At least once in your life – you remember the girl or the guy from the video of the song, but you can’t remember the song’s name! You’re driving to work trying to see if you can catch it on the radio, keeping an ear out for the song at every restaurant but you just can’t seem to catch a break! Don’t worry, listed below are some methods that help in answering the question of how to find a music video by describing it.
Why apps? Well, Google or Bing are the best search engines out there! However, they won’t be of much help unless you remember a couple of words from the song lyrics or have some clue about the name of the artist or the band to look for the music video/song.
These 12 apps are the best music recognition services that can help you discover the song name which can then help you find the music video quickly.
How To Find A Music Video By Describing It Using These 12 Apps!
Step 1: Search a Few Lyrics Into Google
The first step to find a music video by describing it is to do just that on google – try to type what you recall and remember about that song, do you recognize the artist?
If you remember any of the verses or can pinpoint the genre of music the song falls under, you may have a chance. Even if you can only remember a few lyrics of the song, then you might be in such luck that you may find that song.
Good news, you now have the two most commonly used sources for conducting your search: one is the YouTube search, and the other one is to try to search the song from Google that you are looking for.
YouTube’s search engine runs on Google itself but it’s much better to stick to searching on Google because Google will provide you with all the info of the song rather than just the song.
Step 2: Modify The Search Results Using The Advanced Search Methodology
Search operators allow you to tweak your search to specifics and narrow down the results, and they are surprisingly powerful when used the right way. Try to:
- Search a hashtag: #videosfromthe2000s OR #musicvideosfromthe80s
- Exclude words: Add a ‘-,‘ so ‘-male vocalists’ to filter out music videos with male singers.
- Exact match only: Use speech marks like “You give love a bad name” or “In the end it doesn’t even matter” to specify those words only in search.
- Missing words/Wildcard: Add ‘*’ to search for your random song, For example, ‘The best * of all time.’
- Use relations: Use ‘related’ to find supplemental information, ‘related: doesn’t even matter or Bon Jovi.’
- Search by the year/Genre: If you really don’t recall any info about the song or music video, look it up by music videos that can out that year and the genre.
- OR: Use OR to apply multiple filters ‘Hairspray rock OR male singer OR band OR guitar OR punk rock or grunge.
- AND: Use AND to tell Google to include things that match your whole list. “Bon Jovi AND angel’s smile AND 1980s”
- Group: use parentheses to group operators. “(the 1980s AND Bon Jovi) angel’s smile.”
Alternative Method If All Else Fails – Apps!
- Find A Music Video With SoundHound
As the name suggests, song identifier apps are specifically designed to help people find their favorite songs and music videos – One such tool is SoundHound.
Unlike most search engines and apps, song identifier apps allow you to find your desired song by humming into the microphone. In most song identifier apps, all you need to do is click on the ‘“Search a song” button. In some apps, you might have to click on the mic icon and say, “What’s this song?”
Once the mic is activated, hum the song for 10–15 seconds and wait for the results to appear.
- Find A Music Video With Google Assistant
Use Google Assistant to help you find your song. Simply say, “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and hum for a few seconds.
If the search engine recognizes the voice, you will be directed to the page you are looking for.
- Find A Music Video With Midomi
If you have a tune that’s stuck in your head, just grab a microphone, hum that tune yourself and Midomi will be able to tell you what that song is. On the other hand, you can also try to play a short recording of that “unknown” track for Midomi to identify its name.
Unlike other mobile apps where you need to wait for the song to play, Midomi offers a web interface where you can hum or sing for about 10 seconds and the service will then show you a list of matching songs. For best results, keep the volume bar in the green and avoid background noise when you hum the tune stuck in your head.
Midomi is free to use online, but it also provides mobile apps for iPhone and Android smartphones. You can identify songs by placing your phone up to a speaker or by singing / humming the melody into the phone itself.
- Find A Music Video With Name My Tune
Name My Tune is another alternative where you can sing or hum a short clip of the song you are trying to find the name of. Once you are done recording and enter the Genre and Era that you think the song most likely fits in. This app will then send you an email when other people on that site are able to recognize your song which will then help you find the music video.
