How to see how many plays a song has on Apple Music on iPhone?

Apple Music is a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc. It allows users to stream over 90 million songs, listen to radio stations, and watch music videos. One useful feature in Apple Music is the ability to see how many times you have played a song, album, or artist.

Viewing play counts in Apple Music can provide insight into your listening patterns and music preferences. For example, your top played songs likely include your current favorites, most-streamed hits, or tracks you listen to regularly. Checking play counts requires using the mobile app on an iPhone, as this data is not available on the desktop.

This article will explain how to find song play counts in the Apple Music app for iPhone. We’ll outline the steps to check plays for individual tracks, albums, artists, and your overall top songs.

Viewing Song Plays on an iPhone

You can easily see how many times a song has been played in Apple Music on your iPhone. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone.
  2. Navigate to the song you want to check.
  3. Tap on the 3 dots next to the song title.
  4. Select ‘Song Info’ from the menu. 1

This will bring up detailed info about the song, including the number of plays.

The ‘Plays’ section will show you how many times you’ve played that particular song in your Apple Music library. This gives you an idea of your listening habits and which tracks you play the most.

The ‘Plays’ Section

The ‘Plays’ section in Apple Music shows the total number of times a song has been played by Apple Music users. This counter tracks the song’s plays across all albums, playlists, and stations on the platform.

According to Apple’s support page, “Songs include the total plays of a song, including every album and compilation it was released on.” So even if the song appears on multiple albums, the play count aggregates all plays from all versions into one total count.

Seeing Your Most Played Songs

You can view your top played songs in Apple Music. Apple Music keeps track of how many times you’ve played each song in your library and generates a playlist of your most played tracks.

To see your most played songs, go to your Library and select the Playlists tab. Scroll down and you’ll see a playlist called Most Played. Tap on it to open the playlist and view your top songs sorted by play count.

The Most Played playlist updates frequently to reflect your latest listening activity. So it’s a great way to discover which tracks you’ve been playing the most lately.

You can also use this playlist to reminisce about your past listening habits. The tracks are ordered from most played to least played, giving you a snapshot of your all-time most replayed songs on Apple Music.

Checking Play Counts for Albums & Artists

Play counts are also available for albums and artists. To view play counts for an album or artist:

  1. Open the Apple Music app and navigate to an album or artist page.
  2. Scroll down until you see a section labeled “Plays.” This will show the total number of plays for that album or artist.

For example, if you go to an album page, it will show the total number of times all the songs on that album have been played. For an artist page, it shows the total plays across all of that artist’s albums and songs.

This allows you to quickly see your most played albums and top artists overall based on your Apple Music listening activity. It’s an easy way to check if you’ve been overplaying certain albums or artists lately.

Using Siri

One handy way to quickly check your play count for a song is by asking Siri. You can simply say “Hey Siri, how many times have I listened to X” where X is the song name, and Siri will tell you the exact number of plays directly from your Apple Music library. This provides a fast, hands-free way to query your play statistics without having to dig through the app.

For example, you could say “Hey Siri, how many times have I listened to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift” and Siri would respond with the play count. Siri pulls this data directly from your Apple Music profile, so it’s personalized to your actual listening behavior.

This Siri integration makes it easy to get play counts on the go, without needing to pick up your phone and open the Apple Music app. As long as you have an internet connection, you can ask Siri for your personal play statistics for any song in your library at any time.

Play Counts vs. Playlists

There is an important difference between a song’s play count and adding it to a playlist on Apple Music. When you play a song, its play count (shown in the ‘Plays’ section for that song) automatically increases. This shows how many times you have listened to that particular song.

In contrast, adding a song to a playlist does not directly increase its play count. Playlists allow you to manually curate and group together songs you want to listen to later. So you can add a song to multiple playlists without actually listening to it yet. The play count will only increase if and when you directly play that song from a playlist or browse it in your library.

So in summary, play counts reflect your actual listening activity, while playlists are more for organizing your library. This also means that just because a song is in your playlists does not mean its play count will be high. The play count shows your real world usage.

According to one Apple Music user, “playlists are like curated-by-you-only microcosms where you can only play the songs in that playlist.”

Why Play Counts Matter

Play counts provide useful insights that can enhance your experience with Apple Music. Here are some examples of what you can gain from checking your play counts:

Discover your favorite songs and artists. The songs and artists you play the most are likely ones you enjoy listening to frequently. Checking your top play counts can show you which music you’re really connecting with.

Improve recommendations. Apple Music uses your play counts to better understand your tastes and suggest music you may like. The more accurate your play data, the better Apple Music can become at recommending relevant new music for you to explore.

Identify forgotten gems. Scanning lower down on your play count lists may reveal albums or songs you used to love but have not listened to lately. Revisiting these forgotten gems can be a great way to rediscover music you once enjoyed.

Share discoveries with friends. Comparing top artists and songs with friends who also use Apple Music can lead to new recommendations as you explore each other’s favorite music.

Get inspired to make playlists. Seeing which songs you play frequently can give you ideas for playlists based on your current tastes and listening habits.

Overall, checking your Apple Music play counts provides insights into your listening preferences and habits. Paying attention to the data can positively enhance your experience using Apple Music.


While play counts can provide helpful insight into your listening habits, it’s important to understand their limitations. Play counts don’t track every single play of a song. There are various factors that can affect their accuracy:

First, as noted in this Apple Community thread, play counts may not update instantly. There can be a delay before a play is registered, so recent plays may not show up right away.

Additionally, as pointed out on Reddit, syncing issues between devices can also impact play count accuracy. If your iPhone hasn’t synced recently with your other Apple devices, those plays won’t be reflected.

In the end, play counts are best viewed as estimates and indicators of your general listening trends, not definitive totals. While helpful for seeing your most played songs and artists, take the specific numbers with a grain of salt.


To recap, Apple Music users can easily view play counts on their iPhone simply by opening the song, album, or artist page. Under the title, the ‘Plays’ section will show the number of times you’ve played that music. This is a great way to identify your most listened to songs, albums, and artists.

Checking your play data can provide helpful insights into your listening habits and music preferences. The songs and artists you play the most are likely your current favorites. Monitoring the play counts over time allows you to see how your tastes change. You may also discover hidden gems that deserve more listens based on lower play totals. Either way, don’t forget to take advantage of the play count feature in Apple Music to learn more about your listening behavior.