3 Awesome Web Apps to Identify a Song by Humming the Tune

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Some of life’s more frustrating moments involve the times when you have something on the tip of your tongue and can’t say it out aloud. Or in the case of a forgotten song, let’s say that it’s on the edge of the ears. Hair wrenching time or not, it helps to know that the web is out there to help solve this problem too.

Identify song by humming tune

Thanks to voice processing and voice recognition technologies, you can get the actual song by just humming the tune or lyrics.

Play on with these three applications and save your grey cells some trouble.


Search songs

Midomi is a neat well-designed website and a unique search engine that’s powered by your voice. The voice search takes up just a corner because Midomi also has a large community of music lovers behind it. Midomi’s ultimate goal is to build the most comprehensive database of searchable music, part of it with user contributions.

Search hits throw up relevant matches along with song videos and links to online retail shops to purchase the song if you want. Midomi also has an advanced search engine which lets you sing in any language and in the style of any musical genre. Of course, you can do a normal text search for a particular song too if you know any detail about it. Midomi also gives you a ‘studio’ to sing your favorite songs and upload it to the site. All user uploaded songs also help to enhance the search engine’s database.


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Search songs

Shazam is a song identifier app (and also works like a tagging app) you can carry along in your smartphone. Shazam is supported on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, and Windows Phone 7. With Shazam you can simply hold your phone up to the song to identify the track, buy it, check out the videos, and share it with friends. Unlike Midomi however, you have to play the track for Shazam to identify it with a tag – humming won’t cut it. Shazam has free and premium features, but even the free version comes well recommended for identifying little known songs by tags.

The Tag Chart is one place you can discover music and purchase tracks if you want from online stores like iTunes. Song lyrics and album reviews add to your musical experience too.


Search songs

Musipedia is a melody search engine. As the site explains (to search a tune) – probably of the three, Musipedia gives you the best search combo to find a song if you can’t place it by name. You can use the available online tools like the Flash or Java based piano; you can draw notes with your mouse; whistle a tune into the mic; search by tapping the rhythm with the keyboard; use the Parson’s code; or simply use old-fashioned text search.

The collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes is freely editable by anyone. The site welcomes contributions to build-up the database.

Searching for a song by its tune or melody probably is the best bet to locate one when all you have to rely on is a foggy memory. Which of the three would you pick as the preferred search tool when you can’t place a missing song? But then, why not use all three!

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  1. lies says:

    Are you kidding me?
    Your title says, “3 Awesome Web Apps to Identify a Song by Humming the Tune”
    2nd app, you say, “…humming won’t cut it”.

    So you lied!

  2. Lushan says:

    First one did the job! thanks! I’ve been busting my butt trying to find a tune that was stuck in my head

  3. Geoffrey Young says:

    Whenever I hum a classical melody for Midomi, three Japanese folk songs come up. :)

  4. Kevin O'Neill says:

    And yes you have to hum in key and it doesn’t matter what key as long as your on key with your self!

  5. Korios says:

    I have a tune stuck in my head, I tried both 1. and 3. and I cannot find it. It is a ~2007 pop rock song with a swing like tune. I cannot recall the band, the title or anything about them. The video had the band sing in a club or something and people were dancing, but not exactly swing dance, a variation of it. Very catchy tune.

  6. jlvos says:

    Try to play it on the Melodoycatcher piano keyboard