How To Find a Music Video Without Knowing the Name

It’s a situation so frustrating that we’ve all experienced it at one time or another. You want to see a music video of that song you love – the one with that lyric about the girl and the guy – but you can’t remember the name of the song! If you had a recording of the song, even if you didn’t know its name, you could use an app like Shazam, a popular tool that lets you identify a song by playing it, or a similar app. But if you’re trying to find a music video, and you don’t have the song to play, and you can’t remember its name, it seems like you’re out of luck.

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Have no fear, because help is on the way. All you need is Google and this article. I’m going to show you how to use unique search engine operators to find that music video and how to fine tune your search queries for any occassion.

Step One: Identify what you Know

The first step in narrowing down your search is to establish what it is that you do know. Do you know the name of the artist? Do you know the genre of music the song falls under? Do you know when the song first came out? Most critically, do you know any of the lyrics? If you know any of these things—even if you can only remember a few words of the song—you’re in a much better position to find it online.

You have two choices for conducting your search: one is to do a direct search on YouTube, and the other is to try to establish which song you’re looking for on Google and then switching to YouTube once you figure it out. Since YouTube’s search engine runs entirely on Google, these basically amount to the same thing. However, I do recommend searching on Google because it will be easier to find information about the song rather than just the song; for complicated searches, partial information is a good foundation.

Step Two: Try Some Basic Searches

Go to your search engine, whether YouTube or Google, and start trying some basic searches. Let’s say that the song we’re looking for is “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi, but we don’t remember either the title or the artist. We only remember one phrase from the song: it has the words “an angel’s smile.” Let’s go to Google and type in “an angel’s smile” in the search box and see what we get.

Hey hey! Look at that, there are three songs with that title right at the top of the listings, along with (yikes) 203 million other hits. OK, this will be easy to check—hit those links and see if they’re our song!

Alas, we checked all three, and none of these songs—though they contain our lyric—are the song we’re looking for. We could go through the next few pages of Google results, but clearly, “an angel’s smile” matches too many songs. We’re going to have to dig deeper.

Step Three: Combine your Terms

By combining terms, you can tell Google that you have several related concepts that you want to consider while searching. The combine operator is the comma, the “,” character. For example, a search on “green tomato recipes Mississippi cookbook” will bring up about 921,000 results, each of which will have some or all of those keywords. If you enclose the whole search string in quotes, Google will give you only those results which have that exact string (zero, if you’re wondering). However, if you use “,” to combine your concepts, you can get a list of results that has connections to all three sets of concepts. Searching for “green tomato recipes, Mississippi, cookbook” tells Google more precisely what you’re looking for and gets you better results.

In our search for the angel’s smile song, let’s add some combined keywords that might help Google out. You know that the song you’re looking for is rock and roll. And you think it probably came out in the 1980s because you remember your dad singing it in the car all the time back then. Let’s add those keywords, and do a search on “an angel’s smile, rock, and roll, 1980s”.

And bam, there we go! It’s the first search result. Telling Google the general period and the genre really lets it focus in on what we’re looking for. (You can leave the comma out, and Google will do a pretty good job of guessing which words go with which other words, but it’s better to use the comma)

Step Four: Other Operators, Keywords, and Techniques

The combine operator isn’t the only powerful tool you can utilize.

Advanced YouTube Search

As YouTube is owned by Google, there are some advanced search operators you can use to find what you’re looking for. Here are just a few.

BAND or ARTIST, partner – Type the band or artist name and then partner to restrict the search to official videos and filter out fan videos.

ACTOR, movie – Type the actor’s name and movie to see clips, teasers, and even full movies on YouTube.

News, live – Type news, gaming, or whatever else you’re interested in, and then live to show live feeds of the subject in question.

SUBJECT, today – Type a subject, movie, actor, or whatever and then a time to filter by. For example, ‘Politics, this week’ might give a slightly more varied amount of footage than what you’ll find on the television, especially if anyone in your household is prone to only relying on one network.

SUBJECT, HD or 4K – Type a subject and then format to filter out non-HD or non-4K content. This works for 3D and will work for VR or 360 content, too.

ARTIST, playlist – Type the artist and then playlist to compile or find an existing playlist for that artist. You can save or copy them if you plan on using them often.

Advanced Google Search

Search operators allow you to refine your search to specifics and narrow down the results. They are surprisingly powerful when used correctly. Here are a few of them.

