play·​list | \ˈplā-ˌlist \

Definition of playlist 

: a list of recordings to be played on the air by a radio station also : a similar list used for organizing a personal digital music collection

Examples of playlist in a Sentence

Most of the city's DJs have added the song to their playlists.

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There was an equalizer for getting sound just right, easy to use playlists, visualizers which offered psychedelic images loosely in sync with the music, and heavy customization. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Winamp Is Coming Back in 2019," 15 Oct. 2018 The one thing every legendary Halloween party needs—beyond chic-yet-spooky decor—is is a festive holiday playlist. Micaela English, Town & Country, "The 25 Best Halloween Songs Of All Time," 23 July 2018 What is getting on a popular Spotify playlist worth? Neil Shah, WSJ, "Spotify Uproar Points to the Power of the Playlist," 6 June 2018 As recently as Wednesday, XXXTentacion was featured on the popular Rap Caviar playlist. Doug Maccash,, "David Byrne returns to New Orleans on Oct. 8: Must see," 14 May 2018 The bigger news is that Spotify will take into consideration the conduct of artists when programming playlists and undertaking other editorial initiatives. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Spotify's Lonely Stance Against Alleged Abuse," 10 May 2018 Grab your running shoes, your Spotify playlists and your water bottles and get going. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get moving with these Chicago running and walking trails," 16 Aug. 2017 Get amped for Warped Tour with We the Kings' playlist below. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Takeover Tuesday Playlist: We the Kings Honor Final Warped Tour With Their Favorite Emo Artists," 10 July 2018 Later, Bloomberg reported the music would eventually be added back onto Spotify playlists. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Rapper XXXTentacion Has Reportedly Died After Being Shot in Florida," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of playlist

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of playlist was in 1972

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English Language Learners Definition of playlist

: a list of songs to be played especially by a radio station

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