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How to Create a Spotify Playlist in 13 Steps

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Would you like to make your life as a movie soundtrack? Creates and adapts a playlist on Spotify and the songs you listen to and like personally.

A few years ago, HBO’s hit Big Little Lies series captivated the audiences, partly because of its convincing soundtrack. The kid of a character creates great playlists on her iPod touch, for example, with songs like “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” of Temptations and PJ Harvey’s “The Wind” songs which reflect the various dramas that occur in this show.

A playlist is just a list of sound clips or songs played on an audio or via a streaming service. You can compile favorite stuff into custom playlists for parties, work out or just hung around the house, rather than click through Spotify to get from song to song.

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You just need a spotify subscription (free and paid) to your phone, mobile device or machine and you can create playlists. Here’s how.

Step 1: Get Started

Create a Spotify Playlist
Create a Spotify Playlist

Initially, sign up for a two-part subscription option for Spotify: a gratis, ad-supported account or a premium version costing $9.99 per month. Then download the Spotify app on your devices.

On mobile devices or on your computer with a web player you can create a playlist that will be synchronized across devices.

You can hear songs of any artist on the desktop and you can skip or return to a previous song to play them, whether they are free or paid (the free version will interrupt with ads, though).

However, those who have a free version can only play their own mobile playlists. Spotify offers 15 playlists for “self-driving” including Daily Mixes, Discover Weekly and Release Radar, which allow free people to perform the songs with unlimited skips in any order. Premium users may listen to all playlists with unlimited skips in every order and download their playlists, such as on the airplane or subway, for offline listening.

The creation of the playlist differs slightly on both free and Premium subscriptions.

Step 2: Create a Playlist on a Mobile Device

If you have a free account, select Your Library and tap Create playlist. In the pop-up window, type in a name for your playlist and hit Create.

Step 3: Add Songs to New Playlist

In the free version, the next window will include an Add Songs button, adding the Songs to the New Playlist. Tap it by title, performer or genre to search. I created a playlist with the names “Songs that make me weep.” but I could not quite remember the name of his last name. I wanted to add Harry Nilsson’s “Without You” So I entered in the search box “without you harry” and the right one appeared. Then I grabbed the plus sign right on the title and added that song to my playlist for weeping. The app produced a list of similar songs, including Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” and Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” which seemed very convenient to the list, too.

Step 4: Add Songs to Existing Playlist

Create a Spotify Playlist
Create a Spotify Playlist

Tap the search icon and enter a top term for adding songs later. Tap on the right arrow and tap Add to playlist when you find something.

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Step 5: Create a Playlist on a Mobile Device (Premium)

Open the Spotify app, and tap the icon at the bottom of the screen when you have a Premium account. Tap Music playlists at the top and select Playlist creation. Type in a playlist name and hit Create in the pop-up window.

Step 6: Add Songs to a New Playlist (Premium)

A white add songs button will appear after you create a playlist for Spotify’s Premium version. Tap that or tap the Search button if there is a song in mind for some suggestions. Spotify will give some song suggestions if your playlist has a descriptive and sufficient name. For instance, the playlist name TechMag did not give Spotify an idea of what kind of music it was supposed to include, but Dance Favorites was more descriptive and allowed his AI to make recommendations.

Step 7: Add Specific Songs or Albums to a Playlist (Premium)

Create a Spotify Playlist
Create a Spotify Playlist

Tap the three points on the top right when you find a song you wish to add to the playlist. There’s a menu. Tap Playlist, select the playlist you want to live in and in the next menu. You can add albums to playlists on Premium as well. On the page of the album, tap three points in the center of the screen.

Step 8: Create a Playlist on a PC (Free and Premium)

Open the web player of Spotify. See the New Playlist option at the left bottom. Click on the plus sign to see the pop-up. Type the replay list name and click on Create (you can add a description or a photo, but it is not necessary). Your new playlist will be displayed under playlists in the left-hand menu.

Step 9: Add a Song on the PC

Create a Spotify Playlist
Create a Spotify Playlist

Say, I’m listening to Spotify on my computers and I find the song ‘Soul Asylum Runaway Train,’ and I want to include it on my playlist ‘Songs that make me weep.’ I just move my cursor over the webplayer song, search for a 3-point icon, click on it, then select Add to Playlist. There will appear a list of my playlists, I choose the one to which I want the playlist to be added.

Step 10: Edit Your Playlist

Click the three-point icon to the right of the song to remove sung from a playlist in the webplayer, click Remove from that playlist, and it’s gone.

Go to your playlist, tap add more on the free version of the Spotify Mobile app, tap the 3-dot icon right of the song and select Remove.

Tap the 3-dot icon at the left of the song on Premium, and choose Remove from the playlist. Type in your playlist, tap three points in center of the screen and select Edit, to delete a number of songs rapidly. Next to the songs in the playlist is a white circle with a line through it. To remove, tap. When you are finished, select Done on top right. (When you delete anything by accident, tap Cancel> Discard.)

You can delete the whole thing if you’re bored with your playlist. Right-click on the PC and choose Remove. Tap the three-dot menu on mobile phones (free and Premium) and choose Delete Playlist.

Once a song, including a web player, has been removed from one device, say a phone, a replay list or other device will be immediately removed. If you accidentally delete a playlist, log into a page on the Spotify website of your profile and click Recover Playlists on the left to see which playlists have been deleted. To get them back, click Restore.

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Step 11: Share Your Playlist

Create a Spotify Playlist
Create a Spotify Playlist

Also helpful in Spotify is that you can send the list you have created to a friend, as well as other streaming music services. So, through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, I can share my playlist “Songs that make me weep” Hit the mobile and PC three-point icon and choose Share.

Step 12: Make a Collaborative Playlist

Through collaboration, you can make your playlists interactive. It’s like sharing your own playlists, but tap the chat head (mobile) or collaborative playlist, instead of selecting Share (PC). You can add, delete and reorder your songs when you send it to your friends.

Step 13: Other Spotify Playlist Features

Of course, Spotify has a great choice to choose from when you don’t want to create your own playlists. A machine-driven approach is employed to find the most popular songs among its subscribing companies. You can actually see these playlists such as Daily Mix, Discover, Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Fresh Finds, select the songs you want and build custom playlists.