How to Make a Playlist on SoundCloud

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

SoundCloud playlists allow you to organize your favorite music tracks for your enjoyment or for sharing with others online. Anyone can create a playlist on SoundCloud for free by using the SoundCloud app or website. Plus, there's a variety of customization options available.

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

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How to Create a SoundCloud Playlist and Add Tracks

There's no way to create a new playlist on SoundCloud without any tracks. The only way to make a new playlist is by adding a song to it before its creation. This sounds confusing, but it's straightforward and only takes a few minutes to create.

  1. Open the SoundCloud mobile app and tap Search (the magnifying glass icon) in the bottom menu.

    If you're using the SoundCloud website, go to the second step.

  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 More (the three vertical dots located to the right of the track).

    Search options in SoundCloud
  4. Tap Add to playlist.

  5. You are prompted to create a new playlist. Enter a name for the SoundCloud playlist.

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

  6. Tap Done.

    Creating a playlist in SoundCloud

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

Where Are My SoundCloud Playlists?

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

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

How to Remove Tracks From a SoundCloud App Playlist

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

  1. Open the playlist.

  2. Tap More (the three vertical dots).

  3. Tap Edit playlist.

  4. Press and slide to the left or right on the song you wish to remove.

    Removing a song from a SoundCloud playlist
  5. Tap the checkmark or back arrow to finish.

How to Delete Tracks From the SoundCloud Website Playlist

To delete a track from a playlist using the SoundCloud website, do the following:

  1. Open the playlist.

    Playlists displayed in SoundCloud website.
  2. Select Edit.

    Selecting to edit a playlist in SoundCloud website.
  3. Select Tracks.

    Selecting Tracks in SoundCloud website.
  4. Select the X located to the right of the track you wish to remove.

    Selecting a track to remove from a SoundCloud playlist on the web.
  5. Select Save changes.

    The Save Changes button

How to Make a SoundCloud Music & Audio Playlist Public

All new playlists on SoundCloud can either be a Public or Private playlist. A Private playlist is fine if the playlists you create are only for your enjoyment. If you want others to find your playlist and enjoy it, you'll need to make that playlist public.

Making a SoundCloud playlist public simply means that it will be discoverable in search on the SoundCloud website and apps. It will also be shareable.

To change a private playlist to a public one, log in to your account on the SoundCloud website.

Editing Privacy on the iOS or Android app isn't supported.

  1. On the SoundCloud website, open the private playlist denoted by a padlock next to the name of the playlist.

    Selecting a private playlist on SoundCloud website.
  2. Select Edit under the track playing.

    Selecting to edit a playlist on SoundCloud website.
  3. Under Privacy, select Public.

    Selecting to make the playlist public on SoundCloud website.
  4. Select Save Changes.

    The Save Changes button

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

How to Rename a SoundCloud Playlist

A SoundCloud playlist can be renamed at any time and as many times as you like. However, it can only be done on the SoundCloud website and not on the smartphone and tablet apps. Here's how to rename a playlist on the SoundCloud website:

  1. In a browser, open a playlist on the SoundCloud website.

    Playlists displayed in SoundCloud website.
  2. Select Edit under the track playing.

    Selecting to edit a playlist on SoundCloud website.
  3. Under Title, enter a new name for the playlist.

    The Title field
  4. Select Save Changes.

    The Save Changes button

About SoundCloud Playlists Descriptions, Tags, and Categories

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

When editing these fields, it's important to use keywords that are descriptive and used by people searching for the kind of music in your SoundCloud playlist. Think of artists, 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 from an anime series or film, say this. This is 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

On the same screen used to edit a playlist's name and other information, you'll find a link at the top called Metadata. Selecting this shows a variety of options that are useful for professional artists.

You can only edit Metadata on the SoundCloud website.

From this screen, select the songs' License type and enter the 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.

Metadata settings on SoundCloud website.

After editing the Metadata information, select Save changes to publish your information.