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How to Find a Music Title

Updated on November 30, 2012

Mystery Music: Finding that One Song

I think one of the most irritating things is when you really like a song yet you don't know the name and the radio (or whatever you hear it from) does not announce properly or have it labeled it in any way. Having been an internet radio DJ for a few years I have searched for different ways to find music that I have heard and enjoyed greatly. Luckily with modern technology this task is a lot easier than it used to be!

Perhaps the method isn't this old...
Perhaps the method isn't this old... | Source

The Old Method

Back when there was no internet it was much harder finding the title of a song you enjoyed. What to do? A song comes on the radio and the announcer doesn't state the name. First, call all your friends. No one knows the name of course, so you end up listening to the radio for the next two days hoping that the song is not only played, but some hint as to who sings it or what the name is. If you are adventurous enough you can even call the station and ask what the name of the song was and find out that way.

Needless to say, times of this sort of ordeal are over - but you can still call the radio station and they should tell you what you want to know.

Retro Style Internet Radio
Retro Style Internet Radio | Source

The Internet Method

Now that the internet is not only useable but highly populated there are millions of methods to find that song that got away!

  • Google:
    Did you remember any of the lyrics to the song? There are hundreds of music lyric websites out there, all of which fall under Google's comprehensive scanning. Entering in a good line of a song - either the first line, a common line, or the first line of a chorus - should easily get you the song you are looking for. Avoid being too generic in your search. "I love you" is not going to find any results, so add as much as possible, or even a bunch of fragments.
  • Wikipedia:
    Do you know the artist? Most song artist Wikipedia pages have the complete discography (a list of song titles from the artist).
  • Pandora:
    This is the least precise and more of a scattershot move. If you know something similar to the song you heard you can always put in that song name or artist to listen for a while and see if the song comes up. Even if it doesn't, you will probably find other music you enjoy.
  • Youtube:
    Though I don't really suggest looking for the specific song on Youtube without having a lot of information, you can at least verify easily that you have the title and artist you were looking for. Even more Youtube often has related artists and music videos to look at while you are there.

The Smartphone App Method

"There is an app for that" certainly is a common phrase these days, but there is a specific app that is great for this sort of thing. SoundHound is a free app (at least on Android) for both Android and Apple that is the best app for finding music.

Step 1. Start the app.
Step 2. Tap and hold the phone up to the song source or even try to sing what you have heard.
Step 3. It tells you what song it heard (Title, Artist, and Album) and options to bookmark, share, buy, listen on radio, look up lyrics, search on Youtube, or find similar artists.

This is by far the easiest method because it requires almost no work whatsoever.

Though times have changed the frustration of not knowing how to find the title of a song has not. I hope that this has taken away that frustration and unhappiness for you.


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    • FullOfLoveSites profile image

      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I remember the days when I would record my favorite song (while it was being played on the radio) on my cassette tape and tried to scribble the lyrics and could only guess the title. Sometimes I get the title wrong (as some songs whose titles aren't mentioned in the lyrics).

      Wikipedia is a very useful source for artists' discography there's even a page devoted to it. Nice hub friend. :)