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Spotify Analytics For Listeners: Spotify Stats & Streams Tracker

By Matthew Vultaggio

April 16, 2021

If you’re a Spotify user and you want to keep track of your personal Spotify song stats and analytics, like what songs and artists you listen to the most, I’ve researched exactly how you can start tracking your Spotify streams.

To track your personal Spotify analytics, stats, and streams you need to connect a free app called Last FM to your Spotify account. Once connected, you will be able to track what you stream on the Spotify app, web player and any Spotify-connected device.

However, if you want to view a songs overall streams to date (and not just how many times you’ve personally streamed a song), check out my article on how to check spotify streams.

If you want to learn more about how you can start tracking your personal Spotify stats and if there are any other alternatives to Last FM, simply keep on reading, my friend. 🙂

The Last FM Spotify Streams Tracker

Last FM is an app that you can connect to mobile and web apps like Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud to keep track of your listening stats and get recommendations for music you might like.

Once you connect Last FM, your listening activity is transferred to Last FM’s database so that they can present the data to you and use that data to provide song recommendations. Last FM refers to this transfer as “scrobbling”.

To get started all you need to do is join Last FM and then connect it to your Spotify account.

One thing that you should be aware of is that Last FM unfortunately does not work retroactively, this means it won’t track your listening history and instead can only track your listening activity while the app is connected and Spotify Scrobbling is enabled (how to do this just below).

With that said, Last FM may be able to streams from Spotify’s cache from the last week. It’s not the greatest scenario but at least you can get some of your listening history recorded.

How to connect Last FM to your Spotify account

To add Last FM to your Spotify account, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to Last.fm
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Find your profile image (usually top-right) and hover over it
  4. Click on ‘Settings’
  5. Click on ‘Applications’
  6. Choose the ‘Connect’ option next to ‘Spotify Scrobbling’

How to disconnect Last FM to your Spotify account

If you would like to remove Last FM from your Spotify account, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to Last.fm
  2. Log in to your account
  3. Find your profile image (usually top-right) and hover over it
  4. Click on ‘Settings’
  5. Click on ‘Applications’
  6. Choose the ‘Disconnect’ option next to ‘Spotify Scrobbling’

Once you have completed the above steps, Last FM will no longer be tracking your Spotify activity, but you may also want to completely remove Last FM’s access to your Spotify account by removing access to their app in your Spotify settings.

To remove access to the Last FM app in your Spotify settings, simply follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Spotify apps page
  2. Click on ‘Remove Access’ on the Last FM app

You can also visit the above Spotify apps page to see what apps have access to your Spotify account at anytime.

Last FM Alternative: Stats For Spotify

A potential alternative to using Last FM to track your personal Spotify stats is a website called Stats For Spotify. However, it is not recommended to use them due to what you must agree to when connecting their app to your Spotify account.

When connecting Stats For Spotify to your personal Spotify account, this is what you must agree to in order to complete the connection as of April 16th, 2021:

Most of that is fine and makes sense, however, it is the very last section that I think is potentially dangerous and makes it not worth connecting to your Spotify account.

Why would this app need to be able to create, edit and follow public or private playlists?

I don’t know for sure, but to be honest, I can imagine it is for something sketchy like building the follower counts on fake playlists so that they could then sell or charge artists to get placed on.

It’s for that reason that I wouldn’t recommend using this app but, of course, it is your life and you can do whatever you want. 🙂

How To Check An Artist’s or Song’s Spotify Stream Counts

To check a song’s total Spotify streams, visit the artist’s Spotify profile and see the songs listed under the “Popular” section. Artists can check their Spotify streams for any of their songs by signing up and logging into Spotify For Artists.

You are not able to see the total play counts for a song that is not listed in the “Popular” section. Also – any songs that have less than 1,000 total play counts will show up as “>1000”, even if they are listed in the “Popular” section.

However, if you are an artist and want to see the play counts of your own songs, you can see these stats and much more in the Spotify For Artists dashboard.

If you would like to learn more about how you can check these stats with either method I just mentioned in more detail, take a look at my article called: How To Check Spotify Streams (For Artists & Listeners)

How To Organize Your Spotify Music

The best 2 ways to organize your Spotify music are to do it yourself by creating and managing playlists or by using a third-party tool like ‘Organize Your Music’ by Playlist Machinery.

In both cases, you will first want to have an idea of how you want your music organized, whether it be by genre, release year of the recording, or specific moods or situations like studying or an upcoming party.

