How To Add Songs to Your YouTube Music Queue Playlist

YouTube Music allows you to easily build a queue of songs that will play one after the other like a playlist. This queue is called the “Up Next” queue. You can add individual songs, entire albums, or playlists to your Up Next queue to customize your listening experience.

Why Use the Up Next Queue

The Up Next queue in YouTube Music has several benefits:

  • It allows you to line up songs that you want to listen to without having to create an official playlist.
  • You can reorder the songs in the queue on the fly to customize your listening order.
  • It persists across sessions so you can pick up where you left off.
  • You can save the entire queue as a playlist to your library.

How to Add to Your Up Next Queue

There are a few different ways to add music to your Up Next queue:

Add from Search Results

  1. Search for a song, album or playlist.
  2. Click on the three dots next to the result.
  3. Select “Add to queue” from the dropdown menu.

Add from Video Pages

  1. Navigate to the video page for the song.
  2. Click on “Add to queue” below the video title.

Add from Album or Playlist Pages

  1. Navigate to the album or playlist page.
  2. Click on the three dots menu.
  3. Choose “Add to queue” from the dropdown.

You can also add entire albums and playlists all at once from these pages.

Add from Your Library

  1. Go to the “Library” tab.
  2. Find the song, album or playlist you want to add.
  3. Click on the three dots menu.
  4. Select “Add to queue”.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can use keyboard shortcuts while a song is playing to add related songs:

  • Q: Add the current song to the queue.
  • Shift+Q: Add the current album to the queue.
  • Ctrl+Q (Windows) or ⌘+Q (Mac): Add the current playlist to the queue.

Manage Your Up Next Queue

Once you’ve added songs to your Up Next queue, you have options to reorder, remove, or save songs:

Reorder Songs

  1. Tap on “Up Next” in the player.
  2. Press and hold on a song and drag it to a new position.

Remove Songs

  1. Tap on “Up Next” in the player.
  2. Click the x icon on any song to remove it.

Save Queue as Playlist

  1. Tap on “Up Next” in the player.
  2. Click “Save” at the top.
  3. Choose to add it to an existing playlist or create a new one.

Saving your Up Next queue is great for preserving mixes or queues you want to listen to again later.

Up Next Queue Tips

  • Your Up Next queue persists across listening sessions on the same device. Close and re-open the app and your queue will still be there.
  • You can also access and manage your queue from the YouTube Music web player at
  • If you have YouTube Premium, you can download songs, albums or playlists for offline listening. Downloads get automatically added to your Up Next queue.

So in summary, the Up Next queue in YouTube Music gives you an easy way to line up tracks for back-to-back listening without making an official playlist. Add songs from anywhere in the app, reorder on the fly, and even save queues as playlists for later listening. Give it a try next time you want to queue up some tunes!

About the Author

As a long-time YouTube Music user, I have extensive experience building and managing queues to customize my listening sessions. I love discovering new music on YouTube and being able to easily line up songs and albums to sample. The Up Next queue is one of my favorite features, and I wanted to share some tips to help others take advantage of this useful playlist option as well. Whether you want to queue up music videos, remixes, live performances or studio recordings, the YouTube Music queue has you covered!