An image of a phone playing a song.

Most often than not, we all find ourselves in the situation where we come across a soothing song being played on the radio, television or probably in a car and we develop some desire for the song but here lies the case where you don’t know the title or artist of the song.

When this happens, you might probably give up on searching for the song. Luckily enough, technology has made it possible and easier for you to find the title and author as well as other details of a particular song being played just by the use or help of your smartphone.


Below is a list of 5 best music finder apps and a little detail on each of the applications.

A screenshot of Shazam Application.

You might have heard a lot of people saying “Shazam this song.” Without doubt, Shazam app is most popular among the song finders apps. Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by hundreds of millions of people each month to instantly identify music that’s playing and see what others are discovering. All for free.

And that’s just the beginning: One-tap access to video clips, song lyrics, related tracks and streaming services, where you can listen to your Shazams in full or buy them. The app is ridiculously fast in recognizing songs.

Once the song is identified, the Android app offers different choices. For instance, you can play an excerpt of the song or watch its YouTube video, sing along with the lyrics, and much more.

The app also features a pop-up tool which identifies music while using other apps. Then you have offline Shazam; automatically identifying the song once the user is back online.


A screenshot of SoundHound Application

Ever thought of going extra extents to find a song just by humming it out? Well SoundHound is the best application for that.

Sound Hound is very similar to music streaming apps out there. Apart from identifying music, the Android app offers different music categories to choose from. Unlike Shazam, it plays music videos rather than just music. Saying “Ok Hound” allows you to search for an artist and play songs.

Other than that, you can see lyrics of songs, connect to Spotify and buy songs on Google Play. One more feature that sets Soundhound apart from other music identifiers is the web-based version, which use your PC microphone to recognize songs. Interesting huh!!

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A screenshot of Musixmatch application.

Musixmatch is the world’s largest collection of song lyrics used by millions of people to get instant synchronised lyrics for Youtube, Spotify, Pandora and more. 
You can also now use it to get song translations on the go.

Unlike other song finder apps, Musixmatch is entirely focused on providing lyrics and recognizing songs. Nevertheless, it does an outstanding job at that.

Musixmatch floating lyrics feature can showcase lyrics of nearly any song in the world and even bolds out lyrics real-time as the song track plays in the background. This music finder app also features a translated version of the lyrics. Sadly, not every song has been translated into different languages.

You can create flashcards of lyrics like quoting an excerpt from the song and sharing it on social media.


A screenshot of Music ID application.

With Music ID, you can instantly identify music playing around you – for free. See album art for your favorite artists the way they intended it, in all its glory. Add a note to yourself so you can remember WHY and WHERE you identified that amazing song. Like that tune you heard in the local coffee shop? Wan’t to know more about that hot new artist? Tap and see more of their music, view similar artists, and more.

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t showcase the lyrics of a song. But one of its Pros is that it displays a detailed profile of every artist like movies and TV shows information, biographical data, etc.


Screenshots of google song recognition.

Sorry to break it to you, this is much more less of an app but all the same it ends up executing the same task you wants it to.

Google has a lot of exciting that you can explore endlessly. One of them is Google in-house music recognition. To identify songs on Google, just open the Google search assistant or do that thing – “Ok Google”

If you’re in hurry, tap on the music icon on the bottom right corner which will boost up the speed of music recognition.

Google music recognition doesn’t feature any song charts or something like that. It’s just a plain and simple song identifier. Once Google recognizes the track, you will be prompted to search results where you can look up for lyrics, play it on Spotify and youtube, etc.

The best part is you don’t need to download any music identifier app. The pre-installed Google search on your smartphone will do everything for you and this tends to be the best solution to those who are struggling with device storage space.


Shazam and Musixmatch appears to be the leading apps and I personally prefer Shazam. Well if you already have any of these apps installed, let us know of your review or experience in the comment session below. If you are yet to download any of these, then read through and make a right decision based on your preferences. Let us know in the comment session the app which best suits you.


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