How to Find Awesome Music from Around the World on Spotify

No matter where music comes from, it has the power to make you feel, make you think, and make you dance. If you use Spotify, broadening your musical horizons is easy.

Start With the Charts

Spotify has music exploration built right into their apps, but you don’t have to spend hours searching for music if you know where to begin. Spotify’s “Top 50” and “Viral 50” charts are great starting points with tons of songs. While using the Spotify desktop app:

  1. Head to “Browse” on the Spotify home page.
  2. Then head to “Charts.”
  3. Scroll down the page and you’ll see “Top 50 by Country” and “Viral 50 by Country.” Pick one.
  4. Pick the “Top 50” list for your country of choice.
  5. Click or tap songs and listen to see if you find anything you like. Or better yet, listen to the entire chart as a playlist and pick out the ones you like and stick in a playlist of your own.

Depending on the country, one chart will be probably more helpful than the other. For example, the “Top 50” chart for many countries will have a lot of the same pop hits you’ll find on the U.S. charts. I’ve had more luck with the “Viral 50” charts since most of those songs tend to be localized.

Follow the Trail

Once you find a song on those charts you like, do what I call “following the trail.” If you’ve ever fallen into a Wikipedia rabbit hole, it’s a lot like that. Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Go to the artist’s page by clicking or tapping the artist’s name.
  2. On the artist’s page,…

The Playlist: Katy Perry and Haim Reach for New Flavors

Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos — and anything else that strikes them as intriguing. You can listen to this playlist on Spotify here. Like this Playlist? Let us know at, and sign up for our Louder newsletter here.

Katy Perry feat. Migos, ‘Bon Appétit’

There’s nothing organic or not craven about “Bon Appétit,” which pairs Ms. Perry, a pop star of the old, Big Record Label sort, with Migos, fresh off a No. 1 song and album owing almost exclusively to bottom-up virality. Everything happening here is a face-off: pop and hip-hop, white and black, male and female, slick and tactile. (Ignore, for a moment, the disorienting and curious cover art, which features Ms. Perry’s disembodied head atop a plate of fruit, with each of the Migos’s hands reaching out for a piece.) Ms. Perry is in her least convincing mode — dance-floor diva — but the production is direct and effective. The contributions from the three Migos members are collapsed into one verse, lasting around 36 seconds, a small stretch of time in which more happens than in the rest of this song. JON CARAMANICA

Willie Nelson, ‘God’s Problem Child’

Willie Nelson didn’t write the title track of his latest album, “God’s Problem Child”; Tony Joe White and Jamey Johnson did, and they sing some of the verses. It’s not the typical chuckling or avuncular Willie Nelson song; it’s haunted and morose, a minor-key existential blues without a wry twist. “The higher I flew, the farther I fell,” Mr. Nelson sings. It puts its hope, stoically, in faith, with or without concrete evidence: “Heaven must love God’s problem child,” the song insists. JON PARELES

DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, ‘I’m the One’

There’s instinctual genius at work in the seemingly inevitable DJ Khaled summer anthem “I’m the One,” which gathers a murderers’ row of stars — Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne — and swaddles them in unerringly soft production that makes a lot out of simple, breezy parts. For a song about how money makes men irresistible (with a few dubious lines scattered throughout), there’s an uncommon calm to this song, and also the video, which overcomes its alternate purpose as an advertisement for liquor…

This Playlist Can Help Teach CPR

Learning CPR is a very simple way to save someone’s life. According to the American Heart Association, the U.S. sees more than 350,000 cardiac arrests a year outside of hospitals, and immediate CPR can make a major difference in someone’s survival chances. But if you haven’t taken a course in CPR, it’s hard to know what to do in a serious emergency. Humming “Stayin’ Alive,” can help, though.

Thanks to New York Presbyterian Hospital, there’s an easy way to remember how fast chest compressions should be during CPR—a Spotify playlist. As NPR reports, the hospital has created a website to help prepare more people to assist if someone near them stops breathing, including a musical playlist…