How To Make A Playlist On SoundCloud

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

SoundCloud playlists are a feature that allows 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 app or website. Plus, there's a variety of customization options are available.

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

Spotify iOS app on an iPhone connected to a pair of white headphones.

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 its creation. This sounds confusing, but it’s actually straightforward and only takes a few minutes to create.

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

    If you're using the SoundCloud website, you can jump straight 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 on the 3 vertical dots (More) to its right.

    Search options in SoundCloud
  4. Tap Add to playlist.

  5. You will be prompted to create a new playlist. Enter 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.

    Creating a playlist in SoundCloud

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 App Playlist

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

  1. Open the playlist.

  2. Tap More (3 vertical dots).

  3. Tap Edit playlist.

  4. Press and slide to the left or right 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 via 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 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 have the choice of either being a Public or Private playlist.. A Private playlist 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 you'll have to log into your account on the SoundCloud website.

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

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

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

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

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

    The Save Changes button

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. Here's how to rename your playlist on the SoundCloud website:

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

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

    Selecting to edit a playlist on SoundCloud website.
  3. Under Title, enter the new name of your 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 which can be used to make it more discoverable by other users searching 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. Selecting this will show you a variety of options that are useful for professional artists.

You can only edit 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.

Metadata settings on SoundCloud website.

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