songs from the same city
  • Artists & songs from the same state
  • Artists & songs from a particular culture (Latin, Native American, etc.)

6. Specific Situations

This category is similar to the emotions category, but now we are diving deeper and getting very specific

  • Working out
  • Music for stretching
  • Music for studying
  • Music for the birds
  • Clean music for school
  • Music for meditation
  • Exploring abandoned buildings
  • Exploring the woods

7. Events & Concerts

Create a playlist made up of artists playing at a specific event or concert.

  • Top Songs from Coachella 2022
  • Owl City's complete set list from Columbus, OH 2012
  • The Grammies 2022

8. Decades & Time Periods

Create a playlist made up of artists or songs from a particular decade, or music that sounds like it could be from a different time period.

  • 70s Rock
  • 80s inspired pop
  • Medieval Ages

9. Holidays & Important Dates

Lot's of holidays and dates have songs made about them, create a playlist with these songs. 

  • Christmas
  • United States Independence Day
  • Halloween
  • International Donut Day
  • (Just don't make one about Tax Day, as no one will follow that)

10. Pop Culture

Music that is inspired by video games, memes, TV, movies, celebrities, etc.

  • Star wars Lofi
  • Songs from The Office
  • Songs that cause Emotional Damage
  • Music for playing Skyrim to

11. Instruments & Sound Design

Create a playlist that includes songs that all have similar instrumentation, or a similar musical trait. 

  • Best synthwave guitar solos
  • Acapella pop songs
  • Songs with a hurdy gurdy

12. Connections & Common Threads

This is a pretty broad category. Basically you can group together songs that have anything in common.

  • Songs about a certain subject
  • Songs a particular artist is featured in, but isn't the main artist
  • Covers of songs from a particular TV show or movie

13. Record Labels

Artists from the same record label often have a similar sound, and you can group them into a playlist.

  • Songs from FiXT Music
  • Songs from NewRetroWave
  • Songs from Lazerdiscs Records

14. Social Groups

There are also various social groups that can identify with certain songs, and you can group these into a playlist. 

  • Music for geeks and nerds
  • Music for Homeschoolers
  • Novel writers

15. Famous Brands

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  • Apple Commercial Songs
  • PlayStation soundtracks
  • Songs about McDonalds

17. People & Pets

You can also always create playlists around certain people, or pets. After all, people today treat their pets like they are their children. 

  • Calming music for cats
  • Lofi for cats
  • Excite your dog

18. Life Events & Milestones

Life events and milestones also make great topics for playlists. 

  • Growing Up
  • Birthday
  • Life and death
  • Anniversary
  • Labor & Delivery

19. Best Of...

Creating a "best of" list is another great playlist idea.

  • Best of [insert genre here]
  • Best of [insert artist here]
  • Best of [insert time period here]

20. Tempo & BPM

Creating a playlist where all of the songs are in the same BPM range is also very popular, as they go great with specific activities, like working out. 

  • Running 180 BPM
  • Workout 120 BPM
  • 60-80 BPM

21. Artist Popularity

You can organize a playlist based on how popular the artists are in your playlist as well.

  • Most popular artists of [insert genre]
  • Underground artists of [insert genre]

22. Weather & Seasons

You also can have playlists that are created around certain seasons of the year, or weather.  

  • Summer vibes
  • Acoustic Spring
  • Rainy days

Playlist Theme Generator

If your brain is hurting from all the possibilities, and you'd like some A.I. help, then try out one of the playlist theme generators below:

Words To Use In Your Playlist Name

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How To Create Your Spotify Playlist Description

A good Spotify playlist description will not only make it clear what kind of music is on the playlist, but it will also give the playlist the best chances of being discovered in search. 

With this in mind, it's a good idea to briefly describe the genres and moods of music in your playlist, as well as list some of the more popular artists that are included in your playlist. 

This way, when people search on those genres, moods, and artists, your playlist will display in the search results for all of those queries.

