Google can help you identify a song by singing it or just humming the melody.
You know this chanson. You know the lyrics, you know the beat, you know the solo, you know every second of it, but you have no idea what the title is. It happens frequently, whether it’s a song you heard on the radio or a friend played you years ago. And sometimes it even remains anchored in your head, impossible to identify. Fortunately, modern technologies can help.
Google can help you identify a song
The Google app is your best friend in this case. If you use it, you know that it is an essential passage for research, news. However, one of its best “secret” features is its ability to identify songs. You can use it like Shazam or whatever, by letting the microphone pick up the song that’s playing and the Google app will analyze it and identify it, but Google goes further: when you activate the song search, it listen to any type of music, including your own voice. This means that even if you only know the melody or a few words, you can sing or hum and the app will try to identify it.
Singing it or just humming the melody
And it all works surprisingly well. Test the functionality yourself. Think of a song, hum it and see how Google does. You might well be surprised. And your brain will say thank you for finally being able to put a title and/or an artist on this song that you have in mind.
With each result, the app displays a percentage match depending on what you sang/hummed and this seems to vary for no real reason – singing with the exact lyrics or humming the melody doesn’t seem to have a significant impact on this score -. You may also see other possible matches: although these matches are most often different versions of the same song, occasionally you will see completely different songs. It can be a source of inspiration to find your favorite melodies or new songs directly inspired by what you have in mind.
To try it yourself, make sure you have the Google app on your iPhone or Android smartphone, open the app, and tap the microphone icon in the search field. From there, tap on “Search Song” and start singing.