A behind-the-scenes update and a new partnership with LyricFind has brought inline lyric viewing right within Google Search and Google Play Music on your Android phone. The partnership with LyricFind brings lyrics to songs from over 4,000 publishers to the apps, making it much easier and smoother to find the words to your favorite song (and to figure out if you have been singing them wrong all these years!).
“We’re happy to expand the depth and quality of lyrics available on Google’s services,” says LyricFind CEO Darryl Ballantyne. “We’re working together to make lyrics available to a larger audience in a faster and more efficient way.”
LyricFind has been the main driver behind creating a legal and global lyric infrastructure for all platforms, and its partnership with Google further strengthens this mission. LyricFind collects new royalties for songwriters and rightsholders, and benefits music fans who engage more easily than ever with lyrics that inspire them.
Ultimate the good news for us Google users is that there is nothing we have to do to make the magic happen other than do a search.
All of the changes to start showing lyrics within your searches is on the back end so the Google Search and Google Play Music apps that you have on your phone will do the trick. Just type in the name of the song or the artist and the name of the song and you will display the lyrics to that song. You can see a sample from Search in the screenshot to the right.
Previously when you searched for lyrics in either app you would be brought to a result of links which you then had to click on to see the lyrics. While you may still run across an odd song or two that you don’t see the lyrics, in my testing this morning I had 100% hit rate on lyrics of songs from the 40s up to songs from last year. I did find that it still produced links to lyrics for songs in 2016 so I suspect it is a matter of the databases being updated.
Give a lyric search a try and see what you find. It’s kinda fun!