    • Search a hashtag: #videosfromthe90s.
    • Exclude words: Add a ‘-,‘ so ‘-female vocalists’ to filter out music videos with female singers.
    • Exact match only: Use speech marks, “You give love a bad name” to specify those words only in search.
    • Missing words/Wildcard: Add ‘*’ to search for a wildcard, For example, ‘The best * of all time.’
    • OR: Use OR to apply multiple filtersHairspray rock OR male singer OR band OR guitar OR give love a bad name’.
    • AND: Use AND to tell Google to include things that match your whole list. “Bon Jovi AND angel’s smile AND 1980s.”
    • Group: use parentheses to group operators. “(the 1980s AND Bon Jovi) angel’s smile.”
    • Use relations: Use ‘related’ to find supplemental information, ‘related: Bon Jovi.’

You should be able to find a music video without knowing the name with those!

Got any other ways to identify a music video without knowing the name? Any apps or services that can do it? Tell us about them below if you do!

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30 thoughts on “How To Find a Music Video Without Knowing the Name”

Avatar Aj says:
Hey guys, looking for a song with music video. Two black singers. they will be singing in the midst of the crowd in a concert. simultaneously people will be danicing in huge groups in different cities.

Any idea???????????

Avatar Ambrus Szabolcs says:

Looking 4 a song two girls song it holding a te lephone in the hands singing hello hello, then they was displayed in a sandwish singing some tropical area and water.

Avatar Amber says:
music video maybe late 90’s or early 2000’s. fuse tv timeframe.
the video had a band playing in their house with kind of an indie video vibe and the band became zombies. eventually a guy zombie is chasing this girl until she lets him bite her and becomes a zombie too. the video ends with them walking down the middle of the street together both as zombies.
Avatar Bree says:
Looking for a rock (more pink rock) music video from around 2014-2015. It is a band/group. The music video is black and white (or really shot out in while) the group is wearing dark clothing, and behind them is a white platform with a throne on it. The video mainly shows the lead singer singing. I think at the end the guy throws a crown. Or the song lyrics sing about a crown. It was a popular song at the time, but the group wasn’t popular. It may have been there only big song.
Avatar Alexis says:
I am looking for the music video clip 90s-2000s. It s made as a vector graphics video story in black red and white colours. Story about hitman police crime robbery, something like that. Last fragment was about guy who appeared to be killer, who shot somebody with his sniper gun. Then he met girl, hugs her, but she stabs him in his back…)) Love this music. I tried to find it soooo many times…((. I cant remember neither name of the artist nor name of the video, but just few few words like eye, your, right in name. smth like right your eyes or right behind your eyes…but not really sure. Pleaaaase, if somebody can remember this video.
Avatar azul says:
the video im trying to find dates back between the 60’s and the 90’s. i remember i was watching how deep is your love by the bees gees on YouTube and this video was recommended. also the name of the song/or artist was quite long and convoluted, to my 10 year old self it sounded like a really long made up shape name. also the video was quite colorful and psychedelic. i can remember a carrousel and the artist being a band.
Avatar Gemini007 says:
Girl in club left swipes guys and finds a suitable black guy and right swipes him and then dances with him and then gets married where everybody is wearing white.
Avatar Emma says:
Theres this song that i dont remember the words or title, just the music video.
Its of a girl on a bike in the beginning and i think she had long nails. She went to peoples doors and killed who i assumed broke her heart at one point and went to another and another well you get what i mean. She was possibly wearing yellow and may have teamed up with a girl in the process. If you could help me find out that would be great. Thanks
Avatar Charles says:
I don’t remember any of the words of the song or its title, but the video has 3 guys – tall white guy with long hair, an Asian guy, and the last guy whose race/ethnicity I can’t recall. One scene from the music video had the Asian guy and the unknown guy on a tandem bicycle, and the white guy with long hair was crouched on a skateboard and being pulled behind the bike; he stood up very slightly when they went over one or two speed humps. And in part of the video they’re all dressed in white. I’ve been wracking my brain for days…does anyone know the song and/or artist? Thanks.
Avatar Jessica says:
I‘be been looking for this song for about a year now and only remember the video. Think it’s indie/alternative maybe 90’s or early 2000’s. There is a blonde little girl with a fringe and bob hair cut, I think she has a balloon but not 100% on that part. She’s walking down some streets. The band are playing in a building but we see through a giant hole in the wall. Then the main singer is playing the guitar on floating chairs and I think there’s a lot of floating furniture but again I’m not 100% sure on that, there is definitely at least one floating chair.
Avatar val says:
Röyksopp – What Else Is There
Avatar Justin says:
I’m trying to find a song/video by a guy who kinda sounds like Nick Drake (?). Music video is stop motion with a man and woman lying in a bed with a camera right above them (from the ceiling)
Avatar Shannon says:
I think it’s “Her Morning Elegance” by Oren Lavie
Avatar toni says:
im trying to find a video of a brother & sister in cages with big giant trolls keeping them captive then they get out and are running from them & they have like a little glowing fox helping them escape and at the end the little brother gets away in a statute that turns into a rocketship and leaves the sister behind
Avatar Austin Charles says:
I’m trying to find a music video where a blonde haired businessman wakes up in his office at the end but he was dreaming of doing his same daily routine everyday waking up at 7 or 8 AM and figuring out his car got booted so he has to walk down an alley to work and he ends up bumping into a guy on a skate board and noticing that everyones looking at him and before he gets to work that whole cycle repeats at the same time and each time it does the dream gets worse cause the peoples faces start to distort and then he looks at himself in the mirror and everything starts going black and white basically losing there colors and he starts running through the alley and people keep telling him a certain line that I cant remember and he ends up getting tripped by a homeless man who says the same thing before he stairs off into the sky then wakes up like I said at the beginning.
Avatar Jd shaikh says:
I m trying to find a video in which a girls band / artists were holding tube lights or neon light.
Avatar Jimmy says:
I am am looking for a music video, Don’t know the name. It was a girl singing in a trailer park about guys that come and go. It was funny. I think she was a slightly plump blonde. Went through top 100 songs of 2012-2014, nothing came to mind. That’s when I remember seeing it. Any ideas?
Avatar kory says:
it’s probably exs and ohs
Avatar Mahayr BaHaleahr says:
Please forgive me for sending a second time… I have been watching for your reply but if I missed it I apologize.

