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Making a Spotify Playlist

My favorite holiday of the year is coming up, and it’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas

It’s Spotify Wrapped.


And if you have any similarities to me, you might often find yourself listening to music on the platform Spotify. Creating a playlist is a great way to have all your favorite songs in one place, and personally, I find it to be my favorite way to procrastinate from doing my homework (read: I have 136 playlists and will probably have more by the end of the week). Making a playlist is easy, fun, and a great way to share your music taste with your friends.

Here’s how to do it!



For the best results possible, there are a few things you’ll need to make a great playlist. 

  • A premium subscription to Spotify
    • This is because without a premium subscription, it is much harder to find and add the songs that you want on your playlist. And even when you do create it, Spotify will add additional songs and ads while you are listening. 
  • A smartphone or tablet that uses iOs or 12 or above, Android 5.0 or above, or a desktop that uses Windows 7 or above, or OS X 10.11 or above. 
    • These are the devices that Spotify functions on. You cannot access Spotify without one of these devices. 
    • Note: for these procedures, I will only include instructions for desktop and iPhone, as I do not have an Android device. 
  • A stable internet connection
    • It will be difficult for the songs to load if you are not connected to the internet.


You do not need any prior knowledge to make a playlist on Spotify, and other than these materials, all you will need is a few minutes and an idea. 


Let’s get started!



1.The first step in making a playlist on Spotify is to know what kind of playlist you want to make.

You can decide this based on genre, artist, theme, beats per minute, emotions, song title, era, or memory. The playlists that I have made range from all songs that are 112 bpm (because this is the pace that I have found I walk to), to my favorite oldies (songs that were released before 1970), to songs that evoke a certain emotion or remind me of a certain event.


2. Once you have your idea in mind, we can get started making it! Open the Spotify app on your phone or desktop and log in to your account if you aren’t already. 

If you are using a desktop, then on the left side of the screen, there will be a menu with the option to create a playlist.

Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like on my laptop, and you can see the option labeled “Create Playlist.” 

screenshot of Spotify's home screen on my lapto[
Here’s what I see on my laptop
If you are on an iPhone, at the bottom of the screen, go to Your Library. In Your Library, at the very top right corner, you will see a “+”. Click this to create your playlist. 


3. Our next step will be to give the playlist a name.

You can skip this step and go back and edit it later, but I find it easiest to name it first to keep in mind the theme of the playlist. On the iPhone, the name will already show up highlighted, and all you have to do is type in your title. On the desktop, you just have to click on the given name which will be “My Playlist Number 1” if it’s your first, or how many playlists you have, this will be titled with the next number. 

Here’s what it looks like on my iPhone. 

screenshot of what it looks like on an iPhone to create a new playlist
I told you I have 136 right now

4. From here you are given some freedom on how to move forward, but the next thing that I live to do is add a description. 

On an iPhone, tap the ellipses beneath the new title and your name. This will bring you to a menu of options. Choose the third option “Edit” with a pencil image beside it. When you tap Edit, you will be presented with the option to add a description. This is where you can elaborate on the title if you wish or give some context.

On a desktop, you will also click the ellipses beneath the title and your name. Then click “Edit Details,” and you will be able to add a description.

You can of course also skip this step altogether as having a description is not necessary to make a playlist. 

screenshot of what it looks like to edit details on my laptop
You can see how to edit the details here

5. You also have the option to add a cover picture to your playlist. 

To do this, follow the same instructions in step 5, because you can edit the description and the cover picture in the same place. Simply click or tap on the cover picture icon with the music notes instead of “Add an optional description.” 

Again, this step is not necessary but does add to the overall effect of the playlist. 


6. Now you are ready to start adding songs to your playlist! There are several ways to do this. 

The best way to add songs on the desktop is to click the search bar in your new playlist labeled “Search for songs or episodes.” You can add songs directly from that search bar into your playlist through the “Add” button on the right side of the screen when the song comes up. 

On an iPhone, the easiest way to add songs is by tapping the large white button that says “Add songs.” Once you tap this, you can search for the songs you want and tap the “+” beside them to add them. 

You can also search for artist names and albums if you can’t remember the name of the song or want to see more similar options. 

 Here’s what it looks like to search for Taylor Swift’s new album on an iPhone.

screenshot of search for "red taylor swift'
If you haven’t listened to this album yet, you really need to

Once you’ve added all the songs you want, your playlist is complete! Congratulations! You can now listen to your playlist by tapping or clicking the play button which is a green circle with a white triangle inside. Enjoy listening to your Spotify playlist!




Hey there, my name is Mallory Mason. I am 21 and studying English, Writing, and Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia. I'm passionate about cultivating community, seeking peace and justice, and learning how to be a better person to others and the planet. I love music, nature, and laughing with my friends. Thanks for visiting my website :)

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