List of Alexa Music Commands

In this post, we will look at all of the Alexa music commands that may be used to access all of the music providers offered by our Amazon Echos. We’ll go over basic volume and playback instructions, as well as tips and tricks for managing and listening to music. You may use the instructions to set sleep timers and audio alarms.

How do I set up Alexa Music Services?

Alexa’s music service is configured in two steps. First, we must connect all of the music services that we intend to use. Then we must choose which provider will be our default for music, artist, and genre stations.

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How Do I Connect a Music Service?

To link a music service:

  1. Open the Alexa app (IOS) (Andriod) and tap on the ‘More’ button
  2. Select “Settings” and then “Music & Podcasts.
  3. Tap on “Link New Service,” and then on the music service you’d like to link.
  4. Tap on “Enable to use” and enter the music service account information.
  5. Tap Done

You can now use all of the music providers you’ve linked by simply adding them to your request:

  • Alexa, play music on Spotify
  • Alexa, play music on Apple Music
  • Alexa, play music on Amazon Music
  • Alexa, play a jazz station on Spotify

Related: The 17 Most Valuable Alexa Skills (Free and Paid)

How can you set your favorite music service as the default?

To set your favorite default service for music:           

  1. Open the Alexa app and tap on the ‘More’ button.
  2. Select “Settings” and then “Music & Podcasts.”
  3. Tap on “Default Services” and then on “Change” in the Music section.
  4. Tap on your favorite Music service.

Now we can leave out the music service and just have to say:

  • Alexa, play music

Repeat the process to configure your preferred music service’s artist and genre station:

  • Alexa, play a <genre> station
  • Alexa, play a <artist> station

Alexa’s Music Volume Control Commands

Following music commands will change Alexa’s volume in 10% steps:

  • Alexa, (change/make/turn the) volume up/down
  • Alexa (make it) softer/louder
  • Alexa, lower/raise (the) volume
  • Alexa, increase/decrease (the) volume
  • Alexa, turn/crank it up/down

Another way to specifically set the volume level is:

  • Alexa, (set the) volume (to level) <1-10>
  • Alexa, volume 3 (Note, that’s the snappy, short command)

Furthermore, we can mute Alexa:

  • Alexa, mute/unmute

Note: The volume control is an Alexa function that is accessible for all music services.

Related: List of Best Alexa Controlled Lights

Alexa’s Commands for Music Playback control

Music Playback control

You can stop and resume playback by saying:

  • Alexa, play/resume (music)
  • Alexa, stop/pause

But you can also play some music you might like:

  • Alexa, play some music
  • Alexa, what should I play?(Note, on an Echo Show this will only display a station, just say: “Alexa, play that” afterward)

If you would like to get some help from Alexa:

  • Alexa, help me find a playlist
  • Alexa, help me find a holiday playlist

And she will ask you different questions and play previews to find the right playlist for you.

To navigate within an album or playlist, just say:

  • Alexa, next/previous (song/track/title)
  • Alexa, skip (this song)

To navigate within a song, you can say:

  • Alexa, play (this song) from (the) beginning 
  • Alexa, restart (this song)
  • Alexa, jump/skip back/forward (x seconds/minute(s))

For shuffling, repeating a song, and looping, we can use:

  • Alexa, repeat (this song)
  • Alexa, loop (this album/this playlist)
  • Alexa, loop MY (name of the playlist) playlist (thanks, J Anne!)
  • Alexa, loop mode on(thanks, J Anne!)
  • Alexa, (turn) repeat (on/off)(Note, “off” will stop playback)
  • Alexa, (turn) shuffle (on/off) 

Another way to repeat/loop songs, albums, and artist stations, is by telling Alexa for how long she should play them (Thanks, Brantome!):

  • Alexa, play (the song/album/artist/genre) <title/album/artist/genre> for x seconds/minutes/hours

Alexa will confirm that she will play for the time specified.

Related: Alexa Self Destruct Code

Alexa’s Commands for Equalizer control

Alexas Commands for Equalizer control

Amazon Echo devices include an equalizer for controlling the bass, mid-range, and treble. Check the Alexa app under Options, your Echo device sounds to see whether this option is available.

