Don’t know the name of a song? Hum it to Google.

Here is a scene that’s been played out millions of times in record stores over the decades.

Customer: “I love this song but I don’t know who does it. But goes like this.” (Customer begins humming some melody.)

Record store clerk: (Massive eye roll.)

That scene must have been played out a couple million times over the decades. Sometimes–okay, close to never–it worked and the customer was able to buy the record they were looking for. Most of the time, though, it was a waste of time.

Now, though, we have Google. As of right now, you can sing, hum, or even whistle to Google using the Google app or the Google Search widget. Just tap the mic icon and say “what’s this song?” You can also click the “search a song button.” Hum for 10-15 seconds and wait for an answer. If you have Google Assistant, just say “Hey Google, what’s this song?” and hum away.

If you have an Android device, it works in 20 languages while iOS only deals with English. Learn more from Google here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Don’t know the name of a song? Hum it to Google.

  • October 17, 2020 at 8:28 am

    I would say most interactions in a record store have ended with an eye roll from the clerk. Followed by an eye roll by the customer when they realized this person didn’t know what they were talking about anyways.


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