Do you love watching music clips on YouTube? It has become real fun lately when more and more pop stars and groups have been creating official YouTube channels where you can find their latest music clips. But the fun doesn’t stop there. If you love listening to music, the chances are you love singing as well. While you can find millions of music clips on YouTube that you can watch, very often it’s hard to make out the exact lyrics.
That’s where the browser extensions we review today come in really handy. They allow you to listen to songs on YouTube together with lyrics.
Lyrics for Google Chrome™
When you open a music clip on YouTube, notice the extension icon that appears in the Address Bar (omnibox). Click it to load the lyrics right next to the video and start singing!
If nothing was found in the database, you can do a manual search.
The options page lets you choose whether you want to load lyrics next to the YouTube video or open it in a new tab.
The extension also supports: Last.fm™, Google Music™ and Grooveshark™
Besides, the extension adds lyrics quick search that lets you search for lyrics from the omnibar by typing “lyrics …” + a title, artist or a couple words from the lyrics.
Another great thing is that the extension is actively supported as the developer answers all the comments on the extension page and seems to quickly implement all the suggestions (full support is provided here).
Obviously, it won’t fetch lyrics for any song under the sun, so it won’t always work. Besides, LyricsWikia isn’t licensed to display the full lyrics for some popular songs. However it ran pretty smoothly and found lyrics for most music clips I came across.
Here’s another similar extension that seems to be a little bit more simplistic: Lyrics for YouTube™
Music Video Lyrics for YouTube
Music Video Lyrics for YouTube is another similar extension that seems to have a bit smaller database of lyrics.
It installs an icon in the toolbar that signals when a YouTube page has some lyrics in the database (thus it saves you a few extra clicks as you only click the icon when it claims to have the associated lyrics).
It will also change the icon and load the lyrics even if you have opened the YouTube page in the background tab.
Clicking the icon will fetch the lyrics on the foreground of the page:
Unlike the first extension on our list, this one promotes itself more actively offering you to rate and share it each time it loads the lyrics.
Are there any other fun extensions for Google Chrome to offer that almost Karaoke experience? Please share them in the comments!
Other web-based applications to find lyrics we have previously covered at MakeUseOf: