Solved: Spotify Playing Random Songs

Perhaps disabling auto-play will remove the randomness from your songs, here's some easy fixes!

Recently, many users have reported Spotify playing random songs seemingly out of nowhere. The error can occur because your playing is too short or your account is hacked. You can fix this by disabling autoplay and clearing the queue, among other fixes. If that doesn’t work then here, I’ve an easy-to-follow guide for you.

Key Takeaways

  • Spotify will randomly start playing songs in seemingly no order and without specific triggers.
  • This usually happens when your playlist is too short, and Spotify wants to make you keep listening. Additionally, it can also be some random songs in the queue. It is also possible that your account is hacked.
  • You can fix this by disabling Autoplay, clearing the queue, changing your password, etc. This should be done to ensure that no one is in your account.

What Causes Spotify To Play Random Songs?

A user on Reddit complained that Spotify would often play songs that were out of their playlist. At the same time, another in the comments explained how “It’s never a song that’s on a playlist. Just songs in my library, but always the same songs.” The app will stop playing the songs as soon as you open it.

The causes of this error are given below

  • Short playlist
  • Some random pieces in the queue
  • Hacked account

How To Fix Spotify Playing Random Songs?

There are a couple of pretty straightforward fixes that you must employ here, and here’s a list of them:

  1. Clear queue.
  2. Disable autoplay.
  3. Clear app cache.
  4. Reset account password.
  5. Remove all 3rd party connections.
  6. Sign out everywhere.
  7. Start the album on your PC and listen to it on your Phone.

Clear Queue

This is the fix with the highest chance of working; therefore, this is the one I have put right up here. Spotify sometimes glitches out and adds songs to the pre-existing queue, causing it to play random songs. There’s a straightforward way to fix this, which is by clearing the line itself. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Click on the queue icon. The PC is placed at the right corner at the bottom, while you can access it on the “Now Playing” window on the mobile.
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    Selecting Queue – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  2. Next, you can select the songs to remove, then tap the circle on the mobile app or tap the three dots on the PC and select “Remove.”
  3. If the queue is large, you can click the “Clear Queue” option, which will cause the line to be noticeable.
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    Clearing Queue – Image Credits (Emopulse)

Once you’re done with this process, Spotify should stop with the random songs, and you can listen to what you want.

Also Read: Spotify Daily Mix Not Changing

Disable Autoplay

I’ll preface this method by saying that this will be less likely to work if Spotify starts playing random songs after the first few songs; however, if your error occurs at the end of a playlist, stick around because this one is for you!

Upon testing, I concluded that this error was most persistent on playlists shorter than 12 songs. Here’s a quick way to disable it:

  1. Open the app and go to “Settings.”
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    Settings – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  2. Go to the “Playback” section.
  3. Turn off the “Autoplay on this device.”
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    Turning off Autoplay – Image Credits (Emopulse)

This should turn off the Autoplay feature on your Spotify, and your app should stop playing random songs. However, you should move on to the next fix if it continues.

Clear App Cache

I’ll show you how to remove the cache on both Android and iPhone. Let’s start with Android first:

  1. Go to “Settings” and “Applications/Device Maintenance.”
  2. Select Spotify among these apps and then click on “Storage.
  3. Next, we must click on “Clear cache.”
    Clearing Cache - Image Credits (Emopulse)
    Clearing Cache – Image Credits (Emopulse)

For our iOS brethren, here’s how you can do this:

  1. Go to “Settings” and then tap your device name.
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    General – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  2. Go to “iPhone Storage.”
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    Storage – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  3. Select the Spotify app and then click on “Offload App.”
    Clearing Cache - Image Credits (Emopulse)
    Clearing Cache – Image Credits (Emopulse)

Reset Account Password

If your issue still hasn’t been resolved, there’s a high probability that someone could be in your account. Please don’t panic; I’ll show you how to deal with this. You should very quickly reset your account password and change it to something more secure and personal, something that no one else knows. You can click here, and it’ll direct you to a page where you can do so.

Remove All Third Party Connections

Someone could access your account through your 3rd Party connections, including your Facebook, Instagram, etc. Therefore, it’s safe to take care of this and remove them. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to your account page.
  2. Proceed to “Apps” and see which ones are connected there.

Sign Out Everywhere

Finally, as a last resort and to keep the account to yourself, I recommend signing out from everywhere so that whoever has your account is kicked out. Here’s how to do it:

  1. You go to the bill as mentioned earlier page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select “Sign out Everywhere.”

Start Album On PC, Continue On Phone

I know this is quite an unorthodox fix, and chances are that this will likely not work; however, this is still worth a shot. You can start listening to the album on the Spotify app on the PC, and then you continue listening to it on the Phone. 

Also Read: Spotify Error Code 73 [FIXED]

What To Do If None Of The Fixes Work?

 Spotify works peculiarly where the queue feature is only available for people with Spotify Premium. Therefore, your queue will be randomized if you don’t have a premium account, and you won’t be able to clear it to fix the issue. Therefore, it might cost you a little, but Spotify Premium can save you a lot of annoyance.

Additionally, I also recommend that you contact support, for which you can click here.


In my testing, the error “Spotify playing random songs” happened because your playlist was too short. Spotify automatically queues up related songs to make the listening experience consistent, often termed Autoplay. You could also possibly have some random pieces in the queue, which can cause the spontaneous bug. Additionally, someone likely has access to your account. This only happens on non-premium accounts, but your budget would shift to that song upon them playing music. To fix this error, I suggest you clear the queue, disable autoplay, clear the app cache, reset the account password, remove all 3rd party connections, sign out everywhere, and start the album on your PC and listen to it on your Phone.

If you’re here, chances are you’re an avid Spotify user. Here’s another one of my guides on Spotify that might come in handy:


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Spotify Randomly Playing Songs?

When the Autoplay feature is activated, when you have songs in your queue that are not on your playlist, or when someone has access to your Spotify account, Spotify plays random tracks at the end of a playlist or album.

How Do I FIx Spotify Playing Random Songs?

Turning off Autoplay and clearing the Spotify song queue will stop Spotify from playing random tracks. By selecting the settings icon, you may shut off the Autoplay feature under the app's playback section. Then choose "clear queue" by selecting the queue icon in the now playing section's lower right corner. Spotify will no longer play random tracks in the middle of or after the playlist.

Even When I Turn Off The Autoplay, The Error Is Not Fixed. Why?

Even while Spotify plays random songs at the conclusion of playlists when Autoplay is enabled, it might still occur if you have random songs in your queue even when Autoplay is disabled. In this scenario, the songs won't even be at the end of the playlist; they'll start playing right after the song that is currently playing from it.

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