The Most Popular Playlists on Spotify

Spotify is incredible.  I can use their service across a wide variety of platforms and I couldn’t be happier to be a Spotify Premium member.  That said, I am slightly disappointed I can’t quickly discover popular playlists (where some of the thinking about the underlying group of music is done for me).  There are a few services that purport to be mechanisms to see popular playlists, but these services are doing little in the way of actually telling me which playlists are really the most popular.  They basically know a certain set of playlists and keep track of those playlist.  So, I went ahead and wrote a tool that can do this.

Top 50 Spotify Playlists

Username# of SubscribersPlaylist NameSpotify URI
daniel858609now listening to...spotify:user:daniel:playlist:5P34i7TzSLXrVPkrIN2FRC
billboard.com709313Billboard Hot 100spotify:user:billboard.com:playlist:6UeSakyzhiEt4NB3UAd6NQ
snoopdogg642023Black N Yellowspotify:user:snoopdogg:playlist:7vvsdLreKDvypUhXnfSfN9
napstersean595132Hipster Internationalspotify:user:napstersean:playlist:3vxotOnOGDlZXyzJPLFnm2
119641708480660Axwell's Party Playlistspotify:user:119641708:playlist:1tl4L77FJju5zp9bJC83u8
myplay.com398548TOP OF THE CHARTS PLAYLISTspotify:user:myplay.com:playlist:4ANVDtJVtVMVc2Nk79VU1M
spotify376004Top 100 tracks currently on Spotifyspotify:user:spotify:playlist:4hOKQuZbraPDIfaGbM3lKI
myplay.com304569'90s SMASH HITS!spotify:user:myplay.com:playlist:3C64V048fGyQfCjmu9TIGA
sonymusicentertainment232696Dancefloor Hitsspotify:user:sonymusicentertainment:playlist:7rlCwXBPo431YiHj1xWLnP
rsedit214987RS Playlistspotify:user:rsedit:playlist:1jiWNIRgT9whCQZMGDzsZU
topsify209727Topsify - UK TOP 40spotify:user:topsify:playlist:1QM1qz09ZzsAPiXphF1l4S
topsify201860Topsify - US TOP 40spotify:user:topsify:playlist:5iwkYfnHAGMEFLiHFFGnP4
kellyrowland190779Summer Sexy Playlistspotify:user:kellyrowland:playlist:57WzEnmyUBjG2ZeI6VQkkX
ulyssestone1892621000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (Tom Moon): Album Indexspotify:user:ulyssestone:playlist:4KQDdglJ7HGcqNozbJTlM3
efeghali182247While You Work (@whileyouwork)spotify:user:efeghali:playlist:6bUIofrj5PWNIeb67DbUqf
hoxsd162348UK #1 Songs 1958 to Presentspotify:user:hoxsd:playlist:0Z7jXtAId643ujM1UPshct
hoxsd149528Grammy Awards Record of the Year 1958 - Presentspotify:user:hoxsd:playlist:04rioxDX1833OxhrWlUh3f
hoxsd136701Every Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inducteespotify:user:hoxsd:playlist:3vgOXr17cntbz84tRfsrOQ
jhsizemore131566Beach Tripspotify:user:jhsizemore:playlist:4u4WSPyfvZ4RrpWWnmjIYY
digster.se128577Digster HITSspotify:user:digster.se:playlist:7LRqIcQTHUL4TBedADnYy2
vampen128556Party Anthem 2013spotify:user:vampen:playlist:4CPpCXET5w8JXONUKIQVkT
hoxsd119003Hipster Soulspotify:user:hoxsd:playlist:6zdHq5YuwdwMAr79cqEUJo
aplusk118196work outspotify:user:aplusk:playlist:6QzI40kupx9MVxhGOML13Z
digster.se117474Digster DANCEFLOORspotify:user:digster.se:playlist:3VJKmOm5peMj3gKKJ0w3qy
sonymusicentertainment103551RNB PARTY 2012spotify:user:sonymusicentertainment:playlist:5WNUX6jisX0NRlVDTm6RDd
125214440101074Kanye West Samplesspotify:user:125214440:playlist:6sjcAKwplYdvNVmXuVWqYK
