How To Find Music On The Internet

Music on the Internet and Finding Favorite Songs

I recently discovered how simple it can be to track down a favorite song thanks to all the music on the Internet - even if you only have a couple of words. Not only can you find the song to download, but much to my surprise, without thinking much about it, there are so many other options that it's phenomenal! I just wasn't aware that there were that many possibilities.

My story starts when I was recently at a swim aerobics class. As we often do, we were going through the gyrations of our workout to tunes on the radio. As my luck would have it, a song came on that I've heard maybe once or twice but just never put a song title or performer to it. I think I may have even seen it on the CMA awards and forgotten about it - but when I heard it this time, I knew I really loved it and wanted to buy it - soon!

Over the next few hours of course, the song played over and over in my mind - with only the couple of words that I could remember! I did a couple of searches through my own IPod thinking since I vaguely recalled it, I must have it somewhere! Of course, it began to niggle at me when I couldn't find it so I gave up and did what I usually do when I got home - I Googled the only couple of words I could remember.

Well, within seconds, I found the song that was playing in my head - Need You Now by Lady Antebellum - and I also found over the next few days a myriad of options where this song was concerned that I had never even thought about! (At this point, the term OCD comes to mind!)

Lady Antebellum at Houston Rodeo
Lady Antebellum at Houston Rodeo

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Needing my song now (no pun intended), I went to iTunes. I have thousands of songs that I've downloaded and then transferred to my iPod.

It was almost too easy as I could buy the song Need You Now for a little over a dollar - or the entire album (coincidentally of the same name). Of course I picked the album - instant gratification!



From my Googling though, I noted of course I could also go to Amazon.com and download the MP3 version of the song for slightly less - or the entire album. (I could also order the CD here as well if I could be patient and wait for it to be shipped to me!)

But not quite satisfied as that was just all too easy, then I decided I'd like to know the lyrics so that when I sing along, I'll actually get them right. After a few minutes of searching, I found the rest of the song that I was missing on elyricsworld.com

Most folks would quit here I have no doubt. But now that I was really on a roll, I decided to check out Youtube and see if they had any videos of Lady Antebellum performing Need You Now that I could watch it and bookmark it for another day. Wow! I hit the jackpot!

My favorite is the first video - Lady Antebellum performing Need You Now at the CMT Awards in 2009 - only 991,906 views or so - the song must be really popular....go figure!

Then I found something else! There happens to be another version on Youtube with the lyrics (with the song playing in the background). It has only about 4,342,662 views! For the hearing 'challenged' such as myself when it comes to lyrics, this a perfect bookmarking site so I can perhaps memorize the words WITH the music and get them right!

As if I didn't have enough to think about, I next stumbled across free ringtones for Need You Now so of course I had to check that out. In short order, I had downloaded the ringtones for my new favorite song to my phone as well. It'll work until I find a new favorite song!


Need You Now (2009 CMA Awards)

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Thinking that I'd pretty much covered everything I needed to cover with my new favorite song, I was going to leave things as is. I had downloaded the album, bookmarked the videos, and had my ringtone in place - what more could I ask?

Something else started to niggle at my brain though - I have a digital piano and I do play - it's good to stay in practice of course by playing every now and again. But I am the kind of piano player who has to have music. So I started to wonder about downloading sheet music. I know you can order music on-line and have it shipped to you. I also heard you could download it on-line to your printer - but I've just never done it.

So after a few minutes of searching, I found Lady Antebellum's Need You Now on musicnotes.com. While you can view the first page of the song and even transpose it to a different key, you have to purchase the song to be able to print the entire 7 pages of the song on your computer.

Well, $5 didn't seem like that much money to pay for 7 pages of a song I really wanted to learn to play and the arrangement looked like something I could handle - so I paid my money and downloaded my song!

I have to interject here that it was written in E major so 4 sharps - I toyed with it for a bit and transposed it with their little tool into the key of C but thought I'd rather have the 'real sound' so went ahead and downloaded it in E major. I could have purchased it twice of course and downloaded it in E major and C - but for my purposes, it's all good.  More brain power necessary and all that!

The neatest thing though was that after I paid the money and printed off my 7 pages to happily plunk away at my piano with, I noticed that the song had downloaded in its own program as well. The program is called Music Notes Player - the entire printed song opens in the program once you click on the .mtd file.  Once you open it, it leads you/plays through the song showing you how to play it. It would be great for things like phrasing, tempo, etc. It has its own controls, etc. so that you can slow it down or play it normal speed. I think it also lets you play along on your computer although I haven't gotten that far yet!