- Find A Music Video With Shazam
Shazam is a mobile app that is downloadable on most Android and iPhone smartphones but you can also use Shazam on an iPod Touch provided you have an external microphone.
All you have to do is install the Shazam application,
Hold your phone towards the audio source (immediately when you hear the song)
Tap on the Tag button
Let Shazam identify the playing music.
If the tune cannot be recognized, there’s no fee or payment.
The free version of Shazam will help you identify up to 5 different tracks per month while Shazam Encore, the paid version, provides unlimited tracking for $4.99. If you live in the UK, you can use just about any mobile phone to recognize music with Shazam – just dial 2580 and place your phone up to the music.
Shazam can only function with pre-recorded music and not with live performances.
- Find A Music Video With MusicID
Another way to identify a song when you don’t know what it is is to download MusicID.
Hold your iPhone up to some music and this app will tell you what song is playing. It’s a $3 iPhone App available worldwide but if you are on AT&T, you may also use your Blackberry, Windows Mobile or any Java phone to identify music with MusicID.
Like Shazam, MusicID only works with pre-recorded music and they also have an SMS based service for people in America that doesn’t require any downloads – just dial a short code, place your phone up to some music. Next, you’ll get a text message with the song name which can then lead you to the music video.
- Find A Music Video With AudioTag
If you hear a song you like, quickly record a short clip to identify the music to lead you to the video.
If you have a short recording of a song on your computer or your mobile phone, you may use the service at AudioTag to figure out the exact name of that song.
Using this online music recognition app, you can upload a short audio snippet (or even a whole song if you have the time) and Audio will try to identify the track title by comparing the audio to its own music database.
For best results, you should either take a slice from the middle of the song or upload the entire song and the recognition engine will pick the slices randomly by itself.
This method can be especially useful if you can record a portion of the song on your mobile device, and then check out the song’s information whenever you go online.
- Find A Music Video With WatZatSong
When computers fail to identify the song that you are looking for, use the help of a human being who may have an idea about that song.
WatZatSong (“What’s that song?”) is a social site where you can upload a short MP3 audio recording of the song (or record yourself by humming) and other members of the site can then help you guess the exact song name.
The song name suggestions won’t come instantly but you can make their task a bit easier by offering more details about the song like the language in which it is sung or the music style.
You can cross-post the same WatZatSong request to other social sites like Facebook, or Twitter so your entire community can help you in the search.
- Find A Music Video With Musipedia
With Musipedia, you can search for a song by either playing it on a virtual piano keyboard or by whistling it to the computer using any microphone.
Using a virtual keyboard like Musipedia to find the song name is helpful as it is styled after Wikipedia and works best at finding classical music.
Musipedia is only good at searching for songs that exactly match the recording, and can identify all music that contains a particular melody that you just recorded by humming or through the computer keyboard.
- Find A Music Video With MelodyCatcher
If you’re a musician then you can play the tune on a virtual keyboard and MelodyCatcher will help you find the name of the song tune you’re looking for.
With a simple Java-based onscreen keyboard, you can:
Use your mouse to enter the melody,
MelodyCatcher will show you a list of matching songs from across the internet.
There is no need to enter the full melody: the first 5-7 notes will usually be enough to identify a melody.
- Find A Music Video With AHA Music
If the song doesn’t come on the radio but you can recall the melody of the music, the quickest and simplest way is to use a music identifier. AHA Music is a professional song identifier for browsers.
AHA Music provides 2 options to identify music. One is recognizing the music video playing near you, the other is identifying the music video by humming or singing.
- Find A Music Video With Find Music by Lyrics Website
This is not an app, but can help you find the song which will lead you to the music video.
Try the Find Music by Lyrics website, if you remember a specific line or phrase within the song’s lyrics.
Based on Google search technology, this website lets you find any song by lyrics. After knowing the basic information of the song, you can go to Google and enter the song name and the artist’s name, then find the music video you’re looking for.
Hopefully, you should be able to find a music video by describing it with any of the above tips!
Know any other ways to identify a music video without knowing the name? Let us about them below!