7 Best Song Lyrics Finders

No more mumbling the parts you don't know

Finding music using lyrics is the next best method for identifying unknown songs after using reverse music search tools. If you can make out at least some of the words, you can search for the song to gather details like what it's called, who sings it, the genre it belongs to, and more.

A lyric lookup tool is much like a regular search engine but the focus rests solely on music lyrics. All you need are a few words from the song, and the finder does all the hard work for you. The tool is also helpful if you already know the song but you're not quite sure about the lyrics. Just search for the song name or artist/band, and these tools do the rest.

While the sites listed below are built to find only lyrics, you might also have luck using a video sharing site such as YouTube. What you'll typically end up with is a lyric video where you can listen and read the lyrics simultaneously.

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Google lyrics search
What We Like
  • Usually works on the first try.

  • Provides lots of advanced search commands if you need them.

  • One of the most robust search engines on the internet.

What We Don't Like
  • Shows other results beyond just lyrics.

  • Sometimes provides videos instead of lyrics.

Google is far more than a lyric search tool, but it's easily the best way to look up a song. You probably used Google to get here anyway, so just go back and type the lyrics you want to find into the search box. The trick here is to surround the lyrics in quotes so the search engine locates those exact words, in that specific order.

Here's an example:

"but I've seen your situation and the world she keeps you in"

As you can see in the screenshot above, Google identifies the song by its lyrics, shows you some context, and even shows you where you can go to listen to that song.

Google also has a partnership with LyricFind. If that website doesn't have what you're looking for, Google is still the best way to dig up a site that does. Plus, there are several advanced search commands you can use with the lyrics to narrow down the results.

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MetroLyrics song lyrics finder
What We Like
  • Good context about artists, including album-focused content.

  • You can edit incorrect lyrics.

  • Includes a top 100 lyrics list.

What We Don't Like
  • Lyrics aren't always accurate.

  • Too many ads.

If a Google search wasn't enough, it's time to jump into sites made specifically for pairing songs with their lyrics. MetroLyrics has a search bar at the top for finding a song or looking up lyrics by song title. Some other areas of the site you might find useful include the Top 100 Lyrics list, the videos section, and the profiles of artists.

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LyricsMode home page
What We Like
  • Emphasis on currently popular and newly released tracks.

  • Clean site design.

  • Links to videos and song snippets.

What We Don't Like
  • Community submitted lyrics may contain errors.

  • Public comments about song lyrics aren't well-governed.

  • Visually plain.

LyricsMode offers a song archive with more than 700,000 listings from more than 30,000 artists. Anyone can add lyrics to the database if they're not already there.

To get free lyrics here, search for the song or browse bands and musicians, check the top new lyrics, or do a simple search. There's also a handy Top New Lyrics page.

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AZLyrics home page
What We Like
  • Context about a song relative to its album.

  • Easy to sort by artist.

  • Anyone can add lyrics to the site.

What We Don't Like
  • The landing page is too sparse to be helpful.

  • Lyrics source is unknown.

  • Lots of website ads.

AZLyrics is marketed as a "place where all searches end." It's been around since 2000 and routinely shows up when searching for lyrics with a search engine like Google or Bing.

You can find lyrics here by using the keyword search tool or by browsing alphabetically. The AZLyrics database has hundreds of thousands of songs, so you're almost guaranteed to find what you're looking for.

Check out their Soundtrack Lyrics sister site to find song lyrics from your favorite movies.

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Lyrics Mania

Lyrics Mania home page
What We Like
  • Clean design throughout the site.

  • Appropriate context for each song.

  • Ability to share lyrics on social media.

What We Don't Like
  • Has a hard time finding a song when searching by lyrics.

  • Soundtracks Lyrics has only four entries.

Lyrics Mania offers a large database of searchable songs. Features include Soundtrack Lyrics, Top 100 Artists, and Top 100 Lyrics. You can also do a simple search for lyrics, song name, or artist.

When you find the lyrics you want, you can print them or share them on social media. You can also submit lyrics yourself.

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Musixmatch lyrics search results
What We Like
  • Better than most sites at searching by lyrics.

  • It's easy to edit existing lyrics for corrections.

  • Several translation options.

What We Don't Like
  • Several ads.

  • The app is buggy.

Like most of these lyrics searchers, Musixmatch lets you search by title, artist, or lyrics, but there's also an artist list you can browse through.

This website has a Top Lyrics page to help you find the most searched for music on the site. There's also a genre list and section for newly added lyrics. These are all extra ways to find new songs but aren't that helpful if you're here just to find music by lyrics. Sharing and embedding lyrics is also supported.

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LyricWiki home page
What We Like
  • Easy-to-use wiki approach.

  • Part of the Fandom collection of sites.

  • Large database of both popular and obscure artists.

What We Don't Like
  • Lyric sources aren't always clearly identified.

  • Too much purple.

  • Editing lyrics isn't allowed.

  • Poorly formatted lyrics pages.

LyricWiki is another free music lyrics finder that has millions of songs in its database. There are a number of ways to search: by artist, album, song, or label. There's also a listing of iTunes Top Songs and a Song of the Day.