Identify the Song Stuck in Your Head


Letís be honest, as intelligent geeks, we know most of the stuff in how-to’s around the web. Weíre pretty much the people that write them. Theyíre usually designed for the less-than-tech-savvy, who find them thoroughly engaging, but often we find how-to guides yawn-worthy.

Well in one of the latest posts from How-To Geek I discovered something I didnít know before!

The post discusses the best ways to identify a song that youíre listening to, or have listened to.

Most of us with smartphones have already heard of apps like Shazam and SoundHound, which allow you to record a snippet of song, send it to some magical place on the Internet, and solve all debates over which generic pop star sings the song thatís playing. I have used Shazam in many a club and bar and I can nod approvingly at this method identifying playing songs. It even identified a few Hindi songs which I found kinda cool.

What I found awesome were the options for if a) you donít have a smartphone or b) the song is stuck on your head. While many of you may already be aware of these tools, I was not so enlightened and I think theyíre pretty funky ones that everyone should know about.

Firstly thereís what you do if you donít have a smartphone. Most phones do have some sort of voice recorder. Record your song, upload it to your computer, enable stereo mix (how to do it on Windows 7, Iím not really sure how on MacÖ anyone know a way? I figure you can just play the song into the mic on your computer directly from your phone? I may be wrong.) then head over to, click play and youíre sweet.

You can also sing or hum into the feature at midomi, which is pretty cool. I believe you can hum into SoundHound too since, if Iím not mistaken, it is the same software as

However, not all of us are very good singers, and sometimes even awesome new technology is no good at figuring out what note we meant to sing. Thatís where the next awesome bit comes in.

First, thereís the jfgi option. If you remember some (any) of the lyrics, just type them into Google followed by ďlyricsĒ. Iíve done this countless times Ė itís definitely the best way to go if you remember some of the words.

But if you really canít remember any words Ė or the song is electronic and doesnít have any words Ė you can hit up Wat Zat Song! This is an epic site and it makes me so excited that something like this exists! Here you can sign up, record your lovely little hum, along with some description about where you vaguely remember hearing it, and itís put out there for the world to help you answer. Itís like a big audio forum for trying to figure out songs.

Now that is cool. Iím not sure if Iíll ever use it, but if anyone has used it, let us know about your experience!

Never leave an annoying song to bounce around in your head unlabelled ever again!

[Via How-To Geek]

4 Responses to Identify the Song Stuck in Your Head

  1. I've used Soundhound a few times, but I appreciate learning about these other tools. Anything to help me identify songs, particularly songs that I'm not listening to at that exact moment, is a good thing.

    But what I really need is a way to get a song that is stuck in my head un-stuck. I've had a song stuck in my head for the last few days… and the really annoying thing is, I've heard the song twice, so I don't even know all the verses, just the chorus (which is repeating over and over and over). And it isn't even that great of a song. I'm not trying to identify the song (I know what it is) I just want it OUT.

    • I find singing 'I'm a little teapot' gets all real music to evacuate the space between my ears. Then you have to do something else quickly in case that sticks instead…

  2. I've used Shazaam and Soundhound and in my opinion Soundhound takes the crown for song recognition. I never knew of the other sites I will have to check them out! And of course there is the google it method :)

  3. If you're going the smartphone route, SoundHound is way better than Shazam because it gives you unlimited tags for free and, since it does the humming thing that Midomi does, it's better at identifying songs through background noise. On my iPhone, I can even open SoundHound up while playing music through the iPod app and it will usually give me the lyrics (sometimes it doesn't have them, but more often than not, it does).