Synthwave / Retro Electro – The Playlist

The Synthwave / Retro Electro playlist offers a wide-angle look at the synthwave genre and features a highly curated collection of songs from nearly 300 artists. Started in late 2012, the playlist has consistently featured the best new and underground music in the genre and has remained the most popular and most followed independent playlist dedicated to the synthwave genre since 2014.


Like the synthwave genre itself, the Synthwave / Retro Electro playlist undergoes constant change. Old tracks are steadily weeded out as new, more talented, and more innovative songwriters contribute their work.

Every song that goes into the playlist is previewed at least once, and often multiple times, ensuring the quality of the mix remains consistently high. Roughly 20,000 songs have been previewed for the playlist to date, and on average, only 1 in 20 songs make the cut. For more information on how music is defined for the list, check out the article What is Synthwave? 2018 Edition.

As with all music promotions from Iron Skullet, the emphasis for the playlist remains on choosing the best music within the genre regardless of where the artist’s work has been promoted and whether or not it’s backed by a record label. No artist is too new or too small to be included in the playlist, and music is always being considered for the list through the submissions page.


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