A playlist is a list of video or audio files that can be played back on a media player either sequentially or in a shuffled order.[1] In its most general form, an audio playlist is simply a list of songs, but sometimes a loop.[2] The term has several specialized meanings in the realms of television broadcasting, radio broadcasting and personal computers.

A playlist can also be a list of recorded titles on a digital video disk. On the Internet, a playlist can be a list of chapters in a movie serial; for example, Flash Gordon in the Planet Mongo is available on YouTube as a playlist of thirteen consecutive video chapters.


The term originally came about in the early days of top 40 radio formats[citation needed] when stations would devise (and, eventually, publish) a limited list of songs to be played. The term would go on to refer to the entire catalog of songs that a given radio station (of any format) would draw from. Additionally, the term was used to refer to an ordered list of songs played during a given time period.[3] Playlists are often adjusted based on time of day, known as dayparting.

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