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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And of course, Johnnyswim, the band behind their old HGTV show's theme song, is featured on the playlist as well. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Released a Christmas Playlist So You Can Listen to All Their Favorite Songs," 23 Dec. 2018 Try Not to Sing Challenge Create a new Spotify playlist and have everyone add their favorite sing-along songs. Gather around and listen to snippets of each song while trying not join in along. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 The Four Tops and Motorhead are on the same playlist. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 2018 Spotify put drake’s face on every playlist but told me they’d have to teach me a lesson for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Travis Scott Reportedly Requested He and Kylie Jenner Be Moved Away From Nicki Minaj at VMAs 2018," 21 Aug. 2018 The song should be pulled from playlists and effectively banned because its lyrics, on close inspection, are somewhat rapey. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Baby, There’s a Chilling Effect Outside," 3 Jan. 2019 Our advice: Crank up your favorite playlist, or put on your favorite workout attire)... and power on through. SELF, "Lower-Body Dumbbell Workout," 31 Dec. 2018 Anyone looking to add exceptional local acts to their playlists should look no further than this week’s concerts. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Mother Nature, Vesperteen, Paul Cherry," 12 Dec. 2017 Later, XXXTentacion was restored to playlists after an outcry from fans and people in the music industry. NBC News, "Spotify reverses course, will not take action on artists accused of mistreating women," 1 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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