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Spotify now allows you to search for songs by lyrics

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Ever desperately wanted to find a song you heard once, but weren’t sure of the artist or its name and you could only remember a fraction of the lyrics? It was a frustrating time, especially before the days of Google and Shazam, and meant you had to literally try and keep the radio on while hoping to hear that particular tune again and just who was responsible for it.

Thankfully, the internet has made that search a lot easier, and Spotify is joining in on that action. You’re now able to search for songs on its massive and diverse catalogue, simply by typing in the lyrics:

Earlier this year Spotify had introduced real-time lyrics provided by Musixmatch, and now we’re seeing the evolution of that lyric database. What’s impressive is that according to people who have used it in trials, is that the search feature works pretty quickly, despite the massive library of songs in Spotify’s catalogue.  

It’s a great feature, especially when you’re racking your brain trying to find a song that you heard and liked. If you’re anything like me though, it probably won’t help as I tend to mishear lyrics and will search for the wrong thing anyway.

Like that song about building a city on sausage rolls by Jefferson Starship.

Last Updated: October 7, 2020


  1. Ant Visagie

    October 7, 2020 at 16:12

    If it works for mumble rap then I’ll be impressed and bow my head to Spotify’s code monkeys.


    • MechMachine

      October 7, 2020 at 16:20

      I often hear them Yanks listening to this…music on stream when watching Twitch and I wonder what actually happened to music. I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a genre of music at some point called drool, where people make smacking sounds and just spit at the mic….


      • Ant Visagie

        October 8, 2020 at 12:48

        I like hip hop and 90s rap, because my dad made me listen to it a lot when we moved to Amsterdam. Mumble rap is what happens when everyone gets a participation trophy and even the dumb kids are allowed a recording deal.


        • MechMachine

          October 8, 2020 at 14:21

          LOL. Yeah, I was always a fan of Cypress Hill and other select hop hop stuff growing up. As with anything, I just grew out of it. Still enjoy the occasional classic when it pops on somewhere.


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