How to create and share Spotify music playlist this holiday season

Spotify Christmas and New Year

Today you are going to learn how easy is to create your own holiday playlist using Spotify. You’ll also see all the ways in which you can share it with your family and friends.

Playing all the same songs year-after-year can make the holidays a little bit annoying, and it shouldn’t be that way, you already have enough with all the family drama. So to spice things up a little, how about creating a brand new playlist, all with great free music, mixing good old classics and new songs for this Christmas, and once you’re done, to share them with your family and friends via Spotify message or from Facebook, Twitter and Messenger? — your choice.

Creating a new Spotify music playlist

First if you don’t have Spotify in your machine, you should read this previous article, Review: Spotify US – Compare services, learn player keyboard shortcuts, and more. Just note that this online music stream does NOT require an invite to sign-up anymore.

1. While in Spotify click New Playlist at the bottom on the left-hand pane. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+N or by navigating the File menu and selecting New Playlist.

Create New Playlist - Spotify

2. Make sure that you use a descriptive playlist name.

Quick Tip: If your goal is to publish and share the new playlist, you may want to consider adding to the title: type of music, era, and what you think is important for people to find your new mix.

Spotify Screenshot

3. Now is the time to search for music. In the search box, just type the keyword for the type of music you would like to add to the new playlist and then press Enter.

If your Spotify account is already linked to, let’s say, Facebook, you may want to use the Private Session feature that way you don’t post a new status update of what you are doing in the service. You can do this in two ways: go to the File menu and click Private Session or by clicking your name in the right-hand corner of the application and clicking Private Session.

Spotify Private Session

4. Adding those new songs. Now just drag & drop the songs you like from the search result to your recently created playlist, in this case my mix is called Christmas. Alternatively you can right-click the song, navigate Add to and click the playlist you want to add the song.

Add song to playlist - Spotify

Now you are done creating your Christmas playlist.

How to publish and share your a Spotify music playlist

The fun part starts now. One of the great thing about Spotify is that you can share music playlist using a variety of method such as using Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Messenger, via an URL or even with a URI. Keep reading to learn how to share in every method available.

To publish your music mix, just right-click the playlist from the right-hand pane and select Publish.

Publish playlist - Spotify

All the playlist you publish will appear in the Published Playlists, when you click your profile’s name and select Profile.

Published Playlists - Spotify

If you plan to allow other people to modify your mix, you should choose the option Collaborative Playlist instead of Publish. Right-click the playlist on the left-hand pane and select Collaborative Playlist, and now people you have shared with the list will be able to add more songs.

Collaborative Playlist - Spotify

Sharing is easy as well. Right-click the playlist and select the Send to… option.

Spotify Send to - Share

The Spotify share box will appear and from there you can share your list to other Spotify users by just typing their name and clicking the Send playlist button, additionally you can add up to 128-character message.

Spotify share on Facebook, Twitter, and Messenger

After you send the list, your friend will get an alert in the Spotify inbox.

Spotify inbox alert

And you can also navigate the different tabs in the share box and share on Facebook, Twitter and in Microsoft Messenger.

Finally, you can share via URL and URI. When sharing via URL (HTTP) the link will be similar to this:

http://open.spotify.com/user/username-here/playlist/playlist-unique-ID

A URI will look like this:

spotify:user:username-here:playlist:playlist-unique-ID

You can create either of these links by right-clicking the playlist and selecting Copy HTTP Link or Copy Spotify URI.

Spotify Share using HTTP or URI

The HTTP link will open in your default web browser and the URI will open Spotify when you send them to your friends and family.