Finally! Spotify Will Now Let You Search Out Songs by Their Lyrics on Your Smartphone

Spotify can now solve all your song mysteries.
Spotify can now solve all your song mysteries. / Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels

Spotify is great at giving you the perfect playlist for working out or working from home, but it hasn’t been any help if you’re trying to look up a song based on a half-remembered lyric or two. Now, The Verge reports, listeners no longer need to type those words into Google first: Spotify is finally letting you search by lyrics right in the app.

The idea has been floating around for years on The Spotify Community, the crowdsourced site where users can ask questions, discuss their musical predilections, and suggest improvements for the app. The Spotify team monitors those suggestions, and particular popular ones sometimes come to fruition—as was the case with the new search feature.

“We're pleased to confirm that it's now possible to search for songs using lyrics,” Spotify responded to a user’s post on October 6. “We appreciate you adding your votes and comments to this idea.”

Enter at least three words into Spotify’s search bar and you’ll see a list of songs that contain them. To make it easier for you to tell which results actually have those words in their lyrics—rather than in an album name, artist, or song title—look for ones labeled “Lyrics match.”

If, for example, you search “Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?”, Spotify will deliver you a list of matches with Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the top, followed by other covers of the song (including Panic! At The Disco’s rendition for the 2016 Suicide Squad soundtrack, Jonathan Groff’s Glee masterpiece, and an instrumental lullaby).

If you can't spell Scaramouche, you're on your own.
If you can't spell Scaramouche, you're on your own. / Ellen Gutoskey

The feature works for both iOS and Android versions of the app, which you can download here.

[h/t The Verge]