It is frustrating to have a song or melody stuck in your mind and you can’t seem to put your finger on its exact title or artist name. Fortunately, there are now easy ways to identify a song even if you don’t know the exact lyrics, or just know the tune.
There are online web based service and applications as well that will help you identify a song with the simplest clue. Most of these apps/services are free to use, but some may offer a premium paid version with extra features.
In this tutorial, we are going to list down apps/services that will let you identify a song using different factors.
Identify Song by singing it to the App/Service
This is probably the most convenient option to identify a song. All you need to do is sing the lyrics of the song in front of your PC microphone, and the tool will identify the song. If you don’t know the exact lyrics, you can also just hum or whistle the song.
The accuracy might not be as good as using actual recording of the song, but still it is good enough to identify a song if you can at least sing/hum for 5+ seconds.
Below are some websites that offer this service:
midomi: It is one of the best services for identify songs with your own voice. It is quite accurate and simple to use, and with a single click you can start singing/humming to identify a song.
Tunebot: Tunebot doesn’t really come with many features or an attractive interface. However, it is extremely simple to use and you can also contribute by singing a song to improve accuracy.
Tap Rhythm to Identify a Song
If you are not comfortable with singing a song yourself, then you can also just tap the rhythm of the song on your keyboard. The process is simple, when prompted start tapping any key on your keyboard with the rhythm of the song you want to identify.
Below are the websites that offer rhythm tapping service:
SongTapper: The website is dedicated to only identify songs using tapping rhythm. It might not be attractive, but it is very powerful and simple to use. You will have to press the Spacebar key to tap the rhythm.
musipedia: musipedia offers many different ways to identify a song, “Rhythm Search” is one of them. Press the “Start tapping” button on the website and then start tapping any key on your keyboard to enter rhythm, when you are done, just press “Stop tapping” and the website show all the songs.
Type in the Lyrics to Identify a Song
If you know few words of a song’s lyrics and you are are not a fan of singing or tapping, then you can also just type in the words to find a song. All you need to do is insert words in the search bar of the website (more the better), and the website will show all relevant results. You can use the Website mentioned below to search song by lyrics:
FindMusicByLyrics: It is extremely simple to use website. Just enter the word/sentence of the lyrics of a song, and it will show the results using the Google search technology. This site is just a custom Google Search which is limited to 3-4 popular lyrics sites. It’s almost idiotic, but it gets the job done.
Use your Android phone to Identify a Song
There are also many apps in Google Play Store that will let you identify a song on your Android phone just by listening to it.
Shazam: It is actually a fully featured music app, which you can use to follow artists, see what your friends are listening and of course, identify songs. It also integrates with other apps like, YouTube, Spotify and Google Now, etc. to provide better experience. Just start recording and point the phone towards the music source and Shazam will identify the song and provide you all details with links to listen to the song.
SoundHound: You can identify a song by singing/humming it yourself or point the phone towards the music source. Once identified, it will provide all the details about the song along with links to listen and buy the song. It will also integrate with other apps like Spotify, Rdio and Pandora for better experience.