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When it comes to music, I’m a lyrics maniac. It started with those little booklets that came packed inside cassettes and CDs. I would read the lyrics off those passionately, and would be similarly disappointed when the label failed to enclose the lyrics. When the Internet came along, I was looking for lyrics for any new song I encountered, wanting to make sure I really knew what this song was about. After all, aren’t the lyrics at least half of the song?

It seems I’m not alone in my fixation. The term “lyrics” is a super popular one on Google, and the amount of websites offering song lyrics is pretty much endless. After all, what better way is there to earn some money off ads without actually creating any content? It’s not surprising, therefore, that many of these websites are strewn with endless ads, with the actual lyrics, obviously not the most important element on the page, getting buried between confusing banners and dubious links.

Is there a way out? Of course! And naturally, we’ve done the hard work for you and came up with several clean and simple lyrics resources you can use anywhere, without having to worry about sketchy ads or NSFW popups. Happy singing!

The Problem

When you search for a song’s lyrics on Google, most of the websites you’ll find will look something like this:

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True, it’s not that bad, and at the end of the day you really do get what you came there for. Ads are not necessarily a bad thing, of course, but when they’re confusingly placed, they can get pretty annoying. In addition, many of these websites are full of all kinds of links, some sketchier than others, which you can never be sure you really want to click.

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In short, you can get lyrics in seconds off all these websites, but if you’re in the habit of searching for lyrics often, you may want a cleaner, nicer solution.

On The Web

Lyrics.net is a huge music and lyrics database, residing in a website that’s really quite fetching. The website includes more than just lyrics: Search through artists and albums to find short biographies, discographies, albums covers, and, of course, lyrics. You can also search the database by typing in a line from a song you remember.

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The main part of the lyrics pages on Lyrics.net Lyrics.Net: A Resource For Song Lyrics & Artist Bios Lyrics.Net: A Resource For Song Lyrics & Artist Bios Read More is devoid of any banner ads, and the only unrelated link is the “Send Song Ringtone to Your Cell” link which seems to do what it says (in some countries). The are some banner ads at the bottom of the page, but these don’t get in the way of your lyrics. The site’s search algorithm is not the best, and finding specific songs is a bit harder than it should be, but the overall experience is a much nicer and clear one than most similar websites.

LyricsnMusic is another website worth checking out, dubbing itself “a lyric and music search engine for music people by music people.” Again, this is much more than a lyrics-finding website, also helping you find YouTube videos, playlists, upcoming concerts, and even MP3s to buy on iTunes and Amazon. Here too you can search the database by typing in some lyrics you already know.

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LyricsnMusic LyricsNMusic: Easily Get Lyrics, Videos, Images & Info for Any Song LyricsNMusic: Easily Get Lyrics, Videos, Images & Info for Any Song Read More doesn’t have any ads which I could see, and probably makes its living off affiliate links to iTunes, Amazon, and others. The only unrelated link on the lyrics page is the same “Send Song Ringtone to Your Cell” link as found on Lyrics.net. The website is clean, well-designed, and the search results are easy to browse and understand. Overall, this is a true keeper for lyrics and music lovers.

Browser Add-ons

If you have a line from a song stuck in your head and want to go from there, the above websites are an excellent choice. But at times you’d be listening to music on YouTube, Grooveshark or Spotify, and would just want to sing along. For this, the quickest solution are lyrics add-ons.

YouTube Lyrics for Firefox automatically displays song lyrics for YouTube, Grooveshark and Spotify. You can choose your favorite lyrics sources from the available list, and without even having to restart your browser, start enjoying automatic lyrics. As soon as you load a song in one of these websites, the lyrics will appear on the right side of your window, letting you switch sources easily if you think the lyrics are not accurate.

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You can also use the YouTube Lyrics add-on YouTube Lyrics: A Browser Add-On to Get Lyrics for YouTube & Grooveshark Songs YouTube Lyrics: A Browser Add-On to Get Lyrics for YouTube & Grooveshark Songs Read More to search for lyrics manually. Simply type your query at the bottom of the window, and the add-on will search through its sources and display the lyrics for you. This works with lines from songs as well as with names of songs and artists.

For Chrome users, there’s a similar extension called Lyrics for Google Chrome. The extension works with YouTube, Last.fm, Google Music, and Grooveshark, displaying an icon in the omnibar whenever a song is played in one of these websites. Clicking the icon displays the lyrics.