How To Make Money From Spotify Playlists

If you want to make money from your Spotify playlists, there are really only two ways to do this. 

  1. 1
    Get paid for reviewing song submissions (via a tool like SubmitHub)
  2. 2
    Become an artist yourself, and add your music to the playlist to earn streaming royalties

Some will say that you can get paid directly from artists in order to place their songs on your playlist, but this is strictly forbidden by Spotify, and can get you banned from the platform. 

Additionally, some will say that you can sell your playlist to someone else. I'm not a legal expert, but if my understanding is correct, this is also against Spotify's rules, which you can read in their user agreement here.

So if you are not an artist, then the only way to make money from your Spotify playlist is to sign up for a platform like SubmitHub. 

Once you've signed up, you'll get paid to REVIEW song submissions, which you can then decide if you want to add them to your playlist or not.

This does not violate Spotify's rules because you aren't getting paid to add songs to your playlist. You're just getting paid to listen to songs.

Next Steps For Making An Income From Spotify

If you're a music artist looking to increase your streams and income from Spotify, then the best way to do this is to get your music on to more Spotify playlists. 

By doing this, you can actually trigger the algorithm so that Spotify starts to promote your music for you.

Grab my free Spotify Playlist Placement guide below, and it will walk you though a proven, step-by-step system for landing more playlist placements for your music. 

Get Your Songs On Spotify Playlists

Click below to download my free guide covering a simple formula you can follow to get your songs on Spotify playlists and explode your streams without spending a dime! 

For additional strategies for growing your Spotify streams...

Check out my article here on 22 tips for growing your Spotify streams.

If you're looking to grow your Spotify followers...

Then check out my article here on how to grow your Spotify followers.

Finally, if you really want to explode your streams overnight, then there are few better ways than getting your music on a Spotify editorial playlist.

Read my article her for how to actually get your music onto an editorial playlist.

My Favorite Tools & Resources For Growing A Fanbase Online

DistroKid - Best Digital Distributor For Musicians

I've tried out and explored a several different music distributors, but haven't found any as good as DistroKid. DistroKid is designed to help indie artists succeed with its' affordable pricing plans that allow you to upload unlimited music to streaming platforms and digital stores. 

ConvertKit - Best Email Marketing Tool For Musicians

Better than social media followers or even Spotify followers are email list subscribers. Email list subscribers are an audience of fans that you own and control (social media platforms can't take them away from you). Plus, these are fans that are engaged, and far more likely to buy from you, or join your membership. You will need an email autoresponder tool to get started with email marketing, and ConvertKit is the best one I've found for musicians.
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One of the best ways to monetize your fanbase is to offer them merch, but it can be expensive to buy a bunch of merch items in bulk that you're not even sure will sell. The solution is print-on-demand or what is otherwise known as "dropshipping". All you do is list merch items on your site that you design through Printful, and then Printful will handle the creation and shipping of your products. It's that simple! I've been using Printful for years, and love them.
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Podia - Best All-In-One Membership Platform

Another fantastic, and often overlooked, method for monetizing your fanbase is to offer courses to your fans. You could teach on how to play a specific instrument, how to write lyrics, or anything related to music or other skills you've developed. Podia is a course platform that will allow you to host your courses and receive payments. 

Not only that, but Podia also has email marketing built in, and can even allow you create your own membership (like Patreon) to collect on-going payments from your fans. 

Another awesome perk of Podia is that it allow you to charge for live online events, so if you wanted to host a virtual concert or listening party, you can use Podia to collect payments from your fans and grant them access to your live event.  

Reagan Ramm

Hi! I'm Reagan, and I've been writing, recording, and mixing music since 2011, and got a degree in audio engineering in 2019 from Unity Gain Recording Institute. I also work full-time in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and am striving to help fellow musicians and producers improve their art and make a living doing the work they love.

- Reagan Ramm


Career, Marketing, Spotify

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