You’re watching a video on YouTube, and it has a catchy song playing in the background. You want to find the song from this video, but how do you figure out what music it is?
Identifying some music tracks in videos is easy, while others require a little more persistence. Follow our step-by-step walkthrough to find the music in any YouTube video (or other online video) you watch.
1. Check the Video’s Description to Find Its Music
The first step is an easy method to find songs used on YouTube, but it’s one that many people overlook. You’ll often see credits for copyrighted music in video descriptions. YouTube adds this information automatically when it detects licensed music. This is part of the Content ID system that allows copyright owners to claim their intellectual property on YouTube.
Thus, your first stop to identify a song in a YouTube video should be the video’s description box. Click Show More to see the whole description. Then, scroll down and you’ll find a section called Music in this video.
This will show the song’s name, artist, and some other information. If the track is available on YouTube, clicking it will take you to that song.
Videos that use multiple songs will list multiple tracks here. However, they don’t always appear in the right order, so you’ll have to give them a listen to figure out which one you liked.
If you don’t see this information on a video, YouTube wasn’t able to identify it automatically. You’ll thus have to dig more on your own to identify the track.
2. Search for the Song’s Lyrics on Google
If the music you want to identify from a video has lyrics, you don’t need a Shazam for YouTube or anything like that. Simply listen carefully for the words to the song, and search for a line or two of the lyrics on Google.
Most of the time, this will easily identify the song name, artist, and even bring up a video or further information. If it doesn’t find anything, try the same search on Find Music By Lyrics. This engine is powered by Google, but it tweaks some settings to focus on musical content. This makes it a better YouTube song finder for this purpose.
The main problem with this method of finding songs is that it doesn’t account for covers. Many movie trailers, for example, use covers of well-known songs. If you listen to a bit of the result and it doesn’t sound like what you heard in the video, don’t worry. Once you know the song title, try searching for that plus some additional information, such as the movie title.
Failing that, you can try searching for the song title plus “cover” and seeing what comes up. If you’re lucky, there will only be a few covers of the song, making it easy to pick out the one you heard in the video.
Everyone likes finding new music, so there’s a good chance you aren’t the first viewer wondering what song is in that video. Read or search through the YouTube comments and you might just come across the question and its answer.
You can try the old-fashioned way first. Begin by scrolling down on the page for a bit so that more of the comments load. Then press Ctrl + F (or Cmd + F on a Mac) to open the Find box in your browser. Type song, and scroll through the comments that use the word.
Whether this helps you find the song in a YouTube video depends on the number and quality of comments, so it might not always work. If you can’t find anything with song, try searching for music or track too.
A better way to search the comments for the name of the music is the dedicated YTComment Finder site. While it’s not particularly polished, the page allows you to search the comments of any YouTube video. Simply enter the URL of the video you want to search, then click Search this video underneath its entry.
From there, type song (or another keyword) and you’ll see all the matching comments. If none of the comments mention the name of the track, click View replies on someone’s comment to hopefully find the answer in a response.
If you don’t find anything, you can try leaving your own comment asking for help with identifying the music. Just don’t be surprised if you get a few “Darude—Sandstorm” responses when you ask this. That’s one of the most annoying types of YouTube comments.
4. Use a Music Identification App to Check Songs in Videos
At this point, you might wonder how to Shazam a video to identify the music inside. As it turns out, you can often do just that to analyze the music in a YouTube video. Alternatively, there are browser extensions that specialize in identifying songs used in YouTube videos.
1. AHA Music (Chrome)
ACRCloud offers a few music identification tools on its website. The easiest one for finding a song in a YouTube video is the free Chrome extension, which is worth installing if you’re still stumped on what music is in a video.
Start playing the video with the song you want to identify, then click the icon of the Chrome extension. It will attempt to identify the song used in the video. Once it lists the song, you can use the shortcuts it provides to open the track in various music services.
Plus, AHA Music maintains a log of all the songs it’s identified, so you can easily look up past tunes again. It isn’t just limited to YouTube, either; it can identify music playing in any Chrome tab.
Download: AHA Music for Chrome (Free)
2. Shazam (Android and iPhone)
As we mentioned, if you’ve been wondering how to Shazam a video, the answer is in the question. Shazam is still one of the best music identification apps, and it works just fine for identifying music in YouTube videos. You’ll need to download the app on your mobile phone, but you can use it to analyze music from your desktop speakers.
When you’re watching a video on your computer, fire up Shazam on your phone. Hold the phone close to your speakers when the song starts playing, and Shazam will identify it in no time after you tell it to search. In case you don’t have a phone handy, try AHA Music’s online song identifier, which will do the same in your browser.
If you want to find a song from a video playing on your phone, you can use the Pop-Up mode on Android or Shazam functionality built into the iPhone. On Android, go to Shazam > Library > Settings and enable Shazam from Pop-Up. You’ll need to then follow the instructions to allow Shazam to display over other apps.
Once this is done, go back to your video and start playing it. When the song that you want to identify starts, tap the floating Shazam button. Shazam will identify the song and you’ll finally know what it is.
If you’re an iPhone owner, you can instead use the Shazam shortcut in Control Center to identify music playing from your phone. See how to identify music playing on your iPhone for full instructions.
5. Ask Music Experts on a Forum to Identify a Song
If the above methods have all failed to detect the song from a YouTube video, you only have one option left. You need to to ask someone else and hope they know what it is. Luckily, the internet has forums and communities that focus on figuring out hard-to-identify songs.
These are three great places to start:
Each of these forums assumes you have already tried the above options and failed, so make sure you’ve done your due diligence first. To make it easy for people helping out, you should use the YouTube URL trick that lets you link to the part of the video where the music starts. Pause the video at the right point, then right-click and choose Copy video URL at current time.
The clearer your question is, the better your chances are of getting a quick and accurate answer. It’s best to note if you’ve already ruled out certain tracks, or include any information about where you think the song might be from.
Find Out What Song Is in That YouTube Video
Hopefully, you can use these steps to find the music in any YouTube video. With the wealth of information on the internet, the chances are that you’ll find it before too long.
If all else fails, it’s not a bad idea to reach out to the video’s uploader on social media. Perhaps they’ll be willing to answer your question; after all, they were the one that added the song.
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