Can you see previously played songs on Apple Music?

Apple Music is a popular music streaming service that allows you to access over 90 million songs. With Apple Music, you can not only stream songs but also see what you’ve previously listened to. So yes, you can see your recently played songs on Apple Music.

How to View Your Recently Played Songs

There are a couple of ways to see your recently played tracks on Apple Music. Here are the steps:

On iPhone/iPad

  1. Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the “Listen Now” tab at the bottom.
  3. Scroll down and tap on “Recently Played.”

This section shows the songs and albums you’ve recently listened to on Apple Music. The most recent tracks are shown at the top.

On Mac

  1. Launch the Music app on your Mac.
  2. Click on “Recently Played” in the sidebar menu.

This will display all your recently played music on Apple Music.

On Apple TV

  1. Open the Music app on your Apple TV.
  2. Go to the Listen Now tab.
  3. Select “Recently Played” to see your recent tracks.

So those are the steps to view your recently played music on Apple devices. It’s quite simple!

How Far Back Can You See Your Listening History?

Apple Music tracks your recently played songs for the last 3 months. So you can go back and view the tracks you listened to in the last 90 days.

Anything older than 3 months will not show up in your recently played history. Apple Music regularly refreshes the activity and removes songs older than 90 days.

See Your Top Songs and Artists

In addition to recently played, Apple Music also tracks your top songs and artists based on your listening activity.

To see your top songs:

  1. Go to the Listen Now tab.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Top 25 Most Played.”

This will display your top songs for the last 3-6 months. The number of plays is displayed next to each track.

To see your top artists:

  1. Go to the Listen Now tab.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Top Artists.”

This section shows the artists you’ve listened to the most over the last 3-6 months. Your top artists are ranked with the most popular ones first.

So checking your top songs and artists is another way to reflect on your recent music activity.

View Song and Album Details

When you are viewing your recently played tracks or top songs, you can tap on any item to see more details.

Tapping on a song name opens up the song page, where you can see the full metadata like:

  • Album name
  • Artist
  • Release year
  • Genre
  • Duration
  • Number of plays

You can also play the song directly from this page.

If you tap on an album name, it will open the album page. Here you can view all the tracks in that album and play them.

So you get full visibility into all your recently played content.

See Songs You’ve Added

Beyond just listening history, you may also want to see the songs and albums you’ve added to your Apple Music library.

Here’s how to view your recently added content:

  1. Open Apple Music and tap Browse.
  2. Tap Recently Added.

From here, you can see albums and playlists that you’ve recently saved for your music collection. It also shows any Apple Music playlists that you’ve added.

This helps you keep track of music you’ve actively chosen by adding them to your library for listening.

Recover Deleted Songs

If you accidentally delete a song or album you’ve added in the past 90 days, you can recover it. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Recently Deleted under Library.
  2. Find the deleted items.
  3. Tap Recover to restore them.

Recently Deleted will keep your deleted content for 90 days before permanently removing them. So you have a 3 month window to recover anything you regret deleting.

How Apple Music Tracks Your Activity

You may be wondering – how does Apple Music actually keep track of your listening history and picks your favorites?

Apple Music uses advanced algorithms and machine learning to analyze your usage patterns.

Some key signals used include:

  • Number of times you’ve played a song or album.
  • How much of the song you listened to before skipping.
  • If you re-listened to a track or album repeatedly.
  • If you’ve added the song to your library.

Based on these signals and more, Apple Music can deliver personalized playlists like Recently Played, Top Songs, Top Artists and other recommendations.

The more you use Apple Music, the better it gets at understanding your music taste and preferences.

Listening Across Devices

Your Apple Music listening activity is synced across devices using your Apple ID.

So whether you listen on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch or Apple TV – your play history is seamlessly tracked across all platforms.

You can start listening on one device, and pick up right where you left off when switching to another. It’s all integrated with your account.

Private Listening

Apple Music does not share your listening data with your friends or the public. Your recent plays, favorites and library are private to you.

Other users can’t see what you’ve been listening to or your favorite artists. So feel free to enjoy any genre or artist without worrying about others judging your music taste!

Delete Listening History

If for some reason you want to erase your Apple Music listening history and start fresh, you can delete it.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy > Analytics & Improvements.
  2. Tap Reset Statistics to permanently delete your listening data.

Once deleted, there is no way to recover the data. It will be a clean slate. Any playlists, albums and songs you’ve added to your library will remain untouched. But your activity, favorites and recommendations will get reset.

So use this option carefully if you want a fresh start.


To recap, key highlights about seeing your listening history on Apple Music:

  • View recently played tracks and albums from the last 3 months.
  • See your top songs and artists based on number of plays.
  • Recover any deleted content within 90 days.
  • Data is collected across devices using advanced algorithms.
  • Listening activity is kept private to your account.
  • You can delete your history and reset recommendations.

So that’s a detailed look at how you can see your play activity on Apple Music and use it to discover new music tailored just for you. Listening is personal, so Apple Music aims to deliver a unique music experience based on your favorites.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far back can I see my listening history?

Your recently played history goes back 3 months. Anything older than 90 days gets removed from the activity logs.

Where do I find top charts in Apple Music?

Besides your personal top songs and artists, Apple Music also has curated top 100 charts by genre and for worldwide tracks. Find these in the Browse tab.

Can I see what friends are listening to?

No, Apple Music does not share listening activity between friends. Your history remains private.

How many songs does Apple Music have?

Apple Music gives you access to over 90 million songs, so you’ll never run out of discoveries!

Can I export my Apple Music data?

There is no way to export your full Apple Music listening history or library details. The data remains in Apple’s ecosystem.

Does Apple Music work offline?

Yes! You can download songs, albums and playlists for offline listening when you don’t have an internet connection.


Being able to see your recently played tracks along with favorites and top picks makes Apple Music feel more personalized. You can rediscover forgotten songs and find new genres based on your listening patterns. So pay attention to your activity because it makes music discovery much more fun!