The Complete Guide To YouTube Playlists

Playlists are a fantastic YouTube tool that not enough video creators and video viewers take advantage of. We've put together a guide to tell you everything you need to know about YouTube Playlists, from the benefits of creating playlists to how to make a playlist and everything in between.

Playlists are a fantastic YouTube tool that not enough video creators and video viewers take advantage of. We’ve put together a guide to tell you everything you need to know about YouTube Playlists, from the benefits of creating playlists to how to make a playlist and everything in between.

What Is A YouTube Playlist?

Before we get into how to create a playlist or why a YouTuber would want to create a playlist, I think it’s important to give a brief explanation of what a playlist is. A playlist in YouTube is a list, or group, of videos that plays in order, one video after the other. When one video finishes playing, the next starts automatically so you don’t have to click or search to start playing a new video. Playlists are usually grouped by subject, such as this playlist about elephants or this playlist of Lady Gaga videos. However, you can create a playlist of any videos you want, related or not, to share with your friends, your fans or just to keep track of your favorite videos for yourself.

Check out the screenshot below to see what a YouTube playlist looks like. As you can see, videos are queued up in order to be watched by the viewer, who can watch them all or click through to watch only the videos they want to see.

Why Would I Want To Create Playlists?

There are several reasons to create playlists. Some of them apply to viewers, and others apply to video creators with YouTube channels. We’ll talk about the uses for viewers and creators separately.

Viewer Playlists

As a YouTube viewer playlists can be a helpful way to organize and keep track of your favorite videos. You can keep themed playlists of all the videos you like the best (i.e. a stop motion animation playlist with all your favorite stop motion videos), you can make a playlist of music videos for your daily background music, you can make a list of your favorite videos and share it with your friends, and more. That way, the next time you want to share some of your favorite videos with your friends you don’t have to search for each video individually. Just go back to the playlist you created, and you can easily share them all!

Creator Playlists

As a video content creator there are a few good reasons to create YouTube playlists. The first reason is to organize your videos into groups or themes to make it easier for your viewers to find the content they enjoy most. For instance, if you have 100 videos and 10 are about lizards, 17 are about vacations and 24 are music videos you can group these topics into separate lists. Therefore, viewers who are into lizards can easily watch a playlist of all your lizard videos, viewers looking for vacation ideas can easily watch a playlist of all your vacation ideas and so on.

It is also important to note that playlists are indexed separately in searches on YouTube. This means that if you create playlists your videos will be more discoverable. If someone searches for “lizard”, not only will each of your lizard videos come up in the search results, but your lizard playlist will as well!

Playlists also get your viewers to watch more of your videos in one sitting. In a playlist, as soon as one of your videos stops playing another one begins. If a viewer watches one of your videos that is not in a playlist then they have to make the choice to click and watch another one of your videos. Because it happens automatically with a playlist your viewers are likely to watch a larger number of your videos in one sitting.

How Do I Make A Playlist?

Now that you know what a playlist is and what the benefits of creating playlists are, it’s time to make your first playlist. So how do you get started?

Creating Your Playlist

There are a couple of ways to create a playlist in YouTube. The first way is to sign in to your account and go to your ‘My Videos’ page. On the navigation bar on the left side you’ll see a section for ‘Playlists’. Click on the ‘+New’ button to create a new playlist. A pop-up box will prompt you to enter a title, description and tags for your playlist. Fill in the information, and click ‘Create Playlist’ to save your playlist.