How to Change the Sequence of Songs in an iTunes Playlist

Personalize the play sequence of songs in your playlists

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Changing the sequence of songs in an iTunes Playlist.

Mark Harris

When you create a playlist in iTunes, the songs appear in the order that you add them. If the songs all come from the same album, and they aren't listed in the sequence used on the album, it makes sense to change the track order to match how they are played on the official album. If you created a custom playlist that contains a selection of songs, but you want to reorder them so they play in a better sequence, you can do it — and iTunes automatically remembers the changes you make. 

Rearranging the Tracks in an iTunes Playlist

Adjust the order of the tracks on your playlist:

  1. Switch to Library mode in iTunes by clicking Library at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Music from the drop-down menu at the top of the left panel.
  3. Go to the Music Playlists (or All Playlists) section in the left panel. If it is collapsed, hover your mouse to the right of Music Playlists and click Show when it appears.
  4. Click the name of the playlist you want to work on, to open the complete list of songs on the playlist in the main iTunes window. They display in the order that they play.
  5. To reorder a song in your playlist, click its title and drag it to a new position. Repeat the process with any other songs you want to rearrange.
  6. If you want to turn off a song on the list, so it doesn't play, remove the check mark from the box in front of the title. If you don't see a check box next to each song in the playlist, click View > View All > Songs from the menu bar to display the checkboxes.

There's no need to worry about iTunes remembering the changes — it automatically saves any edits you make. You can now sync the edited playlist to your portable media player, play it on your computer, or burn it to CD, and the songs play in the order you set up.