Playlist searches only play searched tracks

Playlist searches only play searched tracks





United Kingdom


Mac, Windows

Operating System

Windows 10 & Latest Desktop iOS


My Question or Issue

So I have a few big playlists that I enjoy, but sometimes I want to start from a specific track. I search the track or artist in the playlist and play it, but when I do the playlist only plays the tracks that came up in the search. The rest of the tracks in the playlist are omitted and it's really frustrating.

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Hey there @_vince,


Thank you for your post here in the Community.


This is expected behavior. However, if you'd like this feature to change and you think your suggestion will appeal to other users you can always create an idea on the relevant idea board. We always take new ideas and feedback into consideration to improve the app. 


You can read more about how your feedback reaches Spotify here.


We're always testing things by adding or removing features to make Spotify better overall and we’re constantly aiming to improve our features. We’re sorry that this means you’re not able to use Spotify like you wish to do at the moment.


Let us know if we can help you with anything else. 


Take care!

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On the mobile version I don't have this problem, I can search for an artist or song in a playlist choose the song and the whole playlist will play/shuffle like normal, but on Desktop if I search for a song in a playlist it will only play/shuffle the songs that come up in the search. I never used to have this problem on Desktop though.


Hi there @_vince


Thanks for getting back in touch. 


As @Jeremy mentioned, this is expected behavior on the desktop app. 


No worries, you can go ahead and submit your idea about having this possibility on the desktop app as well, so that other users can also support it. The higher the number of votes an idea gets, the more likely it is for it to be implemented.


If you need help with anything else, just let us know.

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Literally why would that be expected behavior?? It doesn't work like that on the mobile app and the repeat one track option is pretty easy to use if that's what I was wanting? That's such a stupid design feature.


Hi there @BillieLiar,


The search option acts as a filter, so it filters out all content that doesn't match your criteria.


So if you search your playlist for "Metallica" you'll only get results containing that word. This is helpful when you want to listen only to the tracks from that artist or album in your playlist.


After searching for a song, you should be able to click it. It will start playing, after that you can clear the search criteria from the search bar, and music should continue playing from that song onwards. 


Hope this answers your question.

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