ml_sheppard98344BBC Radio 1 Playlist 18/04/12spotify:user:ml_sheppard:playlist:6jqpWW5koS4ROQjPq1XqPo
britneyspears93358Britney's Back To The 80'sspotify:user:britneyspears:playlist:6gDqhVd2qySRUQVWnyJRkh
mariahcarey92783Leisure Time Faves (mommy & daddy watch out, \"earmuffs\" required)"spotify:user:mariahcarey:playlist:4gG136mtYdKBdAOFDgocpm
sonymusic88590Dancefloor Hits 2013spotify:user:sonymusic:playlist:1BVPSd4dynzdlIWehjvkPj
playlists.germany85097CLUB SOUNDS Dancefloor Hitsspotify:user:playlists.germany:playlist:65et3F26s5x8IxkGxtSsBd
el_list%c3%b3n84828JUST DANCEspotify:user:el_list%c3%b3n:playlist:4r9Xuk7mgZeVMzSZEqJCOK
m_shinoda84793Stuff I Grew Up Onspotify:user:m_shinoda:playlist:5elYN5xt9PC5XiJoD60wJW
myplay.com83633Country's Best of 2012spotify:user:myplay.com:playlist:7FDyC1JdV3jkGzAE9BONKt
myplay.com83129'80s SMASH HITS!spotify:user:myplay.com:playlist:19PgP2QSGPcm6Ve8VhbtpG
kieron80044Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs Of All Timespotify:user:kieron:playlist:5Rrf7mqN8uus2AaQQQNdc1
tiestoofficial79840Electric Zoospotify:user:tiestoofficial:playlist:46ROYpzzpzMbdIvmt0Wfq4
kcouric79774Spring in the Cityspotify:user:kcouric:playlist:6llaOY2vy6CNkUG893QHWj
jrufi9178748Las tipicas canciones que no sabes como se llaman, y te tiras la vida busc?ndolas, hasta que un d?a la encuentras de pura casualidadspotify:user:jrufi91:playlist:7KkJCfjoMRLLMnDISGR4hr
sonymusicdenmark78731HITS LIGE NU! ::: The Playlistspotify:user:sonymusicdenmark:playlist:6W23Zcq9Uz7FYHY6WHZPbd
digster.se77532Digster FRESH!spotify:user:digster.se:playlist:68h1UVA9W3rwTRz8AnB7eF
myplay.com74924The Ultimate Holiday Playlistspotify:user:myplay.com:playlist:5l6rFyXN63iINVsbaBObag
playlistmenorway73405Playlistme Partyspotify:user:playlistmenorway:playlist:3I4H4a6RAGRZLGebxmZrC8
fusetv69900Coachella 2012 Playlistspotify:user:fusetv:playlist:4QD68gsPM7rilpQxwdFBnI
now-music69779NOW UK Top 20 Chart!spotify:user:now-music:playlist:33pN0AXMJFwyobpIfDf3b2
q-tip%28official%2969507fusion n thangsspotify:user:q-tip%28official%29:playlist:2bL8tGIo063Qp6eYYts5Na
mejoresplaylistsspotify69201Dancefloor Hitsspotify:user:mejoresplaylistsspotify:playlist:09tdi9JkYgC7DP0XYBl4Az
geordielee68909XFM top 1000 of all timespotify:user:geordielee:playlist:2KEaOQ6jkKstQ29fkTTJ66
barackobama68876Supporter Picksspotify:user:barackobama:playlist:5rnOyyq1oq0aVwPWeTHAKf
myplay.com66314DANCEFLOOR HITS PLAYLISTspotify:user:myplay.com:playlist:68bXT1MZWZvLOJc0FZrgf7

Here’s to hoping Spotify implements a feature to allow searching for popular playlists.  Until then, hopefully this can  partially suffice.

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  • olivier__p

    Hi Pavan, interesting tool! Is it still accurate? You show 709,713 subscribers to Billboard’s hot 100 but in Spotify, I can see 1,663,483 subscribers. Is the API still providing you the required data? Thanks

    • pgupta85

      Hey! This is almost certainly very far out of sync. The data, however, is still accessible over the Spotify API. It’s still a clunky process to get the data you need and you basically have to build your own copy of the entire Spotify playlist dataset. That might have changed, but I don’t think it has.