How to Change Order of Songs in Spotify Playlists

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January 27, 2024

Spotify offers a user-friendly interface for playlist creation, making it easy to organize music collections and build personalized music libraries. Premium users have greater control over their listening experiences, as they can manage the playlist song orders from both Spotify mobile and desktop apps. On the other hand, free users can only arrange Spotify playlist songs on the desktop.

Whether you’re a Premium or free user, if you want to refresh your Spotify playlists by changing the default order of songs or moving your favorites to the top for increased visibility, follow this guide to learn how to achieve it on the desktop, mobile device, and anywhere – even for free users.


Change Song Order in Spotify Playlist from Desktop

Both Free and Premium users can rearrange a playlist with the Spotify desktop app in two ways:

  • Fastly sort songs in a playlist by title, album, date added, duration, and more.
  • Customize the order by dragging songs to any place within the playlist.

Method 1. Sort a Spotify Playlist by Title, Album, and More *

* This option is applicable for playlists created both by you and others (Spotify and other users).

Spotify offers a “sort by” feature that allows you to organize the songs in a playlist by title, album, date added, duration, etc. It’s especially useful when you are listening to a big playlist that could not be done within one day. You can sort the songs by title, and easily pick up where you left off the other day.

Here is how you can sort the songs in a Spotify playlist:

  1. Launch the Spotify app and go to a playlist you want to organize the order.
  2. On the top of the song list, click one of the column headers to sort the songs by Title, Album, Date added, or Duration in ascending order.
  3. If you want to organize the songs in descending order, click the column header again.
sort by header

  1. For more sorting choices, click the Menu icon at the top right and open the Sort by menu. You can select Artist to organize the playlist by singers.
sort by artist and more

Method 2. Customize the Song Order in a Spotify Playlist **

If you want to put specific songs at the top of a playlist, you can use drag-and-drop to move the songs. Just click a song and drag it to the desired position within the playlist.


Keep in mind that the playlist must be in Custom order to support the drag-and-drop feature. Otherwise, songs cannot be moved within the playlist. Click the Menu icon at the top right and select Custom Order from the “Sort by” menu if your playlist is organized by other criteria such as title or artist.

in custom order

** This method supports playlists created by you only. If you want to freely change the song order in a playlist created by Spotify or another user, you’ll need to create a playlist from it. To do that, Right-click the playlist and select Create Playlist from the menu. Then you can change the song order in the new playlist created by you.


Change Spotify Playlist Song Order on Mobile

Only Premium users can change the playlist song order on mobile. The Spotify mobile app only allows free users to shuffle-play their playlists.

Spotify Premium members can sort and customize a playlist order with the Spotify mobile app. Remember to turn off the Shuffle or Smart Shuffle mode before rearranging your playlist song order.

Option 1. Sort a Spotify Playlist

To sort a Spotify playlist by time, title, artist, album and more:

  1. Open the Spotify app on your phone or tablet and select a playlist from Your Library.
  2. Swipe down the screen to show the Sort button on the top.
  3. Tap the Sort button and select an option such as “Title”, “Recently added”, and more to organize the playlist alphabetically, timely, etc.


Option 2. Customize the Song Order in a Playlist

Follow these steps to arrange your playlist songs in any order:

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your Android or iOS device, and select a playlist from Your Library.
  2. Tap the three dots under the playlist name, and select Edit from the pop-up menu.
  3. Tap and hold the three bars next to a song, then drag and drop it to the desired position in the playlist.
  4. Tap Save in the top right corner to save your changes.

How to Freely Change Spotify Song Order Anywhere?

Spotify does allow you to change the order of songs in playlists, but this feature comes with limitations, especially for free users using the mobile app. Free users can only shuffle play playlists with ads, preventing them from sorting or customizing the song orders on mobile. Even with a premium subscription, there are certain playlists that do not allow users to change the song order.

To overcome these limitations, consider using the Pazu Spotify Converter to download your playlists to MP3. This specialized tool offers a practical solution for both Spotify Free and Premium users to download all Spotify songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts for offline listening. It can extract Spotify music and convert it into standard formats such as MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, and AAC. This functionality essentially provides Spotify Premium features within a free account. Moreover, the downloaded tracks can be transferred to other MP3-compatible devices, allowing you to freely change the song orders on any device without limitations.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify music with either Spotify’s free or premium account.
  • Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Keep all ID3 tags.
  • Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.
  • Rename Spotify songs with titles, albums, artists, etc.
  • Multilingual interface.

Now, let’s learn how to use Pazu Spotify Music Converter to download and convert Spotify songs with a free subscription from the following tutorial.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install, and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in to your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

Spotify converter

2. Choose the output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner. Here you can select the output format (AUTO[M4A], MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, or AIFF), choose output audio quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files, and more.

download format

3. Select Spotify music

Use the integrated Spotify web player to search the songs, albums, or playlists, you want to download. Click the Add to List button to load all songs in the album or playlist.

add to download list

4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click the Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

start downloading

You can download individual songs or batch-convert the entire playlist.

Download individual songs or specific songs you want

To download individual songs or specific songs of your choice, simply uncheck the ones you don’t want to download.

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Download the entire playlist/album

Check all the songs in the playlist or album to download them all.

download playlist

5. Find Your Downloads in the Local Folder

Once the conversion is done, you can find your Spotify songs downloaded as local files by clicking the folder button or directly going to the output folder you customized in the previous step.

find downloads

Note: The free trial version of Pazu Spotify Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song. You can remove the trial limitation by purchasing the full version.