Cleaning up SQL query with nested query and inner join [Rephrase]

Been trying to reintroduce myself to SQL through some practice questions I’ve developed for myself, but struggling to find a better way of approaching the following problem:


id  title
1   Title1
2   Title2


id  playlist_id clip_id
1   Title1      3 
2   Title2      1


playlist_id tag_id
1           1
1           2
2           2

Clips and Tags are two entirely separate tables, and I am using the playlist_tags and playlist_clips to connect them to the playlists table, to represent the two-way one-to-many relationships.

I wanted to select all the playlists that have a given title, and have ALL of the tags provided in the query (in this example [1, 2]), not just “at least one of them”; additionally, I want to query information from the playlist_clips table, including the number of clips, total playlist duration, etc.

This is what I’ve come up with:

select p_clips.* from
    (, p.title, CAST(COALESCE(sum(pc.duration_seconds), 0) as UNSIGNED) as total_duration_in_seconds, count( as number_of_clips
        from playlists p
        left join playlist_clips pc on = pc.playlist_id
        where p.title like "Test1"
        group by id
    ) as p_clips

    inner join

        select *
        from playlists p
        left join playlist_tags pt on = pt.playlist_id
        where pt.tag_id in (1, 2)
        group by id
        having count(*) = 2
    ) as p_tags

    on =

Whilst, from my testing I’ve found this to work, it doesn’t look particularly elegant, and I also assume it’s not terribly efficient performance-wise. (I’ve removed irrelevant parameters from the code for this example, such as select parameters.)

What would be a cleaner way of approaching this, or at the least, a more optimized approach?

Expected Result:

id  title
260 Title1

EDIT: I apologize for my initial confusing post, I’ve tried to clean up my tables and the information they contain.

1 Answer

Assuming you want summary information from both the clips and the playlist:

select p.*
from playlists p join
     (select pt.playlist_id
      from playlist_tags pt 
      where pt.tag_id in (1, 2)
      group by id
      having count(*) = 2
     ) pt
     on = pt.playlist_id join
     (select pc.playlist_id, group_concat(pc.clip_id) as clips
      from playlist_clips pc
      group by pc.playlist_id
     ) pc
     on = pc.playlist_id
where p.title like 'Test1';

Note: This puts all the clip information into one column.

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