How to Sort Your iTunes Playlist

Change the song order to your liking

When you create a playlist in iTunes, songs appear in the order in which you add them. If the songs all came from the same album but aren't listed in the album's sequence, you may want to reorganize the playlist to match the album. If you created a custom playlist but want to reorder your songs into a better sequence, it's easy to do, and iTunes automatically remembers the changes. 

These instructions work for all versions of iTunes.

Rearranging the Tracks in an iTunes Playlist

To adjust the order of the tracks on your playlist:

  1. Select Library at the top of the screen to switch to Library mode.

    Library button in iTunes screenshot showing how to reorder an iTunes playlist
  2. Select Music from the drop-down menu at the top of the left panel.

    Music dropdown menu in iTunes screenshot showing how to reorder an iTunes playlist
  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 select Show when it appears.

    Show button to show Music Playlists in left side panel of iTunes screenshot showing how to reorder an iTunes playlist
  4. Select the name of the playlist you want to work with. This opens the complete list of songs on the playlist in the main iTunes window. Songs are displayed in the current order they play.

    Playlist titled
  5. To reorder a song in your playlist, select its title and drag it to a new position. Repeat the process with any other songs you want to rearrange.

    Moving track icon (iTunes document symbol plus a 1 badge) screenshot showing how to reorder an iTunes playlist
  6. To turn off a song on the list so it doesn't play, remove the checkmark from the box in front of the title. If you don't see a checkbox next to each song in the playlist, go to View > View All > Songs from the menu bar to display the checkboxes.

    Songs submenu in iTunes's View menu as well as a checkbox in front of a track you don't want to play screenshot showing how to reorder an iTunes playlist

iTunes automatically saves these edits. Sync the edited playlist to your portable media player, play it on your computer, or burn it to CD, and enjoy your songs in their new order.