Restore Original Smart Playlists

Last modified: Jul 10, 2022 6:55 AM
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The images below show the rules of the standard smart playlists that an iTunes library starts out with and can be used as a guide to rebuild any of them you may have deleted or modified in error. Click on an image to see it in more detail.

To rebuild any of the lists use File > New Smart Playlist... and then enter the rules as shown. With iTunes 11 you may need to press Alt or Ctrl+B to access the menu bar (and optionally Ctrl+S to enable the playlist sidebar). As you change options in each row, working from left to right, the relevant selection boxes or value fields will appear. Use the + symbol to create a new line, - to remove one and the ellipsis ... to create a new subclause. It is probably best to use these controls to recreate the overall row structure before setting the individual options. When you have finished entering the rules click OK and then give the playlist its name.

Default Smart Playlists

90's Music

Classical Music

My Top Rated

Recently Played

Top 25 Most Played

90's Music^ Top

User uploaded file

Classical Music^ Top

User uploaded file

The original definition for this contains many rules which match with the word "Classical" in different languages. When rebuilding it for your own needs it may be better to include alternate classical styles, e.g. opera, choral, baroque etc.

My Top Rated^ Top

User uploaded file

Recently Played^ Top

User uploaded file

Top 25 Most Played^ Top

User uploaded file

This user tip was generated from the following discussion: Restoring Original Smart Playlist.

Updated to reflect changes in iTunes 12.


Jun 20, 2019 7:42 AM

I wish I had found this a few days ago. I had to figure it out before helping someone. This is thorough and very helpful.

Jun 20, 2019 7:42 AM

Jul 10, 2022 6:55 AM

Trying to learn as much as I can in this area. You ….I find are an excellent teacher. Much thx!

Jul 10, 2022 6:55 AM

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