  • Alexa, increase/decrease (the) bass/mid-range/treble
  • Alexa, turn/crank up/down (the) bass/mid-range/treble
  • Alexa, set (the) bass/mid-range/treble to minimum/maximum
  • Alexa, set bass/mid-range/treble to (minus); Note, we have a range of +/- 6 dB which we can set directly

Related: Alexa Secret Commands

Alexa’s Commands for play Music by Title/Album/Artist

play Music by Title Album Artist

  • Alexa, play (the song/track/title/tune) <title>
  • Alexa, play/shuffle (the album/record) <album>
  • Alexa, play/shuffle (songs/music by) <artist> 
  • Alexa, play (the song/track/title/tune) <title> by <artist> 
  • Alexa, play (the album/record) <album> by <artist> 

Related: Alexa Spotify Commands

Alexa’s Commands for Play Music by Activity and Mood

Play Music by Activity and Mood

  • Alexa, play music for <activity>
  • Alexa, play (some) <activity/mood> music

Here are some activities, which we’ve have tested (musically =):

  • Wake Up
  • Running / Jogging / Workout
  • Party / Partying / Dancing
  • Working / Study / Studying / Reading 
  • Cleaning / Cooking / Dinner
  • Relaxing / Meditation / Chill-out
  • Love
  • Sleeping

Here are some examples of moods, which Alexa understands:

  • Angry
  • Energetic
  • Feel Good
  • Happy
  • Upbeat
  • Sad
  • Mellow
  • Romantic
  • Relaxed
  • Laid Bac

Alexa’s Commands for Play HD and Ultra HD music

Alexas Commands for Play HD and Ultra HD music

You can play Ultra HD music on your Echo Studio by requesting the Ultra HD playlists:

  • Alexa, play the Best of Ultra HD playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Dance playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Pop playlist
  • Alexa, play the New in Ultra HD playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Chill playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Classic Rock playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Country playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Rock playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Latin playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Hip-Hop playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Blues playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Jazz playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Alternative playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD Folk playlist
  • Alexa, play the Ultra HD <artist> playlist

Alexa’s Commands to Play New Music

Alexas Commands to Play New Music

  • Alexa, play the top/best songs
  • Alexa, play the top/best songs from the 80s

With Amazon Music Unlimited we have the following additional commands:

  • Alexa, play the top songs in <city>
  • Alexa, play what’s hot in <country>
  • Alexa, play the top/best <genre> songs from the 60s’

Alexa’s Commands to Control Music Playback on another Speaker

You can easily control the music playback of another Echo device by saying:

  • Alexa, play <song/album/artist/genre> on <Echo’s name>
  • Alexa, previous/next on <Echo’s name>
  • Alexa, stop/pause/resume on <Echo’s name>

You can group your Echo devices for music playback either through smart home groups or multi-room music groups:

  • Alexa, play <song/album/artist/genre> in the <group>
  • Alexa, next in <group>
  • Alexa, stop in <group>
  • Alexa, play <song/album/artist/genre> everywhere
  • Alexa, volume 3 (in the) <group>

Amazon Alexa Voice Commands on Deezer

When using Alexa, it’s important to start your commands with “Alexa” and, if Deezer is not your default music service, you’ll need to end every command with “on Deezer.” 

  • “Alexa, play (song/album name) by (artist)on Deezer
  • “Alexa, play (artist name) on Deezer
  • “Alexa, play (Deezer Editor’s playlist)on Deezer
  • “Alexa, play my Flow on Deezer
  • “Alexa, play (genre) music on Deezer

What else can I ask?

With these instructions, you can ask Alexa to do a lot more, such as inform you what music is playing, skip to the next track, and modify the volume level.

  • “Alexa, what’s playing?”
  • “Alexa, resume music.”
  • “Alexa, next song.”
  • “Alexa, I like this song.”
  • “Alexa, I dislike this song.”
  • “Alexa, stop the music.”
  • “Alexa, set the volume to 5.”

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