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 lyrics, you can search for the song to gather details such as 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 usually need are a few words from the song, and the lyrics finder will do all the hard work for you to locate the song name.

A song lyrics search 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 lyric finders will show you all the music lyrics.

The sites listed below are built to find only lyrics, but you might also have luck finding the song by lyrics with 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.

What We Don't Like

  • Shows other results beyond just lyrics.

  • Sometimes provides videos instead of lyrics.

You're right, Google is technically far more than a simple lyric search tool, but you should know that it's easily the best way to look up a song by its lyrics. You probably used Google to get here anyway, so use the button below to jump there again, and then type the lyrics into the search box to see what it finds.

The trick here is to surround the lyrics in quotes so that the search engine locates those 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 the context along with the rest of the lyrics, and even shows you where you can go to listen to that song.

One way Google helps you find lyrics is by partnering with LyricFind. If that website doesn't have lyrics for the song 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 accompany 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.

What We Don't Like

  • Lyrics aren't always accurate.

  • Too many ads.

If a Google search for the lyrics 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 by its lyrics or looking up lyrics by the song name.

Some other areas of the site that 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.

LyricsMode offers a song archive with more than 700,000 listings for more than 30,000 artists, and anyone can add lyrics if they're not already there.

To get free lyrics here, search for the song or browse the band, 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 web search engine.

You can find the 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 movie.

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Lyrics Mania

Lyrics Mania home page

What We Like

  • Clean design throughout the site.

  • Appropriate context for each song.

What We Don't Like

  • Has a hard time finding a song when searching by lyrics.

Lyrics Mania presents 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 the lyrics, song name, or artist.

When you find your lyrics, 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.

Like most of these lyrics searchers, Musixmatch lets you find a song using the lyrics as well as find lyrics using the song name. There's a search bar that lets you search by title, artist, or lyrics, but also an artist list you can browse through.

This website has a Top Lyrics page to help you find the most searched for lyrics 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 the 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.

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 for lyrics: by artist, album, song, or label.

There's also a listing of iTunes Top Songs and a Song of the Day for some other ways to find lyrics.