Through Alexa smart speakers, you can control your music listening on Spotify with your voice! Ask Alexa to play a song, and album, or a public or one of your own playlists. Yes, the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap speakers work well with Spotify. They give access to all your Spotify content. Just ask. So in this post, we offer a full Alexa Spotify commands list. Speak these to your Amazon Echo speakers, to play your Spotify stuff.
Before trying to play Spotify on your Alexa device, first link your Amazon account to your Spotify Premium account. See our post Spotify Setup Instructions on Amazon Echo Alexa Devices for details on how to do that.
Alexa Spotify Commands List for Navigation
Whether playing albums, songs, playlists, or genres, you can control playback with the following Alexa Spotify commands.
1a. Alexa, mute. Sets speaker volume to zero, but playback progress continues.
1b. Alexa unmute. Sets speaker volume back to what it was prior to the last mute command issued.
1c. Alexa, pause. Stops playback.
1d. Alexa, resume. Picks up playback again from where you left off when you issued the last pause command.
1e. Alexa, play Spotify. Starts Spotify again from where you listened the last time you played Spotify content.
1f. Alexa, stop. Stops Spotify playback.
1g. You can skip around in the album by saying, Alexa Previous, and Alexa Next.
But as of this writing, asking for track numbers on the album does not yet work.
Alexa Spotify Commands List for How to Play a Certain Song by a Certain Artist
Further, do you have a favorite song by a specific artist? Then ask Alexa to play that song from Spotify as in the following examples. The requests below make Alexa play the song Fly Like an Eagle, from Spotify, by the Steve Miller Band.
You may leave out the artist name if no other song title, artist name, or playlist has the same name. However, you must add the artist qualifier if there are more than one items in Spotify with the same name. Otherwise, Alexa may play the wrong song for you. In the Fly Like an Eagle case though, she does play the Steve Miller version. That’s true, even though Spotify has versions from other artists such as Seal.
Spotify Song Title by an Artist Request Examples
2a. Alexa, play Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
2b. Alexa, play the Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.
2c. Alexa, play Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.
Alexa Spotify Commands List for How to Play a Certain Album
Further, you can request a certain album by a certain artist from Spotify, shown in the examples next. The album then plays in the correct order. In other words, it plays from start to end, without any inter-song gaps. We like this when playing albums that have one long recording, divided into tracks. Why? Because the tracks allow easier navigation on some live and studio albums like Pink Floyd’s The Wall album.
3a. Alexa, play Fly Like an Eagle album by Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
3b. Alexa, play Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle album on Spotify.
3c. Alexa, play the album Fly Like an Eagle, by the Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
Alexa Spotify Commands List for How to Play a Group of Songs by a Certain Artist / Composer
Got a favorite artist or group? Ask Alexa to play all the songs by that artist that Spotify offers, as in the following examples. Here, the following requests all result in Alexa playing the songs in Spotify by the Steve Miller Band.
Now the name of the artist you want may also be a song title. E.g. The group name Middle of the Road for example, is also the title of a song by the Pretenders. Here, Alexa may play the wrong song when you ask for this. So, to get rid of this confusion, add the “songs by” phrase to the above request. The next example illustrates.
Spotify Play Artist Request Examples
4a. Alexa, play Steve Miller Band on Spotify
4b. Alexa, play songs by Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
4c. Alexa play songs by Andy Gibb on Spotify.
4d. Alexa, Play Andy Gibb on Spotify.
Alexa Spotify Commands List for How to Play a Spotify Playlist
Then perhaps you made playlists in your Spotify account. But maybe you just want to play the public playlists already on Spotify. E.g. The Teen Party playlist. Thus, to play these lists, you can ask Alexa as follows. You just need to say the name of the playlist.
Spotify Playlist Requests by Playlist Name
5a. Alexa, play my Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist on Spotify. Starts playing the recording in the Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist from Spotify.
5b. Alexa, play Spotify playlist Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.
5c. Alexa, play Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist on Spotify.
5d. Alexa, play the Spotify Teen Party playlist.
5e. Alexa, play the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify.
Alexa Spotify Commands List for How to Play a Specific Musical Genre
Finally, ask for the genre you wish. Then, Alexa plays a bunch of songs of that genre. No telling what you’ll get though. Not really, unless you’ve already tried this, and so, know what’s coming. Also, what plays here often changes, as Spotify adds new music to their library.
Spotify Play Genre Request Examples
6a. Alexa, play some jazz on Spotify.
6b. Alexa, play popular music on Spotify.
6c. Alexa, play country music on Spotify.
6d. Alexa, play dance music on Spotify.
6e. Alexa, play 90s music on Spotify.
- How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists
- How to Unlink Spotify from Alexa
- Spotify Setup Instructions on Amazon Echo Alexa Devices
- How to Play Spotify Music on the Amazon Echo from HowToGeek
- Spotify on Amazon speakers from Spotify.com
- 2017-12-27: Added link to our How to Get Alexa to Play Spotify Playlists post.
- 2017-02-11: Originally published.