The Best Spotify Playlists in 2021

Today’s changing listening habits mean that people are looking to Spotify playlists rather than radio stations to satisfy their need for new music. 

If you’re tired of relying on Spotify’s Release radar to find your new favourite songs, and want a more human curated playlist, then you’ve come to the right place.

Below we’ve broken down our list of the top Spotify playlists for 2021 into different genres, so whether you’re into Hip Hop, House, Indie Rock, Disco, Latin, Pop Music, or you have a diverse musical taste you can find the best Spotify playlist below. 

General & Popular

Today’s Top Hits

Today's Top Hits

By: Spotify

Likes: 27,476,323

No article on the best playlists on Spotify would be complete without at least a head nod to Today’s Top Hits. The most popular playlist on Spotify, boasting over 27 million likes and counting, and covering a wide range of genres – this playlist is a rundown of the most popular songs and recent releases in the world right now – think Drake and Ed Sheeran 🙂 

Popular Music 🍭 2021 Hits & Best Music of the 2000s

popular music 2020

By: Midnight Studios

Likes: 62,707 

A mix of the most popular tracks right now, mixed in with hits from the start of the 2000’s.

Kitsuné’s New, Hot & Fresh

Kistune playlist

By: Kitsuné Musique

Likes: 36,346 

A selection of different genres, curated by the team at Kitsuné Musique. This song covers a more international selection of artists, with a more unique style. 

Dance and Electronic

Warehouse Party

warehouse party image

By: Spotify

Likes: 150,810 

This Spotify curated playlist brings you a selection of the best club anthems from the past few years. 


By: Spotify

Likes: 358,382 

The Altar playlist is the place to go to find some of the more alternative, underground electronic music, all curated by a selection of DJ’s and artists in the genre. 

New Music Weekly | Monstercat 

new music weekly

By: Monstercat 

Likes: 122,736

Monstercat is an independent Canadian record label known for working with artists including Marshmello, Krewella and Gareth Emery. This playlist keeps you up to date with the latest releases from the label.

MrSuicideSheep Favourites 

mrsuicidesheep playlists

By: MrSuicideSheep 

Likes: 308,501

One of the biggest music YouTube channels, MrSuicideSheep also has a range of Spotify playlists. This is the playlist containing their favourite songs.

Deep House 2021

Deep House 2021

By: Selected 

Likes: 1,345,117

Brought to you by the powerhouse that is selected. Updated weekly, you’ll find the best in deep house and electronic dance. 

Toolroom Tech House

toolroom tech house playlist

By: Toolroom Records 

Likes: 32,581

A little more niche, this playlist features some of the latest club tunes curated by the team at Toolroom records. 


Danny L playlist

By: Danny L Harle 

Likes: 7,288

This playlist doesn’t have a huge following, but we’re throwing it in here as it’s a great selection of some lesser known dance tunes.


Trap Nation 

Trap Nation playlist

By: Trap Nation

Likes: 2,056,443

The behemoth that is Trap Nation has brought its sound to a Spotify playlist. Featuring some of the favorite tracks from its popular YouTube channels.

Drum and Bass

Liquicity Drum & Bass

Liquicity playlist

By: Liquicity

Likes: 72,322

Liquicity is a veteran of DnB promotion on Youtube, promoting some of the freshest artists, their official Spotify playlist doesn’t disappoint. 

UKF Drum & Bass

UKF playlist


Likes: 96,572 

One of the more well known players in Drum & Bass, in this playlist they mix tracks from some more well known artists, as well as up and comers.

Drum and Bass 2021

Drum and Bass

By: Discover Records

Likes: 110,584

This user made playlist is a great example of an independent curator pulling together some of the finest tracks to create this Drum and Bass focused playlist. 

Rap and Hip Hop

Rap Nation

rap nation playlist

By: Rap Nation

Likes: 115,094

Rap Nation is one of a group of Nations including Trap Nation, Chill Nation, and R&B Nation. Even though he’s more well known for his YouTube channel, this playlist is where all Rap Nation’s uploads are posted as well, along with other great tracks.

Westside Story 

cali fire playlist

By: Spotify 

Likes: 643,768 

Previously known as Cali Fire – This huge playlist is the best place to find the hottest west coast rap, curated by Spotify making this one of the best rap playlists on Spotify.

Legendary Labels: Bad Boy Records 

legendary labels playlist

By: Spotify 

Likes: 106,893 

Switching coasts now, this playlist pays tribute to a label that has been home to some of the biggest names in rap.

Who We Be

who we be playlist

By: Spotify 

Likes: 653,259 

Another Spotify editorial playlist this time focusing on UK artists. Listen for Rap, Grime, R&B, Afrobeat & Dancehall tracks.

Pigeons & Planes

pigeons & planes playlist

By: Pigeons & Planes

Likes: 43,057

Brought to you by the guys at Complex, Pigeons & Planes has a real focus on music discovery. While it says it covers all genres – it definitely leans towards hip hop and rap.


Indie playlist

Indie playlist

By: Erin Halpenny

Likes: 29,846 

This good Spotify playlist, curated by user Erin Halpenny contains some classic indie bangers, perfect for a throwback thursday.

probably the best indie playlist ever 

probably the best indie playlist

By: Jason Williams

Likes: 3,182 

Another user curated playlist showcasing all the best indie tracks from the 90’s and 00’s.

alexrainbirdMusic 2019

alexrainbirdMusic playlist

By: alexrainbirdMusic

Likes: 13,313

Better known for their YouTube channel alexrainbirdMusic also post tracks on Spotify. Unlike the previous two playlists, alexrainbirdMusic 2019 showcases newer indie tracks. 

Lofi & Chill

Majestic Casual ✨

Majestic Casual playlist

By: Majestic Casual

Likes: 462,302

Majestic Casual’s YouTube channel has nearly 2,000,000,000 views at time of writing. This is their main Spotify playlist, showcasing the many sounds of Majestic Casual.

Sad Indie

sad indie playlist

By: Spotify

Likes: 878,346

This is Spotify’s editor curated alternative melancholia playlist. Perfect for those days when you’re feeling a bit low and looking for the perfect music to complement your mood.


butter playlist

By: Spotify

Likes: 645,112 

Super smooth alternative soul and instrumental hip hop curated by Spotify’s editors. 

Lush Lofi 

lush lofi playlist

By: Spotify

Likes: 928,406 

All the newest chill instrumental lofi beats. This is another playlist curated by the editors at Spotify and one of the best Spotify playlists for work.

Lofi Girl’s favorites

chilledcows playlist

By: Lofi Girl

Likes: 327,675

Prolific on YouTube. You may know them by their previous name Chilled Cow, now they go by the name Lofi Girl. This playlist specialises in lofi beats and is notable for producing one of the longest live streams ever

Rock / Pop Punk

Pop Punk Powerhouses

pop punk powerhouses playlist

By: Spotify

Likes: 1,872,685 

This is one of the most popular playlists on Spotify. Another perfect stream of songs to stick on for your throwback Thursdays. 

Rock Party

Rock Party playlist

By: Spotify

Likes: 1,850,853

Another Spotify curated playlist. This one is full of the ultimate rock hits from Guns N’ Roses to Imagine Dragons.

So there you have it, a list of some of the best Spotify playlists around. Whether you’re looking to submit your music to playlists, or just looking for new tunes, there’s sure to be something to suit your taste and put you in touch with some great new music.  

If you’re interested in discovering music outside of Spotify why not check out our list of the best music blogs.

If there’s any playlists you feel deserve to be included in this list, or if you’re a playlist curator and would like to be featured please be sure to get in touch and let us know. 

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