How to Create a Pandora Playlist

Pandora Premium users get personalized soundtracks too

As Pandora gets to know your preferences better, its choice of tracks becomes more refined and geared toward what you like to hear. If you want more control over which songs are played, you should learn how to create a playlist on Pandora. Pandora playlists allow you to integrate songs or full albums into a personalized list to be played 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 from within the Pandora app for Android and iOS devices:

  1. Launch the Pandora app and tap the My Collection tab if it's not already 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 your new playlist, then tap Next.

  6. Type the name of a song, album, or artist in the search bar. 

    Next button, Find a song to add field
  7. A list of results should now be displayed. Tap the Plus (+) symbol next to the song or album you wish to add. Repeat 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 at any time, tap Delete Playlist. To reorder the items in your playlist, tap and hold a selection, then drag it to its new location. 

    Plus button, Delete Playlist button in Pandora app

    At the bottom of your 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 do not have access to the Android or iOS app, or if you’d just prefer to create a playlist on your computer instead.

  1. Navigate to Pandora.com in any web browser 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. Select the Playlists tab.

    Playlists tab in Pandora on the web
  4. Select Create playlist in the top-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 type 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 should now be displayed. Select the result you wish to add to your playlist. 

    Select Add similar songs to automatically add several tracks from the same artist or genre as others already in your playlist.

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

    To reorder the songs in your playlist, simply click and 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 will appear in your account from time to time, providing a suitable alternative to the personally customized options should you choose to listen to them.

These lists are sometimes created after you thumbs up a certain number of songs, or 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.