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You can set the lyrics to appear on the page itself, as shown above, in a new tab, or in a pop up window. Lyrics for Google Chrome also couples as a lyrics-finding websites, which makes it doubly useful. At any time while browsing, type the word “lyrics” in Chrome’s omnibar, and enter your query after that. This will automatically perform a search in the extension’s database and come up with clean results. There are no ads anywhere while using this extension, but there is a donate button for the developer, so you can easily support them if you want.

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On Your Desktop

Many music players display lyrics, and your favorite one might be doing so already. I can’t mention every single player that does this, but there are two clean, simple and free ways to get song lyrics on your desktop I want to introduce you to.

Musique is a free, cross-platform music player for Windows, Mac and Linux, which among its other feats can also display lyrics for almost any song you throw at it.

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There is no way to search for lyrics or type up a line from a song and find the whole thing, but if you like reading lyrics as you listen, Musique can be perfect for you.

If you’re an iTunes user, a little Mac OS X app by the name of Get Lyrical can help you add song lyrics to iTunes, for easy sing-along sessions. Since I don’t own a Mac, I couldn’t test Get Lyrical myself, so if you have experiences to share about it, add them in the comments.

Sing Hallelujah!

Craving to know the words of a song? There are no more excuses! Whether you choose a website, an add-on, or a desktop app, you’re now all set to have all the lyrics you want at your fingertips, without the unnecessary clutter.

Know of the other great lyrics resources that should have made it into this article? Tell us about them in the comments.

Image credit: Dyanna Hyde

  1. Ivone
    May 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Most of the lyrics sites are full of advertisements and pop-ups. I came across this website https://lyrics.io which basically have no advertisements. The UI of that website looks clean and they had almost all the songs I searched for.

  2. Yudono R
    August 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Nice find, I usually search randomly at google.. or browse my fave lyrics site lyricsmode while watching the video clips (to bad sometimes the youtube video are copyright protected, so you must open the youtube link manually)

  3. Lisa O
    August 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I really don't need another music player, but I'm intrigued to check out Musique!
    MiniLyrics support many music players if you don't want a new player.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 9, 2013 at 5:13 am

      Musique is awesome. It has some issues which make it impossible for me to switch to it entirely, but it's become my go-to music player lately. At times I still have to use Foobar2000, but not often.

  4. Dina
    August 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Another good site is songmeanings.net, not only do they have lyrics, and you can submit lyrics if they don't exist and have them review and post them up, but it's a site for talking about the meanings of the lyrics and expressing what you think about the song.

    • Lisa O
      August 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Interesting. Will help a lot when making poetry, Thanks!

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 9, 2013 at 5:08 am

      SongMeanings has a nice interface, but its search put me off. I couldn't find my test song unless I actually went to the artist page and looked for it manually, so I dropped it from the list. But it's definitely a gem among the usual lyrics websites. Thanks!

  5. Quick Brown Fox
    August 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you for the referral to http://www.lyrics.net

    Found the lyrics to Al Jolson's 1926 recording of "When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along."

  6. dragonmouth
    August 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    • Yaara Lancet
      August 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

      I tried LyricsFreak when I was researching this post and wasn't overly impressed. MeteorLyrics, on the other hand, is a great find, and one I didn't know about. Thanks!

      • David Spector
        August 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

        I don't know about "MeteorLyrics", but MetroLyrics is not so great. They don't have the lyrics to the popular tune "Louie, Louie" and when I tried adding a good transcription, I just got an obscure error message.

        • Yaara Lancet
          August 12, 2013 at 6:35 am

          Oops, misread the name. :) Thanks David!

  7. Duncan
    August 7, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I have been using a freeware jukebox/music programme called Jajuk which enables lyrics to be displayed automatically. It's a nice optional feature. The programme itself is very good and has been the only thing to lure me away from Winamp.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Nice, thanks!

  8. Mike C
    August 7, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Most of the lyric site results from Google are pretty good if you're using AdBlock.

    • Lee
      August 7, 2013 at 1:55 am

      I stopped using AdBlock because of an article written on this site, but if I were to use it for one reason it'd be this. It's so much easier to just google some lyrics and click the first result, but it's so filled with ads and popup crap that it's a pain.

      • Lisa O
        August 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        How about enabling AdBlock for most sites and making whitelist for sites you want to support (like MUO)? I swear, that addon makes internet a much better place.

  9. Pooky J
    August 7, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Where is azlyrics.com?

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      azlyrics is OK, surely better than many others, but the ones I mentioned above are better, at least in my opinion.

  10. Marcelo V
    August 7, 2013 at 12:35 am

    MiniLyrics plugin for Windows Media Player and iTunes is a good way too.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks!

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