How to use Siri to play Apple Music

Using Siri with Apple Music allows you to explore music in an entirely new way. You can play what you want, listen to what you want, wherever you want, and do it all using your voice.

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It’s easy to control Apple Music using Siri. Deep integration using voice commands allows you to explore music in an entirely new way.

If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can ask Siri to search the entire music catalog and your personal library. You can also find songs by their lyrics and add new music to your library.

If you don’t have a subscription, you can still search your music library.

Music commands work on all Siri-enabled devices. You'll need to make sure "Hey Siri" works on your iPhone, iPad, HomePod, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac.

We’ve also put together a comprehensive list of the most popular Apple Music Commands to guide you in using Siri to play your music.

Play music with Siri

You can ask Siri to play a specific track or album by name.

Hey Siri, play ‘Take Care’

…and you can be more specific.

Hey Siri, play ‘Take Care’ by ‘Drake’

Ask Siri to play only music from a specific artist, playlist, or genre.

Hey Siri, play music from my ‘classical’ playlist

You can also play music by referencing time.

Hey Siri, play ‘Adele’s’ first album
Hey Siri, play ‘Shawn Mendes’’ last album

It’s possible to ask Siri to play chart-topping songs from a given year, and it will serve up a selection of tracks from the year you specify. Note: this feature isn’t supported in all countries.

Hey Siri, play the top songs from 1985

Play music by mood or activity‌‌

Hey Siri, play music for meditation
Hey Siri, play music for working out

Or combine both!

Hey Siri, play angry music for working out

Control what music is playing‌

Hey Siri, turn on repeat
Hey Siri, shuffle this playlist
Hey Siri, turn the volume to 40%
Hey Siri, turn the volume down

Likewise, you can skip over a song if you wish.

Hey Siri, skip this track

You can move backward and forwards through an album or playlist.

Hey Siri, previous song
Hey Siri, next song

How to play songs by lyrics

Occasionally, we can hear a song we really like and miss the title, but the memorable lyrics have stuck with us.

Hey Siri, play the song that goes (say lyrics)

Get information on songs and singers

Siri can tell you all about the music you are listening to.

Hey Siri, who sings this?
Hey Siri, when did this song come out?
Hey Siri, how many songs are on this album?

Add music to your library

If you really like a song, you can add it to your library.

Hey Siri, add this song to my library
Hey Siri, add this song to my running playlist

Like or dislike music

Siri will learn about your musical tastes from your ‘likes’ and listening habits. A fantastic way to discover new music is to say:

Hey Siri, play some music I like
Hey Siri, play more songs like this

Siri will add up to 50 similar songs for playback.

If you enjoy a song you can ‘like’ it.

Hey Siri, like this song

This will add the song and similar tracks to the ‘For You’ section of Apple Music.

By disliking a song, you can teach Siri what music you don’t want to listen to.

Hey Siri, don’t play this song again
Hey Siri, I don’t like this song

Listen to radio stations

Apple Music has an ever-increasing number of radio stations available to listen to live.

Hey Siri, play Apple 1

Play music in third-party apps

You can listen to music from other music services by specifying the app name in your request.

Hey Siri, play rock music in Spotify

Find out more about using Siri with Spotify.


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.

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