How to Ask Siri on HomePod to Play Apple Music Playlists, Genres, Moods, and More

One of the primary uses for Siri on HomePod is to control your Apple Music collection. There are ‌Siri‌ voice commands to access content like playlists, genres, moods, like or dislike songs, play more music based on something you heard, start a new station radio, and much more.

Because the list of ‌Siri‌ commands is so long, this guide won’t cover all of the possible options and genres supported by ‌Siri‌, but it should serve as a good starting point for knowing exactly what your ‌HomePod‌ can do with your ‌Apple Library. musical.

Reading lists and library

Your playlists may be the content you’ll interact with most often in ‌Apple Music‌, and ‌Siri‌ on ‌HomePod‌ can play any ‌Apple Music‌ playlist you’ve created in the past on an iOS device or Mac. ‌Siri‌ can also play custom mix playlists from ‌Apple Music‌.

For items in your library, use the “play my” command and ‌Siri‌ will play albums and songs already added to your library. For everything else, ‌Siri‌ will play any songs available on ‌Apple Music‌, even if they’re not yet in your library.

  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, shuffle my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, add this song to my Book Time playlist.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, add this to my library.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play My New Music Mix.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play the A-List Pop playlist.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play my Sam Smith music.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play new Vance Joy music.”

Genres, moods and radio

‌Siri‌ can understand a wide range of commands requesting various musical genres and moods found in ‌Apple Music‌. You can find some of these moods within ‌Apple Music‌ itself by going to the Browse tab, tapping Playlists, and then browsing through all Activities and Moods. You can also request songs based on decades, specific years, and exact dates. We’ve compiled a few examples below to get you started.

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  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play some recent pop music.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play some relaxing music.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, put on some romantic music.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, put on some dance music.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play the best 90s songs.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play the top 10 songs of 1986.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play the best song from April 17, 1992.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, make a radio station based on The Killers.”

Here are some examples of additional keywords you might enter in the above commands:

  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Lazy
  • Dark
  • Calmed down
  • Fun
  • Romance
  • Weekend
  • Cooking
  • Party
  • Coaching
  • Focus
  • Motivation
  • Bedtime

You’ll also find the same results for pretty much every genre, like Country, Alternative, Blues, and others.

General commands

There are several commands you can pass to ‌Siri‌ to control music playback, with some examples below.

  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, put on some music.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, pause.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, skip this song.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, skip ahead 30 seconds.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, back up 10 seconds.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, previous track.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, volume up/down.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, turn up the volume to 50%.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, turn on snooze.”

Other commands

  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play Party in the US.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, I like/dislike this.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, what song is that?”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, what was the name of the last song?”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, who sings this?”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, who’s the drummer in this?”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, what year is this song from?”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, how many songs are on this album?”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play more like this.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, after that Rolling in the Deep piece.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, play Florence and the Machine.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, tell me more about this artist.”
  • “Hey ‌Siri‌, I want to hear the live version of this song.”

If you ever want to revisit the playlists and radio stations that ‌Siri‌ creates for you via voice commands on ‌HomePod‌, head to the For You tab in ‌Apple Music‌. If you scroll down a bit, you should see “Recently Played” filled with content that ‌Siri‌ has played on ‌HomePod‌.

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If you have any other useful ‌Siri‌ commands that we haven’t mentioned, be sure to share them in the comments.

George L. Hernandez