To learn more about how you can organize your music on Spotify, with a breakdown on both techniques, and examples of how others organize their music, check out my article on How To Organize Your Spotify Music. 🙂

How To See Who Liked Your Playlist On Spotify

You can find out how many people follow any Spotify playlist by opening the playlist in Spotify and looking for follower / like count near the playlist’s title and information. Although you can see how many followers you have, you can’t see the individual profiles.

The follower / like count will show up in different areas depending on if you view the playlist in the desktop app, smartphone app, and web browser

To learn more about if this feature will ever come to Spotify, if there are any workarounds, or how you can see the number of Spotify playlist followers in detail, check out my article called How To See Who Liked Your Playlist On Spotify. 🙂

How To Make Money From Spotify Playlists

Want to learn how you can make money from your Spotify playlists?

To make money from Spotify playlists you need to build up the playlist’s follower count with real listeners before you get paid directly from artists for song placements, for reviewing song submissions, or by selling your playlist.

The 3 main ways to make money from Spotify playlists are to:

  1. Get paid directly from artists for song placements
  2. Get paid for considering a song placement by reviewing song submissions
  3. Sell your playlist to someone else

To learn more, check out my full article on How To Make Money From Spotify Playlists. 🙂

How To Become A Spotify Artist

To get access to the Spotify For Artists dashboard and become a Spotify artist, you must first actually have music released on Spotify.

So… how do you get your music on Spotify?

To get your music on Spotify, you need to work with a distributor, or with a record label who already has a distributor. They handle all the licensing and distribution, and pay your streaming royalties.

Spotify

To get your music on Spotify, I would recommend using DistroKid as your music distributor because they are actually very easy and surprisingly cheap to use (it’s what I use to get my music up on Spotify).

For a detailed look into this, check out my article on how to create a Spotify artist account (you’ll even learn how to get that beautiful blue verified checkmark).

However, for the best and easiest way to get your music on Spotify properly, take a closer look at DistroKid and my big fat DistroKid review to learn everything about them.

P.S. There is even a handy How To Choose A Distributor Guide and some info on the nice DistroKid discount.

With that said, it is always a good idea to do some of your own research and see what other distributors are out there on the market.

Some other options to check out

Although I personally use, love, and recommend DistroKid, it is always a good idea to see how they compare to the other guys.

Luckily for you, I’ve done just that. 🙂

Check out the comparisons of DK to some other popular music distributors:

P.S. If you also want to learn about music publishing and make sure that you are not leaving any money on the table with your music distribution setup, I’d recommend checking out these 2 articles:

Some of my favorite music marketing tools

Thank you for reading this article, my friend, and I hope you found it helpful as you build your own successful career in music. 🙂

Here is a list of my favorite and most recommended tools and resources that I’ve personally used to get my music streamed over 4,000,000 times on Spotify as an artist.

Any of the paid services or tools listed here are most likely affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a small commission.

But in all honesty, these are the exact tools that I personally use, love, and recommend to anyone – including my own friends and family.

Music Distribution

To get your music on Spotify on all the other streaming services, I use DistroKid because you get unlimited song uploads for a low annual price.

If you want to learn more about DistroKid and music distribution, check out the in-depth DistroKid review that I’ve put together.

Or, if you want to get started with DistroKid right now, you can save on your first year with the DistroKid discount.

Music Publishing Royalties Collection

For collecting all of the publishing, mechanical, and live performance royalties owed to me whenever my music gets streamed or played, my go-to is Songtrust.

Songtrust is a publishing administration company which means that in addition to collecting all of those royalties for me, they do it on a global level.

To learn if Songtrust is right for you, I’d recommend checking out this article on Songtrust vs BMI.

And if you want to get started with Songtrust right now, I’d recommend learning about the Songtrust discount code so that you can get the best price. 🙂

Website & Smart Links

I’m personally not a big fan of the link-in-bio and smart links for music pages like ToneDen and Hyppeddit.

Instead, I prefer having a full-blown WordPress website that allows me to have a full website in addition to unlimited music links.

For getting started with this, I really like Bluehost because it is the cheapest and a theme called Thrive Themes because it is the most flexible and easiest to use.

I’ve actually created a free Smart Links Course that you can take to learn how to get set up and start getting more streams with custom smart links (I’ve even included the templates I am using!).

Want more tools and resources for your music career?

If you’d like to see even more of my favorite marketing tools and resources for musicians and music artists, I’ve created an even larger list on this page: Best Marketing Tools & Resources For Musicians (& Music Artists).

P.S. There are even some free tools and resources included on that page as well! 🙂

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