iTunes 11: How to Queue Next Song

Apple iTunes 11 introduced a new way to add songs to a queue. You can now easily queue songs in a list.

Option 1 – Arrow Options

Select the arrow next to the song you wish to queue, then select Play Next.

iTunes Play Next option

Option 2 – Drag and Drop

You can drag and drop the songs you to the top portion of the screen to queue them. This method even works with multiple songs.

iTunes Drag to queue

Select the song menu to see what’s up next.

iTunes Music Menu

To remove songs from the queue, mouse over the song, then select the X on the left side.

iTunes remove songs from queue


iTunes 10 and Lower

If you’re still using an older version of iTunes, you would use the DJ or Party Shuffle feature to queue songs.

The Party Shuffle contains a menu when you right-click a song for Play Next in Party Shuffle.

You may ask How do I add songs to the Party Shuffle? Just right click the song in your normal playlist and select Add to Party Shuffle.


  1. Juhan Leemet says

    Well, you can still use “Play Next”, any number of times. It doesn’t “cancel” the currently playing tune. That will play to the end. You don’t have to use “Add”, but you can. The only weird thing about using “Play Next” a number of times is that the LAST “Play Next” really does play next, right after the current song finishes. The previous “Play Next” will play after that, etc. So they sort of get “pushed” on a stack, instead of queued up:

    Currently Playing
    Last “Play Next”
    Previous “Play Next”

    1st “Play Next”
    …other tunes randomly added by DJ
    …tunes you “Add”ed

    You sort of get the hang of it after a while. I also find editing/deleting DJ random selections a PITA. However, if you keep 15 of your own selections in the DJ queue, then the automatic DJ selections never get added. DJ will only put/keep 15 tunes into the queue. It will not replace any of yours.

  2. Juhan Leemet says

    I was perplexed by this, too, until I followed some arguments on another forum. We should stop arguing, and just “try it”. The “iTunes DJ” IS actually what you want! It is just named in a weird way (it was Party Shuffle, which people maybe associate too strongly with the CD changers “shuffle mode”). As the top post says (and don’t get hung up on the “names”), start iTunes DJ, set it to start playing any tune. Go to your library, highlight a tune, and right click either: 1) “Play next in iTunes DJ” to put it in the queue immediately after current song, or 2) “Add to iTunes DJ” which puts it at the end of the current list/queue. The only “scary” operation is how to remove something from the iTune DJ queue? You have to use “Delete”, which asks for confirmation you want to remove the song(s) from the list. Yikes! but that is the DJ list, NOT the library (which prompts ask about moving file to trash). I’m enjoying playing with this now (listening to Arcade Fire!). BTW, if you don’t like the current song, the normal “>>” (next) control works on the iTunes DJ queue. It WORKS! Enjoy!
    p.s. If someone knows how to manage lists (of 3 or 4 tunes, as in tango tanda) and add them as a group to iTunes DJ, that would be awesome!

  3. Anders says

    I agree as well, please Apple do something about it! If Winamp, Spotify and all other music services has the feature, why not you?

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