How To Identify a Song from a YouTube Video
“Whats the name of this song?” is a question that has probably been asked for as long as music has been played. You hear something you like, and more than anything, you want to know how listen to it again. If you’re watching a music stream or a video with background music on YouTube and you happen to get lucky, the uploader might have added a timestamped track list. If they haven’t, how do you identify a song from a YouTube video?
Identify a Song from a YouTube Video
It’s not easy, but there are a few methods you can use in order to identify a song from a YouTube video. All of them require some detective skills, so dust off your magnifying glass and let’s get to work.
Check the Video Description
Most experienced content creators will add either a track list or music credit to their video description. If you’re lucky and you’re watching the right video, you might also find a hyperlinked time stamp in the description, so you can jump directly around the video to find the right tag, you will also have a hyperlinked time stamp so you can go directly to the song and see if it’s the right one.
Check the Comments
If there isn’t a track list or any information on the song in the description, check the comments. You’re likely not the only one who wants to know what a particular song is in a YouTube video. Read the comments and see if other people have asked about particular songs. Even if the uploader doesn’t answer, sometimes helpful fans will help.
Search for the Lyrics
If you remember some of the lyrics (if there are any), put them into a search engine to see what comes up. There are specific websites that offer lists of lyrics including, Lyrics.com, Lyricsworld.com or Find Music By Lyrics. Google is a little mixed when bringing back results for lyrics. Sometimes it gets them spot on and other times it can bring back seemingly random results, so a few searches may be required.
Use an app to identify the song from YouTube
If none of the easy options work, you can use a third-party app to help you identify the song. If you’re on mobile, Shazam is the go to app for identifying music you hear:
- Install the app if you don’t have it already.
- Play the song in the background with Shazam listening and it should be able to identify it.
If you’re a Chrome user, there is an add-on called AHA Music – Music Identifier that is apparently very good at doing a similar job to Shazam from your browser. There are other apps that can do the same thing either in other browsers or as online services.
Audiotag an the Direct Youtube Link
Another web app option is a service like Audiotag.info. This is a free service that has been around for almost a decade.
To use the site, take the following steps:
- Copy the video URL from YouTube into the Audiotag page and the timestamp in the little box to the right.
- Select “Analyze URL” and let Audiotag go through its’ process.
- If all goes well, you should end up with a correctly identified song. There are other websites like this so if you don’t like the look of this one, try another.
Ask Random People
If all else fails, sites like Wat Zat Song? are useful places to visit if you really need to identify a song from a YouTube video. It’s a human curated site where you upload a clip of the song and other people try to identify it. It’s worth a try if nothing else works!
Those are a few ways to identify a song from a YouTube video. Know of any others that work? Tell us about them below if you do!