Definition of playlist in US English:

playlist

noun

  • 1A list of recorded songs or pieces of music chosen to be broadcast on a radio show or by a particular radio station.

    • ‘Listeners from all over the North East jammed the lines to ask Mike Parr to have the song put on the radio station's playlist.’
    • ‘It provides a way for good bands to reach big audiences directly, bypassing the gatekeepers and their straightjacketed radio playlists.’
    • ‘We know that a playlist is a named list of songs with a title.’
    • ‘They're just looking for music they can no longer find on the tight playlists of their local radio stations.’
    • ‘They argue that in a rapidly consolidating industry increasingly dominated by a few major broadcasters, many local radio stations employ cookie-cutter formats and limited, music playlists.’
    • ‘Billboard's hot 100 chart, which has been published for 50 years, is compiled from a national sample of sales reports and radio playlists.’
    • ‘In a few weeks it'll no doubt be populating radio station playlists everywhere and will be impossible to escape.’
    • ‘Did you actually think that there's someone employed to painstakingly think up playlists for radio stations and write them up by hand or something?’
    • ‘Seeing that music radio has degenerated into playlists of 100 songs, the time is right to take broadcasting out of the studios of the radio programmers and put it in the hands of the commuters.’
    • ‘During the past several years we have successfully introduced artists who couldn't find space in conventional music stores or on traditional radio playlists.’
    • ‘With Southern and Midwestern rappers rising to prominence over the past few years, the birthplace of hip-hop has only constituted about a third of rap radio playlists.’
    • ‘They would be the ever-changing, hard - but clearly not impossible - to pin down youth stations, where the playlists change as often as the musical fashions.’
    • ‘At a time when radio playlists are tighter and any kind of exposure is hard to come by, 365,000 copies of my work now will be heard.’
    • ‘So, I've decided to start putting up playlists from my radio show, partly so I can remember just what I play each week.’
    • ‘Why are commercial radio playlists so short and boring?’
    • ‘Radio playlists have been shrinking and TV stations are playing fewer videos.’
    • ‘Commercial radio's playlists are focused largely on just five formats: country, pop, solid gold, classic rock and news.’
    • ‘Marketing/promotion decisions, image-creation, and radio station playlists are all built around how artists and their music are perceived.’
    • ‘The rationale for the alternative rock station is to provide Dubliners aged 18 to 34 with an antidote to the pop-saturated playlists on existing stations.’
    • ‘As long as the money is flowing, vastly superior artists on relatively humble independent label budgets are pushed off of big radio's playlists from day one.’
    1. 1.1 A list of digital files to be played on a portable media player, computer, etc.
      ‘you can stream tracks or save playlists to your phone to listen offline’
      • ‘The user can listen to stored music using playlists or listen to streaming Internet radio.’
      • ‘It can even open your media player, load the playlist and play the files in track order.’
      • ‘You can just create and edit real playlists on the phone.’
      • ‘The new player acts as a Web radio tuner and a jukebox that allows users to create playlists.’
      • ‘You can manipulate the music in the playlist, or in individual albums, as if they were all one massive CD.’
      • ‘Playlists are managed by creating a text file that contains the full path to all the MP3s you want to play.’
      • ‘You are ready to slalom down an awesome ski slope, with an adrenaline-pumping playlist cued up on your MP3 player.’
      • ‘Being a beta program, it doesn't provide a graphical user interface (GUI) for creating and manipulating playlists.’
      • ‘The core functionality of an on-demand music player was extended with playlist management and music updates.’
      • ‘Smart Playlists allow you to create your own playlists by specifying an unlimited number of criteria.’

Pronunciation

playlist

/ˈplāˌlist//ˈpleɪˌlɪst/