How many times have you found yourself listening to a song on the radio or you hear a passing tune and you just can’t put a name to the music? Or maybe you know a snippet of the lyrics, but the search results aren’t giving you any solid bread crumbs to follow. It’s right on the tip of your tongue, too, but you can’t see your tongue so what’s the use? Don’t you worry. You’re going to find that song with the methods below, even if it takes exhausting all of your options.

The solutions below work for different situations. For example, if you know a part of the lyrics, there’s a solution for that. If you can hum a portion of the song, there’s a method to finding the music. If you have a small audio clip, say, a ringtone that you know is part of a full song, there’s even a method for that.

Combine Terms with Google’s Search Engine

So, you’ve got a bit of the lyrics stuck in your head. That’s good because it’s something to go off of. And with Google’s track record of finding something even with minor details, you’ll have no problem finding the music or music videos you’re looking for.

Now, with Google’s search engine, the way you search for something can alter the search results. For example, if you simply typed in a few of the words from the song, you could potentially find the song; however, by combining terms with the lyrics, you can have a higher chance of finding the music or music video that’s linked to the song.

search for the lyrics

Here’s an example: let’s say you’re looking for a song that contains the lyrics “I sneak in my own house.” That particular line might prove difficult to find the song those lyrics are linked to. Instead, think back to the genre of music it comes from. In this example, they’re linked to heavy metal. Now take those two words and rather than string them together into one big keyword, separate each detail with a comma. In this case, your keyword search would appear like so: heavy metal, I sneak into my own house. Go ahead and search with your own keywords.

WIth the above example used, the keywords used were able to pinpoint results with higher accuracy. Of course, you may not always be lucky. In fact, there’s a possibility that your keywords can offer results that weren’t what you were looking for. Seeing as you may not know the song, it’s going to be touch and go until you find the actual song, but this will make it that much easier for you to find the music or music video.

Don’t just rely on the genre of music. You can use other details, too, like the decade or year it was released or even the artist or band that created the song; it can make finding a specific song easier on you.

Find Music with Midomi / SoundHound

So, you have no idea what the lyrics are and none of the details, other than the musical notes, are coming to mind. If you think you can’t find a song with just a few notes, you’re wrong. With the help of Midomi, or its app “SoundHound,” you can, indeed, find the music you’re looking for. However, use this method if you can hum, at the very least, 10 seconds of the song. Midomi is still capable of finding a song with a few seconds less, but 10 seconds is the sweet spot.

If you’re using Midomi, which is strictly browser-based, then you’ll need to plug in a microphone. You can test out your microphone on Midomi. If you want to use its app, here’s how:

Installing SoundHound on Android

1. Locate and launch the Google Play Store app. Its icon is a colorful triangle. You can find the Google Play Store app on one of the home screens or inside of your App Drawer. All currently installed apps are in your App Drawer.

2. In the Google Play Store, tap the search bar at the top and, when your virtual keyboard appears, type in “SoundHouse.” Select it from the search results.

3. On SoundHound’s information page, tap INSTALL. Doing so will automatically download and install SoundHound to your Android device.

Installing SoundHound on iOS

1. Locate and launch the App Store program. Its icon is of several white writing utensils in the shape of an “A,” against a blue backdrop. You can find the App Store somewhere on your home screen. If you can’t find it, you might be swiping past it. Don’t forget to check inside any app folders you may have, too.

2. In the App Store, select Search in the bottom right corner of the screen, indicated by a magnifying glass. With your virtual keyboard, type in “SoundHound,” and choose it from the search results below.

3. On SoundHound’s information page, select GET and then INSTALL. It will immediately download and, afterwards, install SoundHound straight to your iOS device.

Using the SoundHound App

1. Locate and launch SoundHound. Since it was recently installed, it should show up on one of your home screens. If it isn’t there, you’ll find it in your App Drawer.

The first time launching SoundHound will have the app asking for permission to use certain features of your phone like your mic. Do allow them. Without permission, it can’t listen to your humming or audio clip. In other words, it can’t help you otherwise.

Soundhound listening to music

2. No login account is required. Tap the SoundHound icon in the center and start humming the tune of the song. Be loud, clear and keep your phone about six inches away from your mouth and, preferably, in a location where no one can make fun of your humming.

soundhound finds the song

3. Depending on the length of the humming, as well as the clarity, SoundHound will find it quickly or you’ll have to give it a few tries. But when it does work, more often than not, you’ll find the song you were looking for or, at the very least, a few search results.

SoundHound works better when it has an audio clip to go off of, making it a go-to for finding that special song. It can be a bit finicky, admittedly so, but has the power to clear the fog over a song you’ve been humming to yourself for days.

Using the Midomi Website

If you have no intention of lugging around another app on your mobile device, then Midomi’s own website will prove useful. You’ll need a microphone. You can use a mobile device and Midomi’s website that way, and it will work, but the act of recording doesn’t always work. Stick to the desktop version.

1. Plug an external microphone into your computer.

2. Launch your preferred web browser and head on over to Midomi’s homepage.

click the microphone to start recording

3. At the very top, you’ll see a microphone icon, clicking it will start the recording. Start humming your song. For the best results, hum loud and clear, but don’t have the mic against your mouth, and hum a good 10 seconds.

4. After 10 seconds, it will present to you search results based on your humming.

Like the app, it isn’t perfect. It can give you the wrong results, but it’s based entirely on the way the humming is represented. Consider using an audio clip, if you happen to have one.

Bottom Line

Isn’t technology great? When you’re agonizing over a tune stuck in your head, technology has evolved enough to pick up on the subtle musical cues of specific songs, even badly humming a song is enough to go off of. Using any of the solutions above, or all of them, can certainly find the song you’ve been desperately searching for. As long as you, at the very least, have the tune of the song, you can find it.

With that being said, not every song will have a music video. However, since the artist or band has finally been revealed to you, you’re welcome to find out if any music videos exist.