How To Make A Playlist On SoundCloud

Creating and editing a SoundCloud playlist is fast on mobile and PC

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SoundCloud playlists are a feature that allow you to organize your favorite music tracks for your own personal enjoyment or for sharing with others online.

Anyone can create a playlist on SoundCloud for free by using the SoundCloud apps and website, and a variety of customization options are available.

Here's everything you need to know about making and editing playlists on SoundCloud.

How To Create A SoundCloud Playlist And Add Tracks

Unfortunately there's no way to create a new playlist on SoundCloud without any tracks, so the only way to make a new playlist is by adding a song to it before it's even been made. This sounds confusing but it's actually very straightforward and only takes a minute or so.

  1. Open the SoundCloud mobile app and tap the search icon in the bottom menu. If you're using the SoundCloud website, you can jump straight to the second step.

    Creating a playlist in SoundCloud on an iPhone.
  2. Tap the search bar at the top of the screen and type the name of the song that you want to add to a SoundCloud playlist.

    You can also search for a song by entering the artist's name or the album on which it's featured.

  3. From the search results, locate the track you want to add and tap on the ellipsis to its right.

    Creating a playlist in the iOS SoundCloud app.
  4. Tap Add to playlist.

  5. You will be prompted to create a new playlist called New private playlist. Replace this default text with your preferred name for the SoundCloud playlist.

    SoundCloud playlist names can be anything you want so they can be as creative or wild as you like. More flamboyant titles may garner more attention, which is something to keep in mind if you want to make your playlist public.

  6. Tap Done.

Your SoundCloud playlist will now be created and your song will be added to it. Repeat this process to add more songs to your playlist which will now be available as an option.

Where Are My SoundCloud Playlists?

All of your playlists on SoundCloud can be located within the Library section of the SoundCloud website and apps.

On the SoundCloud smartphone and tablet apps, you can get to the Library tab by tapping on the icon that looks like three books in the bottom menu.

How To Remove Tracks From A SoundCloud Playlist

Songs can be removed from any of your playlists on SoundCloud on both mobile and desktop.

Removing a song from a playlist on the SoundCloud iOS app.

To remove a song from a SoundCloud playlist on mobile, open the playlist, tap the ellipsis, tap Edit playlist, tap the red circle next to the track you want to remove, and then tap Remove to completely delete it from your playlist. When you're finished removing tracks, tap Done.

To delete a track from a playlist via the SoundCloud website, open the playlist and then click Edit followed by Tracks. Click the small x next to each song you want to remove and then click Save changes when you're done.

How To Make A SoundCloud Music & Audio Playlist Public

All new playlists on SoundCloud are private by default. This is fine if the playlists you create are only for your own personal enjoyment, but if you want others to find them and enjoy them you'll need to make them public.

Making a SoundCloud playlist public simply means that they'll be discoverable in search on the SoundCloud website and apps. They'll also be shareable.

To change a private playlist to a public one on mobile, open the playlist within the SoundCloud app, tap on the ellipsis, and tap Make playlist public

If you're using the SoundCloud website on desktop, you can change the status of a playlist by opening the playlist, clicking on Edit, selecting Public, and clicking Save changes.

Editing a SoundCloud playlist on the web.

If you ever need to make a playlist private, simply repeat these steps and select Private instead of Public.

How To Rename A SoundCloud Playlist

Your SoundCloud playlist can be renamed at any time and as many times as you like, but it can only be done on the SoundCloud website and not on the smartphone and tablet apps.

Editing a SoundCloud playlist on the web.

To rename your playlist on a SoundCloud, open the playlist and click Edit. This will open box with a variety of playlist options which you can change including its title, category, release date, genre, tags, and description. You can also upload a custom image for your playlist on this screen.

Once all of your changes have been made, click Save changes.

About SoundCloud Playlists Descriptions, Tags, And Categories

Every playlist on SoundCloud has a variety of fields which can be used to make it more discoverable by other users in search on SoundCloud, as well as popular search engines like Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.

When editing these fields, it's important to use keywords that are both descriptive and likely to be used by people searching for the kind of music in your SoundCloud playlist. Think of artist and album names and genres that the songs would fit into.

Feel free to write about who your playlist might appeal to. If you think anime fans might like some of the music, even if the songs aren’t actually from an anime series or film, say this. This is actually information that many SoundCloud users will find useful.

If the songs are featured on a popular TV show or movie, make sure to mention them in a tag and in the description as well.

How To Add Copyright Info To A SoundCloud Playlist

From the same screen used to edit a playlist's name and other information is a link at the top called Metadata. Clicking on this link will show you a variety of options that are useful for professional artists.

Editing playlist metadata on the SoundCloud website.

From this screen you can select your songs' license type and enter your record label, if you have one. You can also enter a web link in the Buy-link field to link to a website where listeners can purchase your audio creations. This can be your official website or an online digital storefront like Amazon or iTunes.

After editing your Metadata information, make sure to click Save changes to publish your information.