Also from musicnotes.com, another program downloaded called Guitar Guru.  I checked it out as well just because - you can play digital sheet music on it, or any music I imagine - or learn to play the guitar on it! Another day!

So now I have the sheet music and all the forms of this song I can possibly have, right? But I had a feeling there was still more so I went back to Youtube to search again. The next thing I found were some piano tutorials on how to play Need You Now . Some were quite informative about chords so I thought that those were worth bookmarking as well!

On the first tutorial piano version, I have to add the disclaimer that hopefully I will have better hand position and fingering - and perhaps expand the chords a little better! If my mother sees that hand position or the fingering on the tutorial duplicated - yikes - I can see a ruler coming out right quick!

Printed Lyrics Version Need You Now

Need You Now

Summing Up Music On the Internet and Downloads

Of course just to satisfy my curiosity, I had to watch and bookmark the tutorials on playing Need You Now on guitar, even though I do not own a guitar nor do I know how to play a guitar. I have to say I just thought it was fascinating and that's what I'm sticking with!

I guess my whole point of this hub is that I can't believe how many choices there are available when it comes to music on the Internet and download potentials.

It's not so much the free download potential market that I'm addressing here of course - it's the concept that no matter what song you might want to listen to or learn to sing or play, the possibilities are endless!

To recap:

  • You can first of all find the song, even if you only have a word or two of the lyrics.
  • Then of course you can find all the artists that ever performed it.
  • Then you can download either the song or an album in its entirety.
  • You can find most likely many supporting videos of someone performing the song.
  • You might even find a video that displays the lyrics for you so you can learn to sing along - just like karaoke!
  • You can download ringtones to play your song on your phone!
  • You can find sheet music on line to download in whatever key your little heart desires.
  • You can probably find a tutorial video on tips on playing the song on your given instrument!
  • If you really want to go overboard and learn a new instrument, you can also download sheet music for another instrument as well as a program to learn it.  Then you can probably find a video on tips on how to play it on that instrument.
  • I could not find a tutorial on playing Need You Now on accordion so I'm sticking with the piano - for now.

Yes, I do realize that I perhaps went a little overboard on finding Internet media based options for this one song - that does not mean that I'm certifiable. It just means that I'm dedicated. I somehow got wrapped up in it and intrigued by the fact that every time I thought I'd found the last bit of resources to tap where this song was concerned, I seemed to find another. It became a sort of research game - and now I know I can do it for any song.

All kidding aside, it is a remarkable thing that if you hear a song and love it, you can find it almost instantly.  You can get more information on the lyrics and the music itself.  You can listen to folks performing it.  You can also learn to play the song or view tutorials that help you understand how it was written or 'should' be played or sung. Technology in this regard is simply marvelous!

I think as a musician, the sky is the limit and music on the Internet is a great place to find your favorite songs if not a new hobby!

Tutorial on How to Play Need You Now on Piano

Piano Tutorial 2 on Playing Need You Now on Piano

Tutorial on Need You Now - by Lady Antebellum!

Need You Now - Remix Version

Need You Now - Remix 2

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

I totally agree, Clarkson....one of my favorite hangouts for music!


Clarkson 5 years ago

I usually go to sheetmusicX dot com, they have a nice selection of classical music


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hi Om - Thanks for stopping by - I probably should have mentioned Pandora also because I do that too! There are so many possibilities it's a crazy thing....I hear you on the cassette tapes. I have a couple of things from when my kids were growing up and have to keep a player just so I can play them ever if needed!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

Awesome advice here. I like listening to music on Pandora internet radio and watching music videos on YouTube. Just came across an old casette tape the other day while packing stuff up to move. So ancient! I don't even have a casette player anymore. lol


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Chuckling away as usual BJ - too funny. I can't remember the last time I've been told I was enchanting so this is a stellar day. Even if I have to drag my sorry behind to work here on the Internet and on a Sunday no less!

And Bob's okay in my book too....the mals always but Bob is one of a kind. Who else could have stuck out 36+ years with a goof like me? I think he stayed for the entertainment factor to be honest!

Going to hopefully post up my fishing story today if I don't fall asleep somewhere between medical reports and Hubpages!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

ak - Can't blame you for thinking I'm certifiable but I really did send the lyrics in Hebrew. Hubpages, however, in their consummate wisdom changed the Hebrew letters to question marks. They do not print furrin languages - at least not in the comments section. If you would like the aforesaid lyrics in Hebrew would be happy to send them by email.

And certifiable or not, I'm still enchanted by your humor, attitude and Malemutes. Bob is OK in my book, too.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Hey James - Nice to see you! Love the videos too as it gives you something else to think about in regards to the songs!

