Have you ever heard a song on the radio or television and wanted to know who sang it? Has it ever bothered you to the point of obsession?
Through the miracle of the internet, it’s easy to find out who sang that song you heard. Not only can you find who sang the song, but you can find out what album or albums that cover of the song is on. In most cases, you can find a full set of lyrics, though you might be leery of how accurate they are.
1. Pick out a few words from the song.
Try to select distinctive words that won’t show up in a whole lot of songs. Most songs have a chorus which plays two or three times in the song. Pick out a few of the distinctive words from the chorus.
Once you have a few song lyrics, look those lyrics on yahoo.com or google.com. A google search including the song lyrics along with the words “song lyrics” will bring up multiple lyrics for the song in question. These are often sites with hundreds or thousands of songs. It might take a little patience to find the right cover of the tune, and you might have to try several different sites to find your song. This depends on how obscure or how old the song is.
2. Sometimes, you’ll find that more than one person has covered the song.
To make sure you find the right version, you may have to do a little detective work. Sometimes, lyrics sites will include the year the song was recorded. If it is a new song, then the newest version is the one likeliest to be the one you’ve heard.
If you are still unsure, you might try looking up the song on Wikipedia. You might learn something about the song or the artist that will tip you off as to which cover is the one you are interested in.
3. If you still aren’t sure you’ve found the right song, investigate further using Amazon.com.
Go to their main page. Once there, select “music” on their list of subject searches on Amazon’s internal search engine. Type in the song title on this internal search engine.
Listen to any selections which come up until you hear the version of the song you are looking for. You can probably narrow it down to one or two selections. Amazon only allows you to listen to 30 seconds of any given song, but this should be enough for you to determine if you have the right song version.
Another option is to go to Napster or Limewire to listen to their song selections. Many of these services allow you to listen to a song without paying to download. It’s impossible to keep up with which ones have which policies at any given time, so you might have to search for that on your own.
Of course, if you are on a dial up connection, this isn’t really an option. Fortunately, there is a way to listen to song selections offline.
4. If you don’t have a high speed connection, you may have to use guess work and chance it.
If you live near one of the book/music store chains, there is another option. Stores like Barnes and Noble or Hastings often allow you to listen to their entire archives of songs for free. Just look for the headsets in their music sections.