How to identify any song just by singing it

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You know that song. You know the chorus, the beat, that solo, even that crazy drum filling. you know that song, but you have no idea what it’s called. It happens all the time: Wwhether it’s a song you heard on the radio, or a song a friend introduced you too years ago there is music in your head that you cannot identify. Modern technology has solutions—but usually only if you have the actual number to hand

As it turns out, the Google app is your new musical best friend. If you use the app, you may know it as a one-stop shop for search, news, and other Google-related activities. But perhaps the best quality no one knows about is the ability to identify numbers. Of course you can use it like you do with Shazam or something like that: YYou can hold your phone against a number in your area and the Google app will analyze and identify it. But Google goes one step further: wIf you activate the song search, it will listen to any type of music, including your own voice. That means, whether you know all the words, or just a faint tune, you can sing or hum in the app to try and identify that song.

It works surprisingly well. For some reason, the first song that came to my mind to test was Jack White’s “Seven Nation Army”. So I gave it a buzz. See, Google turned around with the correct answer with a 63% match (I felt my humming was more accurate than that). It was also able to identify Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down,” The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” (although MonaLisa Twins’ version apparently more closely matched my vocals), and Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.” .

I was introduced to this feature by TikTok creator Fentydrone, whose video showed success identifying “Hand In My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette and “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman. It really works, and it is For real cool.

Each result is assigned a percentage match based on your sample, and it seems to vary without much reason (singing with the right words vs. humming a tune didn’t seem to have any apparent impact on the match). You’ll also see other possible matches: While these additional matches are often covers of different versions of the same song, sometimes they’re completely different tracks. It’s fun to tap on any of these options to see how similar or different they are to the song you were thinking of. lIt can be a good source of inspiration for your favorite melodies, or newer songs that are clearly inspired by your music.

To try it out for yourself, make sure you have the Google app on your iPhone or android† Open the app and then tap the microphone icon in the search field. From here, tap “Find a song” and start singing.

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