How to Find a Song Played on the Radio Without the Title

By Shelley Moore ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Phone book
  • Telephone
  • Computer with Internet access

You hear a song on the radio and you really like it. Maybe it’s brand new, or maybe it’s an older song that wasn’t a big hit and so it's rarely played on the radio. It might also be an album track. You wait with anticipation to find out the name of the song so you can buy it, but the DJ never mentions the title or the band. Now what? Fortunately, you can still find the song, especially if you know what time you heard it.

Call the radio station. Look up the number in the advertising section of the phone book and use the request line or studio line. Ask the DJ the name of the song that was played at the time you heard it. You’ll have to call quickly, because nobody’s going to remember an hour later what song was played at a certain time. They're also probably not going to search through a previous playlist.

Check the radio station’s website. Many stations carry the day’s playlist on their site, and you'll be able to identify the song if you know what time it was played. If the playlist is not there, email the station if you feel uncomfortable about calling, and ask if the DJ would be kind enough to send you the name of the song and the band. Add a sentence thanking the DJ for helping.

Check a playlist service website that links to the playlists of many radio stations nationwide. See Resources below for an example.

Keep some of the lyrics in mind until you can get to a computer and do a search, if Steps 1 and 2 aren't feasible. Remember some unique lines from the song, rather than very common lyrics. “Yeah I love you baby,” for instance, is going to get way too many hits when you do your search. Type a line or two that you remember into a search engine text box along with the word "lyrics."

About the Author

Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.