[Playlists] More Playlist Sorting Options

Sort options within Spotify are severely lacking.


First, what's lacking outright:

sort by year, total plays, personal playcount, current popularity, genre, tempo, etc.


On top of that, sorting should be stackable, e.g. sort by album by year, or sort artist by total plays, etc.


This could apply to within the artists' pages as well, allowing us to sort through all their songs to better find music that suits our tastes.


Lastly, this could lend itself to the creation of smart playlists, e.g. a playlist that pulls songs from my collection (or from another playlist) that are within a certain genre and released in a particular year.


iTunes has had these features for many, many years - it's time that Spotify catch up!

Updated on 2020-01-23

Hi folks. Thanks for all your votes and comments. We like this idea, but at the moment we're not planning to do this.

If something should change we'll be sure to come back and provide an update.

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Status changed to: New Idea

Updated on 2018-10-11

Marked as new idea, which is a repost of this inactive idea.


Good luck! I've been asking for this for YEARS. Would love to see a "Sort by... Recently Updated" as well, because how irritating is it to open Spotify just to see that you have new music downloading, but no idea which playlist amongst the 100s that I have is actually updating. Sure, I could scroll and see which one doesn't have the green download symbol next to it at that time, but chances are I'm going to forget the name of that playlist within seconds, or it will download and update so fast I don't even get that chance. The ability to sort by different categories would be absolutely phenomenal.


Yes please! sort by year!!!!


Playlists: Coming from a DJ background Playlists are my life. Currently the app provides a 'Section' called 'Playlists' which comprises of 'all playlists' however I would recommend an option to create sub-folders. Folder system which allows to categorize for example Click Playlist then click Electronic, within Electronic playlist we have House Playlist, EDM Playlist, Dubstep playlist etc. Allowing for more configuration. Even section which is 'Followed Playlist' and 'Personal Playlists' to separate from public/private playlists.

This actually already is an option, but it has to be done from the desktop app vs on the phone!
Please share how to accomplish the Playlist sorting?

When on the desktop version of Spotify, and on a Mac, go to File > New Playlist Folder.

I'm sure it is very similar on a PC as well.


I like the idea of having more detailed information on your user play count! 


It would be very cool if there was a user playlist section where regular users could submit their own playlists to compete essentially to be featured on best playlist of the week or month or year section!


I also agree with the concept of more options to sort songs in playlist and artist pages


Love this idea.


I'm gonna add and comment on some of the sub-ideas:

Chances are, it might be interesting to add a personal play count counter just to see how many songs I've listened to "a million times." There could be some type of display that shows which songs on Spotify you've played the most, ranking every song you have saved or downloaded. There could even be an online feature, where you compare who listened to the song the most! There's potential for a new Guinness World Record in the making...


From what I know, sort by year was added, however, I wish that you could click on a year (for example, 1977), and see what else in the genre you're listening to was released during that year or something.


Genre tags could also be a neat idea. For example, I could label "Back In Black" as a Rock song in my Saved Song list, and when I make a new playlist, I have the option to create a new playlist and add in all the songs with a label or something along those lines. It works as peoples' moods tend to fluctuate, and someone could want to go from heavy to mellow in a matter of seconds.


A song key finder/BPM could be useful for musicians or people who make high-energy, exercise playlists as well.


Finally, the organization options, like being able to sort by years, albums by years, artist by plays, etc. sounds great!





I've been wanting the sort by plays too!!! I wanna play the songs I hear the least, first.