How to Create a Pandora Playlist

Pandora Premium users get personalized soundtracks too

As Pandora gets to know your preferences, its choice of tracks becomes refined and geared toward what you like to hear. If you want more control over which songs are played, learn how to create a playlist on Pandora. Pandora playlists allow you to integrate songs or full albums into a personalized list that plays in the order you decide.

These instructions apply to the Pandora mobile app and the web version of Pandora. Playlist functionality is only available for Pandora Premium subscribers.

How to Make a Playlist With the Pandora App

To create a customized playlist in the Pandora app for Android and iOS devices:

  1. Launch the Pandora app and tap the My Collection tab if it's not active.

  2. Tap Filter.

  3. Tap Playlists in the pop-up menu that appears.

  4. Tap New playlist at the top of the screen.

    FIlter, Playlists, New Playlist buttons in Pandora app
  5. Enter a name for the new playlist, then tap Next.

  6. Go to the search bar and enter the name of a song, album, or artist.

    Next button, Find a song to add field
  7. A list of results displays. Tap the Plus (+) symbol next to the song or album you wish to add. Repeat the steps above as many times as you like until you're satisfied with the contents of your new playlist.

    You can also add songs to an existing playlist from the Now Playing screen. Tap the ellipses (...), then tap Add to Playlist when the pop-up menu appears.

  8. To remove a playlist from your Pandora account, tap Delete Playlist. To reorder the items in a playlist, tap and hold a selection, then drag it to a new location.

    Plus button, Delete Playlist button in Pandora app

    At the bottom of the playlist's contents is a note indicating the playlist's total duration.

How to Create a Pandora Playlist From a Web Browser

Follow the steps below if you don't have access to the Android or iOS app, or if you prefer to create a playlist on your computer.

  1. Open a web browser, go to Pandora.com, and select Log In.

    Login button in Pandora on the Web
  2. Enter the email address and password associated with your Pandora account, then select Log In.

    Login button in Pandora on the web
  3. Go to the Playlists tab.

    Playlists tab in Pandora on the web
  4. Select Create playlist in the upper-right corner of the Pandora website.

    Create Playlist button in Pandora on the web
  5. Enter the desired name of your new playlist in the field provided.

    Summertime playlist title in Pandora on the web
  6. Select Find a song to add and enter the name of a song, album, or artist.

    "im on fire" in search for playlist in Pandora on the web
  7. A list of recommendations displays. Select the result you wish to add to your playlist.

    Select Add similar songs to automatically add several tracks from the artists and genres already in the playlist.

  8. Repeat these steps until you're satisfied with the contents of your new playlist. 

    To reorder the songs in your playlist, drag an item to its new location. 

Using Personalized Pandora Playlists

With a Pandora Premium subscription, you also get personalized playlists that are curated based on your listening history and behavior. These playlists are automatically generated and appear in your account from time to time. These playlists provide an alternative to the personally customized options.

These lists are sometimes created after you thumbs up a certain number of songs. You may also see these lists when you've been a Premium customer for a while, and Pandora's algorithms have a better handle on what music you like and dislike.