Siri Apple Music commands list

Get all that you can out of using Siri with Apple Music on your iPhone iPad and Apple TV, with this guide to the most popular and useful commands.

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

Here are some basic commands to use when getting started with using Siri to control Apple Music. They fall into four categories.

Activate Siri on an iPhone by using one of these options:

  1. Say “Hey Siri” followed by your request.
  2. Press and hold the Side button (iPhone X and newer) or Home button (iPhone 8 and older) on your iPhone.

(If this doesn't work, learn how to set up Siri on an iPhone).

Playback commands

Control playback of your music. Play, pause, and rewind songs. Adjust the volume and skip music.

Name Category
Next song Playback
Pause this song Playback
Play some music Playback
Play this song from the beginning Playback
Previous song Playback
Repeat this song Playback
Skip this song Playback
Increase the volume Playback
Set volume to fifty percent Playback

Specific requests

Use Siri to ask for a particular song, album, or artist, as well as edit playlists and make more general requests, like years, genres, moods, and activities.

Name Category
Add this to my [name] playlist Requests
Listen to [artist] Requests
Play a live version of this song Requests
Play something [mood - such as happy] Requests
Play some [activity - such as workout] music Requests
Play something new Requests
Play the [film] soundtrack Requests
Play the newest song by [artist] Requests
Play the number one song right now Requests
Play [title] by [artist] Requests
Play top 10 songs from [artist] Requests
Play top 10 songs from [year] Requests
Shuffle my [name] playlist Requests
Sing me a song Requests
What is the newest album by [artist]? Requests


Ask for further details on a song playing, such as who sings it, when it was released, and what the song is called.

Name Category
What was the top song in [year]? Questions
What was the top song on [date]? Questions
What's this song? Questions
When was this recorded? Questions
When was this song released? Questions
Who's the drummer in this? Questions
Who sings this? Questions

Give your opinions

You can tell Siri which songs you like and which ones you never want to hear again! As well as rate music you enjoy, so you can playback your highest-rated tracks another time.

Name Category
Like this song Opinions
Never play this song again Opinions
Rate this song five stars Opinions

Shazam integration

Apple recently bought Shazam, an app that can recognize music, TV shows, movies, and more based on a snippet of sound. When you can hear music playing out in a bar or club, and want to know what it is, say:

Hey Siri, ‘What song is this?’ or ‘What’s this song?’

Siri replies, 'Let me listen' and will most likely take a few seconds to recognize the song.

Once it does, Siri will respond by saying something like 'I can name that tune.' and will speak both the title and artist, show the song cover and provide a 'buy' or 'add' link to the Apple Music store.

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.