Have you ever been in that situation where you hear a soothing song on the Radio, and before you could figure out its name….poof….it’s gone? Now, you might not recall the lyrics, and you definitely don’t know the artist. Basically, you’re at your wit’s end. So how do you identify this song?
Thankfully, there are song finder apps available for Android devices, which can help you identify songs merely by humming into your smartphone’s built-in mic. Song recognition apps a.k.a. Music ID apps mainly collect samples of the listened music and compare the audio fingerprint to a huge online database of songs.
In a nutshell, song finder apps answer one of the most common questions we ask while listening to some new playlist: “What song is this?” or “What’s playing in the background?”
Here, I have compiled a list of top best song finder apps available on Android in 2020, so you don’t lose out on any song ever again. At the end of each app, I have rated these music finder apps based on their song recognition speed and accuracy. So, let’s get started:
List of Best Music Finder Apps for Android (2020)
- Google Now Playing
- Music ID
You might have heard people saying, “Shazam this song.” Undoubtedly, the Shazam app is most popular among the song finders apps. Kicking a three-panel alluring interface, the app is ridiculously fast in recognizing songs. Although ads on the free version are kind of annoying.
Once it identifies the song, the Android app offers different choices. For instance, you can play an excerpt of the song, watch its YouTube video, sing along with the lyrics, and much more.
The app also features a pop-up tool that identifies music while using other apps. Then you have offline Shazam, automatically identifying the song once the user is back online.
Shazam app can also ID posters, magazines, and movies using the camera, not to mention the embedded QR code reader. You can also discover song charts to see which tracks are popular in your area and tap on music apps icons like Spotify and Google Play Music for listening to entire songs.
Price – Free
- Music recognition speed of Shazam : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of Shazam: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sound Hound is very similar to music streaming apps out there. Apart from identifying music, the Android app offers different music categories to choose from. Unlike Shazam, it plays music videos rather than just music.
Sound Hound app also features its own song assistant. Saying “Ok Hound” allows you to search for an artist and play songs. Surprisingly, it’s the only best song finder app for 2020 that can identify the humming of a song.
Other than that, you can see lyrics of songs, connect to Spotify and buy songs on Google Play. One more feature that sets Soundhound apart from other music identifiers is the web-based version, which uses your PC microphone to recognize songs.
While using the song identifier, I found the user interface a little unfriendly and restrictive. Especially, with the floating video window that never seems to go away. And similar to what we see in Youtube videos; turning off the screen will immediately halt the music.
Price – Free/Premium $5.99
- Music recognition speed of Sound Hound : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of Sound Hound: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Unlike other song finder-cum-media apps, Musixmatch is entirely focused on providing lyrics and recognizing songs. Nevertheless, it does an outstanding job at that.
Musixmatch floating lyrics feature can showcase lyrics of nearly any song in the world and even bolds out words in real-time as the song track plays in the background. This music finder app also features a translated version of the lyrics. Sadly, not every song has been translated into different languages.
You can create flashcards of lyrics like quoting an excerpt from the song and sharing it on social media.
MusicXmatch premium version allows word by word sync while you’re singing the song, similar to karaoke music apps. Also, you have the option of offline lyrics.
Price – Free with in-app purchases
- Music recognition speed of MusiXmatch : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of MusiXmatch: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5. Google Music Recognition – Now Playing
Google has a lot of exciting search tricks waiting for you to explore. One of them is Google in-house music recognition feature called Now Playing. To identify songs on Google, just open the Google Assistant or do that thing – “Ok Google.”
If you’re in a hurry, tap on the music icon on the bottom right corner, which will boost up the speed of music recognition.
Google music recognition doesn’t feature any song charts or something like that. It’s just a plain and simple song identifier. Although, once Google recognizes the track, you will be prompted to search results where you can look up for lyrics, play it on Spotify and YouTube, etc.
The best part is you don’t need to download any music identifier app. The pre-installed Google app on your smartphone will do everything for you. In case, you want to check your song recognition history, you can do so in Android Settings.
Price – Free
- Music recognition speed of Google : ⭐⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of Google : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
4. Music ID
Although Music ID does not provide any unique features that aren’t listed above, it is excellent for people who just need a minimalistic looking app, providing one of the best music recognition capabilities and soundtracks tags.
The music finder app features the Explore tab, where you can see information about top songs and different artists. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t showcase the lyrics of a song. But on the bright side, you can add comments on the identified songs.
One interesting feature of the Music ID Android app is that it displays a detailed profile of every artist like movies and TV shows information, biographical data, etc.
Price – Free
- Music recognition speed of Music ID : ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of Music ID: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genius is another popular song finder app available on Google Play. The cool app interface makes it easy to navigate the massive song library and view top charts.
The app features real-time lyrics which doesn’t work as smoothly as MusiXmatch. Other than that, you can search for any song and see its lyrics. You can even play the video of the song.
The app allows you to download lyrics of the identified song so that you can read the lyrics while you’re offline. Also, the app features an entire video library.
- Music recognition speed of Genius : ⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of Genius: ⭐⭐⭐
Beatfind is one song-recognition app that uplifts the entire listening experience. Rather than just searching for music, it actually syncs with the music and brings a flashing strobe light effect via using the smartphone flashlight.
You will see mesmerizing animations trying to blend with the beats of the songs. But there is one significant problem with the Beatfind music finder app — the ads.
To identify a song in 2020, one needs to click on the search icon at the bottom of the screen. However, most of the time, it hides behind the ad pop-ups.
Apart from this, it encompasses all the known elements like keeping a history of recognized songs, listening to songs on Spotify, Youtube, etc.
Price – Free
- Music recognition speed of BeatFind : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of BeatFind : ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Soly is another song finder app that can identify songs as well as come up with lyrics. It also has an embedded music player, which means you can play songs stored on your device
Although Soly’s song recognition is good, it encompasses a bunch of issues. The most irksome element of Soly is the ad bombs which are more frequent than any other song identifier apps mentioned here.
Other than that, Soly lyrics usually don’t come up when it identifies a song. On the other hand, it has a lyrics search column where one can manually look for lyrics.
Price – Free
- Music recognition speed of Soly : ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Music recognition accuracy of Soly : ⭐⭐⭐
Tips to identify songs
Now, the music recognition apps we have mentioned are quite capable but there are a couple of things you need to remember while identifying a song. For example, the app might face problems if the environment is too noisy or if other songs being played simultaneously.
In that case, moving your phone closer to the audio source might help. Also, at times when the app can’t analyze a particular song, it could possible that the song is a music cover or personal composition that’s not present in the database of the song recognition app.
Which song recognition app you liked the most?
It appears that Shazam and MusiXmatch are the top songs finder apps as of now. However, every app offers a unique set of attributes accompanying the music identifying tool. For instance, the SoundHound lets you identify songs simply by humming. So, try different apps before making your final decision.
Regarding the music recognition efficiency, Shazam will always top the list of song finder apps. Nevertheless, MusiXmatch has become quite popular too with its equally fast music recognition tool.
Tell us which song finder app best suited you in the comments below. For more helpful posts on Android apps, keep reading Fossbytes.