With the release of WordPress 3.9 comes the in-built functionality to use Audio Playlists which is pretty cool. These Audio files have to be local to the WordPress installation unfortunately you can’t file remote at this stage such as in Amazon S3.

You upload MP3s via the Add Media option in the WordPress Media Library


WordPress Media Library

Some files maybe on the large size, so you may need to increase the allowable upload file size limit as enforced by your hosting provider or if you run your own box you change the settings in upload_max_filesize and post_max_size.

Once the audio is uploaded just go to the post or page you want the playlist on, click on the Add Media in the visual editor tool bar and select “Create Audio Playlist


Create Audio Playlist




Add in Titles and Captions

Then select the Audio files you want and add in Title, Caption and Description and click Create a new Playlist




Reorder the play list or toggle certain data and then insert onto the page.




One playlist delivered and functions well with the inbuilt mediaelement audio player which will play the audio with the native HTML5 Audio element on capable browsers and fall back to flash on non-HTML 5 browsers, so it’s totally cross platform.

You can add some CSS styling to enhance the look and also get rid of the default music image symbol – which really should be an icon font. Since the medieelement CSS styles load later you can use a parent container Class to target the elements.

/* Audio Playlist */

.entry-content .wp-audio-playlist {
	background: #000000;
	color: #fff;

.entry-content .wp-playlist-item .wp-playlist-caption, .entry-content  .wp-playlist-length {
	color: #009999;
	border-bottom: none;

.entry-content .wp-playlist-current-item img {
	display: none;

.entry-content .wp-playlist-current-item:before {
	content: "f127";
	font-size: 30px;
	font-family: dashicons;
	display: inline-block;
	float: left;
	margin-right: 15px;

.entry-content .wp-playlist-item {
	padding: 5px 3px;


Will give us:


Sprinkle some CSS



  1. Kristine on November 12, 2015 at 2:17 am

    My audio list plays fine until the second video (Flatwoods) is played then the audio plays through the video player. Is there something I can do to get the audio playlist to play in the audio section and stay out of the videos below? Thank you.

  2. simon on April 24, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Now I’ve made some big changes to the site: changed theme, modified the url of articles, created new menu etc.

    The playlists now don’t work anymore. If I put a single audio file it works, but when I try to insert a playlist, the player is displayed but still does not work.
    If I change to the old theme the problem is still there.

    Anyone can help me? thanks

  3. Kay on March 7, 2015 at 7:39 am

    This is a great idea! Thank you.

    I have been able to get the playlist to work, and put it in the sidebar. However, I’m not a coder, and in WordPress.com I will have no access to change theme code, etc.

    Is there any way to somehow make the audio player grab the existing font sizes & colors, etc., that are built into my free WordPress Bouquet theme? I’m in localhost for now, testing before going live….

    Thanks in advance….

  4. AJ on January 13, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I can’t seem to get the playlist to show at all. Is that weird?

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