How to find songs or audio used in TikTok videos

TikTok videos are based on catchy tunes. After all, half the videos there wouldn’t be as amusing if it wasn’t for the background sound. There’s something appealing about watching a dog dance to a song. On the other hand, finding the song or audio can be difficult.

It is important to know this for several reasons. First, maybe you liked the song. Second, if you’re a TikTok creator, using popular or trending audio files can help your video go viral instead of loitering at the bottom of the playlist. So if you need to find a song, here is a step-by-step guide.

Use Shazam

While Shazam can’t identify all audio, it’s great for identifying something based on just a few seconds of a song. Shazam is a free app that iOS and Android users can download that can identify songs used in a TikTok video.

You can also search Shazam while using TikTok. Long press the Shazam button until you see “Auto Shazam is on,” then go to the TikTok app and play the video you want to identify. If the song is in Shazam’s library, it will appear at the top of the screen. You can open it directly on Spotify, Apple Music or any other audio platform.

Check the bottom of the screen

When you watch a TikTok video, a small ticker at the bottom of the screen tells you what song it is. If it’s a listed audio clip or song, it will scroll over it with the song’s name. When a user adds something, it says “Original Audio” or “Original Sound”.

Try Soundhound

Like Shazam, Soundhound excels at identifying specific parts of audio. It’s not quite as popular as Shazam, but it’s a great alternative when Shazam can’t pinpoint the song. In fact, many users find Soundhound to be faster and more efficient than Shazam at identifying songs – but it falls short when it comes to remixes and recording live events.

Use Musixmatch

Like Shazam and Soundhound, Musixmatch is another tool for finding audio bits. While using the other two apps is probably a better option, there are some (very) rare instances where you can’t find the song in either of their databases, but it might be in Musixmatch. The service has a huge catalog of music lyrics and you can only search for them.

Just enter a few lines of the song that you can remember. You may need to try different phrases, especially if multiple songs contain those exact words. (In other words, “Yes, yes, yes, baby” probably won’t get any results.)

Check trend noise

An easy way to find trending audio (especially non-song audio) is to check TikTok’s “Trending Sounds” page.

  1. Open the new video creation tool and tap add sound.
  2. Check out the trending songs under TikTok Viral. They’re sorted into categories like “Unboxing” and “Vlog.”

You can also type a description of the sound in the search bar. For example, if it’s a spoken word audio clip, type in a phrase that you remember and see if it produces any results. Keep in mind that TikTok only displays audio files licensed for commercial use.

Check hashtags

Sometimes TikTok users choose to create their own voice instead of using a song. However, if these voiceovers become popular enough, they can sometimes become part of the sound library, especially if they’re often stitched together.

In such cases, users could identify the sound via hashtags — especially if the original sound came from a well-known influencer.

Use the iOS music recognition tool

Apple fans have an advantage when it comes to identifying songs. iOS has a built-in music recognition tool thanks to Apple’s acquisition of Shazam. You can enable this in the settings.

  1. Open settings > control center.
  1. Scroll down and tap the plus icon next to it music recognition.

If you don’t see this option, make sure you’re using the latest version of iOS. You should also make sure that you have Shazam downloaded on your iPhone.

To use the tool, you need to open TikTok and find a video that you want to identify. Next, swipe down from Control Center, tap the Shazam icon, and wait for the song to be identified.

Start searching for your favorite songs

If you hear a popular song, chances are it’s a TikTok song too. Or the audio clip “I’m a happy, happy dog”? Yes, this is a TikTok sound. It’s a driving force of social media, but it’s also a way to see the making of pop culture in real time. So when a song appears in a TikTok video, it can skyrocket to the top of the new music charts.

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