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Finding the Name of a Song

Updated on August 11, 2010

So have you ever heard a song that you loved on the radio at midnight and woke up in the morning with no clue what it was called? Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but the point is, have you ever needed to know the name of a song that was playing, or wondered what a song was called that you heard earlier? This article is going to show you several ways to identify songs that you have heard or are currently listening to, if for some reason the name isn't revealed.

Songs Currently Playing

A lot of radio stations will play songs without ever mentioning the name of them to the listeners. This makes identifying the song name and downloading it later extremely difficult. The good news is: there's an app for that! A company called "Shazam" makes an application for the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows, and Nokia phones that allows you to simply hold the phone up to the speakers, wait a few seconds, and then receive the name of the song. It works by comparing the musical attributes of the song to the ones in its database. I have found that it is extremely accurate and has enabled me to make many new musical discoveries. Search for it in your phone's marketplace; it's a free download.

Songs After the Fact

Shazam works great if you are listening to the song you want to identify. But suppose you heard a song hours ago and want to know the name now? Or perhaps you don't have a smartphone, or are driving and can't use it. There are other options for you!

  • Remember some lyrics: You can try to remember lyrics from the song and then search for them online. Here is an article detailing exactly how to use Google to find a song name.┬áThis won't work if you can't remember any or enough words, however.
  • Use the radio's website: Many radio stations keep track of what songs they played, or at least the last ten songs that played. Simply find the radio station's website and look around there.

  • Use is a sort of radio catalog. It doesn't have every song played, but it does do a pretty good job of maintaining a "song's played" history for many radio stations. Simply go to the site, search for your station, and pick a date and time. It will then show you all of the songs played during that time.

Hopefully, among all of these options, you can find the name of your song. The most important thing is to remember either a lyric or a radio station and time. By using that information, you should be able to determine the song name from one of these methods.

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