Spotify explicit songs—what does that mean?

👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 22 Feb 2023    📁 TECH


Do you listen to songs? I hope you do. Today we will see about a popular music player application called Spotify.

Spotify is an audio streaming application. It was founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. It has about 456 million monthly active users. This is a popular music streaming platform. On this platform, artists from all over the world are available. This means you can find songs in every genre available out there. Spotify is available on windows, mac, ios, android, Linux, and more.

What are explicit songs?

Explicit songs are those songs that contain curse words or words that seem offensive. These types of songs may also include the following content:

  • Curse words
  • Offensive language 
  • Words related to racism
  • Sexual content

NOTE: These are just some examples. Some songs may contain words that are considered explicit.

How do I know which song is the explicit song?

Spotify provides an easy way for detecting an explicit song. These types of songs are usually labeled with E. The label E can be found somewhere near the song.

List of explicit songs
Fig: list of explicit songs

Should I listen to explicit songs?

If you are not affected by the artists' words, you can listen to such songs. But if you are the kind of person, who is deeply affected by such words you should not listen to such content. It’s best to stay away from things that make you feel negative emotions.

How do I block explicit content?

To block the explicit content, available on Spotify follow these steps.

  1. Open Spotify and go to settings.
  2. Scroll down there you can see allow explicit content.
  3. Uncheck that box. Then explicit content will not be shown on your search and feeds.
Allow explicit content toggle option
fig. allow explicit content toggle option

What are the advantages of explicit labels on Spotify?

Explicit labeling has various advantages on Spotify some of them are as follows:

1 Control over content: Explicit labels enable users to skip songs with explicit content if they do not want to listen to them. Users now have more control over the content they consume.

2 Parental control: Explicit labels allow parents and other caregivers to monitor what their children are listening to and, if desired, restrict access to explicit content.

3 Proper Music Marketing: Explicit labels assist artists and record labels inappropriately marketing their music. Some musicians may want their music to be marketed as explicit in order to appeal to a certain demographic, whereas others may want their music to be sold as clean in order to appeal to a broader audience.

4 Transparency: Explicit labeling informs users that music has explicit content before they play it, for example, in a public environment or while minors are present, allowing users to make educated judgments.

5 Explicit labeling can shield users, particularly youngsters, from the possible dangers of exposure to explicit content.

6 Community Standards: Because different cultures and communities have varied opinions on what constitutes explicit content, clear labeling aids in the observance of community standards.

7 Compliance with platform policies: Because some platforms, such as Spotify, have standards that prohibit explicit content from specific types of advertisements and promotions, explicit labeling also aids in compliance with these policies.

Why do most users use Spotify?

As we already know that Spotify has about 456 million monthly users. Why do you think there are so many? One of the reasons is User Interface (UI) of Spotify is easy to use. It also provides users with a daily or weekly playlist, which is the best way to discover new songs. Many songs not available on youtube and other platforms can be found here. It also provides an option to go adless at a minimum price.


Explicit songs are those songs that contain harsh words. These words may be anything that can offend people physically or mentally. So be sure to check if explicit content is allowed or disallowed before playing songs from the random playlist. This might save your mood sometimes.