How to ask Siri to play a specific song on your iPhone or iPad

How to ask Siri to play a specific song on your iPhone or iPad

Sometimes when we're driving or we can't give our undivided attention to looking at our phones, Siri makes it super convenient to get things done. The Music app is no exception and Siri can interact with it in lots of ways, including playing specific songs.

How to play a single song with Siri for iPhone and iPad

  1. Press and hold the Home button on your iPhone or iPad to launch Siri.
  2. Say something like "Play Bad Romance by Lady Gaga."
  3. If there are multiple matches, Siri may ask you to confirm which song you want to play.
  4. The Music app will start playing the given song.

That's all there is to it! While you don't always have to say the artist name, it's helpful and cuts out having to confirm something with Siri, especially if the song title you're requesting is common. Give it a try and let me know in the comments how it works for you!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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How to ask Siri to play a specific song on your iPhone or iPad


I use this all the time when driving. Sadly it only plays that song then stops all music playback. When Siri can queue up tracks (or TV shows if you wanna think ahead to Sept) using iTunes "Up Next" feature then we'll be on to real winner.

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This is awesome. I actually tried this through my Bluetooth unit (w/ boom mic) in my motorcycle helmet. I asked Siri to play different songs and playlists, and it worked. Engaging Siri through this contraption is another story.

Thanks for the tip!

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How do you get Siri to prefer songs that are already downloaded? I use iTunes Match, and invariably, if I ask Siri to play "The Downfall of Us All, by A Day to Remember" it will dutifully start downloading the video to play in my car rather than just playing the already downloaded song from my iPhone memory. It always seems to prefer the version of the song I request that isn't already downloaded over the one that is. I could turn off "show all songs," but that kinda' defeats the purpose of iTunes Match. If I have the studio version of a song downloaded, it will start downloading the live version to play. It makes Siri song requests nearly unusable.