BJ - You are insane - that must be why we like each other!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for a fine Hub. The internet is amazing alright. I love YouTube for music videos.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Katie for the read!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

WOW what a wealth of facts in looking a bit deeper into the amazing music on Internet loved this rating it up...


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thank you, equealla for stopping by. Glad you found it helpful!


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

This is pretty neat information to have on hand. Thank you for doing the searching, saving me much time (and megs) and posting it here. This deserves a rate up!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

You may have a future in the DSM industry coming up with new labels for all us freaks!

I somehow pick up a thread and then I am the virtual seamstress who just has to see where it leads....at least that's what I'm going with! Thank god it is not contagious!

When you find that Youtube vid, be sure and send it to me - and also make sure that you download sheet music (even IF you do not play an instrument) and get the free ring tones - and download a couple of vids from youtube on how to play the instrument that you do not have....then I shall feel better.

Although - truly - I do have the piano - I am not making this stuff up - and I do have the accordion (she says vindicating herself totally for being so obsessive).

I do believe that when I truly go OCSFMO, I will be downloading the same song sung in Japanese or Italian - and then I'll be looking for the lyrics printed out on Youtube....wow - I've opened up another whole possibility on hubs! Gotta go.....looking for Need You Now in Yiddish!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Put your mind at ease, Audrea, you don't appear to be suffering from OCD. On the other hand, you just might be a victim of OCSFMO, or as we psychiatric professionals call it - Obsessive Compulsive Searching For Musical Origins.

It's not communicable except through hub writing - oh, oh.

Have to stop commenting right now. I have this uncontrollable urge to find the You Tube version and songwriter of "Mama's Little Baby Loves Shortening Bread."


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

CM - It is amazing, isn't it? I think that sometimes I forget how 'accessible' everything is until I stumble upon it as I did this!

Holle - I usually have Pandora radio playing but find that unless I'm finishing off my hubs, I can't listen to it either because I get so distracted by the music that I can't think! Go figure!! Of course then wherever we go, I have to take my iPod and play that in the car nonstop! I love though that we can access music from so many venues!

HH - I know what you mean - as above. I hardly ever get to play my beautiful piano but I try and make some time always - not so much the accordion! I think that is a done deal and shall have to just be one of my antiques!

Thanks so much guys for reading!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for great hub and lots of music videos. I hardly have time to listen to music anymore because of HP.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I spend lots of time on Youtube listening to my favorite songs. That is, when I can tear myself away from HP! lol. Rated you up, girlfriend!


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I agree with you... the net opens up worlds of musical opportunity that we didnt even dream of twenty years ago!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Crewman6 - Now why didn't I think of that word! Good point and that is what it is - not really OCD, right?? It just amazed me that there were that many things that you could do with one song! Great on musicnotes! That is awesome. I usually just purchase books of songs that I like and have so many it is nuts but this was the first time I'd actually downloaded sheet music just for a song and it was great! Best $5 I ever spent! Thanks for the read!


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Crewman6 6 years ago

This is amazing - Monique does the same darn thing! She's recently 'rediscovered' Musicnotes, and has been happily learning new songs. Great hub; and an interesting example of synchronicity.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for giving me something else to go looking at, Dolores! I love so many genres of music I could actually just sit there and do THAT all day long! Thanks for the read!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Audrey - ain't it wonderful what we can find on the Internet! So many times, I've heard a song, or someone has mentioned a cool song and I just hit Youtube to check it out. My latest favorite group is Movits, a Swedish band with hints of New Orleans Jazz and Swedish hip-hop. Thanks for sharing your song!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Bayoulady - for both comments! Yes, I thought the second was much easier to understand too!

Micky - I'm always on the information highway - just like you!

Nell - I am surprised to hear you say that since we were all so addicted (and still are) to so much of the UK's music....my first dip in the pond after Beethoven and Bach was the Beattt-els....I could not simply get enough! Glad you enjoyed it - this song for some crazy reason is just stuck in my head! Gotta get a new one soon.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

By the way, the second tutorial was easier to understand!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Audrey this is great, I loved the music, I played it twice! I always find that I like American musicians better than English, because we always seem to be aimed at younger people and you have some great country and western musicians and just your mainstream music is so much better, this is a great amount of info, and I will be checking it out, I now have the song in my head! weyhey! lol cheers nell


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

There's a lot of stuff! Too much! Thank you Ma'am!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

OOOOH< I spent way too long on your page! LOVED IT! The way you told of the search was intriguing.Liked all the goodies you put on the page!Especially the tutorials, though I barely play. Amazing what technology has up its smarty pants sleeve! WOW!

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