What song did you hear today?

What's the song's name? - Find a song you've heard once

Whether by chance on the radio, going out in the club or at the beach bar: suddenly you hear a great song. The melody sounds familiar, but the song title and artist just don't come to mind. Maybe you've heard a completely new piece, a catchy tune that you definitely want to hear again. But what is the name of the song and how am I supposed to find it? After all, no one immediately remembers more than a lyrics fragment, the chorus melody or hookline. Do not panic! With our tips you are guaranteed to find the hit again.

Old school: wait or ask

What's the song's name? There are several options for finding an answer. Before there were smartphones and the Internet, there were a few ways to quench your thirst for knowledge with unknown songs. And - try it out - this would still work today or even in the event of a blackout:

1. Wait in front of the radio until the song is played again and the presenter announces the song.
2. Hum the tune to a friend and hope he'll recognize it.
3. Just ask the nice DJ or barman what's going on.

Today, however, thanks to networking, there are a lot better tools for song detectives.

Shazam & Co. - Search for a song with music recognition apps

Music recognition apps like Shazam or TrackID make it really easy to find out the titles and artists of unknown songs. While the unknown music is playing, just start a detection app and let it listen. The microphone built into the smartphone records, among other things the audio frequencies and creates one from it "Acoustic fingerprint"of the unknown song. This data is compared with a database. If the app finds matches, it will give you an answer to the question "What's the name of the song?". In addition, it shows further information about what you have heard, conveniently with purchase instructions or the link to the streaming provider.

But there are some restrictions: Because the databases for recognition are not stored locally but on a server in the Internet, song recognition actually only works with an Internet connection, which can sometimes not be there in the club or on the beach. Shazam & Co. also get into difficulties when not only the music can be heard from the loudspeaker, but also voices and other background noises. And as the song is called, you can't find out if you don't have your cell phone at hand.

After all, Shazam also offers - quasi - Offline mode. The app first records the unknown piece and compares the recording as soon as an internet connection is available again. Practical in clubs, ideal on the distant beach!

Humming something to the smartphone - with SoundHound

The SoundHound recognition app advertises whistled or hummed melodies to recognize. This doesn't always work, but it's well worth a try. The better known the song and the greater your feeling for melodies, the higher the chances that the search will be successful. Like Shazam, SoundHound is directly connected to streaming services like Spotify.

Meanwhile, too Google learned to understand hums: If you speak to the Google voice assistant with “Hey Google, what's the name of this song?” and then start humming the melody, in the best case scenario you will quickly get the song you are looking for. You can also use this function directly in the Google search app.

With a finger - Musipedia recognizes the rhythm of the empty line

“What is the name of the song?” “The song is called, Let it be‘. ”Well, unfortunately it doesn't work that simple. If you have a sense of rhythm, you can search for songs at musipedia.org. You can do that here Enter the rhythm using the space bar and have it compared with the database. Alternatively, you can whistle a tune to the open source platform.

Search for a song using the lyrics

If you have at least parts of the lyrics in your head, this is also a good starting point to answer the question "What's the name of the song?" If you Spotify users It is also very easy: You can search for the text fragment that you still remember using the search function. Then you will usually get a number of possible hits. Either it rings directly and you know which song you are looking for. Or you can hear your way through the search results.

Also about Google you can try to search with the pieces of text. If necessary, it helps to add terms such as “Song” or “Lyrics” to the input in order to get closer to the correct result. Aside from Google, there are a number of big ones Lyrics databases in the web. One of the greatest is Genius. The specialty here: You not only find countless lyrics, but also comments and interpretations from the community.

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Conclusion: no song remains lost

  • Music recognition apps like Shazam recognize songs that are playing on the radio or in a club and some have an offline function for later recognition.
  • The SoundHound app can find whistled or hummed melodies using a database.
  • On Musipedia.org you can tap the rhythm on the space bar and have it matched.
  • Using Google and text databases, you can search for a song with memorable parts of a song text.