How to find a music video by describing it

How to Find a Music Video By Describing it

Have you ever wondered how to find a music video by describing it? You can’t stop thinking about the song you heard the other day when you were driving and it is driving you crazy. The only thing you remember about the song is that one lyric about the boy breaking up with his girlfriend – but you can’t think of the name of the song. As you try to move on with your day, you get more frustrated that you can’t remember the name of the song!

We’ve all been in that situation. If you are struggling right now to figure out the name of a song, worry no more. Below I will discuss how to find a music video by describing it so you can go back to your sweet memories.

Start By Identifying What You Know

Start By Identifying What You Know
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Think about everything you remember about the music video you want to find. Do you know the name of the singer or band? Do you recall any line from the verse or the chorus of the song? Can you think of what genre the music video is? When the music video was released? Who performed in the music video? If you know any of this information, it will narrow your search and make you much more likely to find what you’re looking for.

Type whatever information you remember into google. For example, let’s say the song we are looking for is “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, but we can’t remember the title or the artist. We only remember one lyric from the song: it has the words “supposed to fire my imagination.” Once we type those words into the Google search bar, the first thing to show up is a youtube video of “Satisfaction”. 

Don’t be upset if you can’t find what you are looking for right away. It is possible to have over a million results pop up. If this happens, explore the first two pages.

Search By Keywords

Adding keywords to your search bar will help google out in finding what you are looking for. Examples of keywords are top sad country songs, 80s rock music, pop music love songs, 2000 disco music, even 107.5 radio playlist. Searching by the release year and adding the music genre can give more relevant results. 

Use a Song Identifier App

The app store has developed many different song identifier applications that are used to help users find their favorite music videos and tracks. If the song is currently playing and you just want to know the name, simply open the app and start recording.

If you don’t have access to the song, rather than having to type information in, song identifier apps give you the option to hum into the microphone to find your desired song. After you hum for 10-15 seconds, the app will suggest the title, artist, and album of the song if it finds any matches. Depending on how well your humming melody and singing lyrics match the song, this may be a simple solution to your problem. 

Song identifier apps you can use: Shazam, Sound Hound, and Musixmatch lyrics.

Use Reddit or Another Online Source

No matter how popular the song is or where you were when you heard it, you can ask every music enthusiast alive today. Reddit is a website that has a section called “r/tipofmytounge” offering over 1.3 million registered members who are happy to help you find your missing song.

You can ask anything you need on this site from “I am looking for the name of the song that has these lyrics…” to “there was a music video from the late 80s where two girls were at a bar.” If someone recognizes what you are talking about, they’ll respond with the title of the song, the name of the artist, or a link to the music video. The more detailed you are in your post, the more likely you are to find someone who can respond correctly.

Last Resort if All Else Fails

If none of the above tactics work for you, the last attempt you can try is looking for clues from your friends and family. Music is a special form of social communication and a lot of the songs we’ve been introduced to have come from the people we surround ourselves with. Checking their social media accounts or even their Spotify may provide you with the information you need. You can also call or text them to see if they can help pinpoint the music video you are looking for. 

How to Find a Music Video By Describing it: Conclusion

I hope by now you have had that “aha” moment and found the music video that has been stuck in your head. Don’t give up, it is possible to find what you are looking for with one or multiple of the same tips.

Written by: Lilly Bernardis

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