How many songs is considered an album?


How many songs are usually in an album, and do people still play them? Let’s break down the different types of music releases and how many tracks to include in your mix.

Once you’ve finished and dusted off an exciting collection of songs, you’ll start thinking about how to release them. But do you have enough tracks for an album – or even too many?

The length of an album changes depending on which music distributor you use and where you choose to download your songs from. On average, an album will have between 9 and 12 tracks, but can be shorter or longer.

When you publish your music with RouteNote, whether you choose our Free or Premium distribution, an album is defined as between 7 and 18 tracks. A single is a track; an EP is 2 to 6 titles.

Are people still streaming albums?

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about the so-called “end of the album”. With streaming services giving us the ability to endlessly skip and shuffle songs all the time, our attention spans may be too short to sit down, start an album, and just let it play.

Streaming may have changed the way we consume albums, but at the end of 2021, Adele threw a curveball at “the album is dead” naysayers. As well as releasing his first album in six years, the superstar then made sure his work, and that of other artists, could be listened to as intended when recording, by asking Spotify to disable shuffle by default on the albums of the platform.

Can you imagine someone saying no to Adele? Spotify has dutifully obliged, and albums now play from top to bottom. This creates a similar experience to listening to an album on vinyl – a medium that continues to grow in popularity, the ritual of putting on an enjoyed record once again.

And there’s always hype around album releases, even when an artist releases great singles. Take wet leg for example. The new British indie pop duo have released two catchy singles and an EP, and critics and fans alike can’t wait for the debut album due out this year. The collection of songs will further reveal the sound and personality of a young band that has appeared out of nowhere topping countless “best of 2021” and “ones to watch in 2022” music lists.

Increasingly, artists are releasing “deluxe” versions of albums months after the original release, with additional tracks, remixes, or alternate recordings of popular songs, giving the original recording added longevity. They are often double albums, too long to fit on a single CD or vinyl.

Taylor Swift’s re-recordings of her albums with additional tracks create hype with each new release. Dua Lipa Nostalgia for the Future: Moonlight Edition, a 19-track reissue of his 2020 album nostalgia for the future this added B-sides, extended the already massively successful release.

At RouteNote, if your album contains more than 19 tracks, it is considered an extended album. If you distribute your music for free through us, all types of distribution are free.

You keep 85% of all stream revenue, and there are no additional fees or contracts locking you in. In the meantime, if you distribute via RouteNote Premium, you keep 100% of the revenue, with an annual payment of $9.99 and the following different prices for different versions:

  • Only: (1 piece) – $10
  • PE: (2-6 tracks) – $20
  • Album: (7-18 tracks) – $30
  • Extended album: (19+ tracks) – $45

Ready to release your songs? Just make sure your mix contains more than seven tracks and you’re about to release your own album with RouteNote.

Find out everything you need to know about the distribution of RouteNote here.

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