I am looking for an old favorite and have no idea of the artist or lyrics. In the video, there is a blond woman in a white dress doing a waltz style dance around a white room with a very tall man who looks like a mop ragdoll.

It dates back at least eight years. :\ maybe more.

I appreciate any help anyone can give me on this.


Avatar Shawna says:
I seen this video the other morning, on MTV i think. But it slowly goes to this white dude, with glasses. He’s in a shirt, boxers & house slippers. And he stands there the whole video & he starts dancing while he sings. He says something about being in a crowded room & wanting to run away. The beat is amazing. The dude never moves from that spot he’s in. It’s like he’s stuck
Avatar Saf says:
arab music video in which there are two singers a guy and a girl, the first part of the song then transitions to another part, they were on a floating something and she was wearing a short gown and heels
Avatar Carla Fischer says:
hi! so basically im looking for this song but i can only remember the music video of this house music and its a girl sitting on a car and she hands over a music box to this guy and asks him if he wants to play the game thats all i remember
Avatar Holly bunn says:
I need help finding a song I can kinda remember the music video it’s a French song with a female singer and in the middle of the song it ft a French rapper in the video she back stage singing and walking to the stage she is wearing a red dress and sometimes is sitting on a crescent moon that has big light bulbs on it it’s a pop kinda sounding song with what seems like a accordion playing in the beginning
Avatar Luísa says:
I’m looking for a video probably back to 2000’s/ end of 90’s, probably – not sure – of a rock/electronic song or within the subgenres of these two, I’m from Europe, if this helps, bc I was watching this in television…

The scenes are very dark, with green undertones. A rich man is represented by a frog and gets eated by two blonde girls represented by herons.

Avatar Faye says:
Does anyone know the title of the music video where a guy is in love with a girl and while riding his bike he got hit and almost dies but the girl with powers saves him and they kissed at the end
Avatar Tania says:
A video about a girl crashing a phone
Avatar Pili says:
I’m looking for a music video which was released around 2014-2015, it was in lots of vevo ads. The music video was about a blonde woman in red clothes who was walking and doing strange and funny things around the city. She finally got arrested but she ended up kissing the policewoman. The song had some kind of a whistle and the chorus was something like “we got love”. The artist had another MV in which she was a pilot.
I remember that this video was kind of annoying, and most of people hated it because in lots of vevo ads all the time. Thanks!
Avatar Lollo says:
Hello guys
I’ve been looking for years, in vain: video seen on “mtv: brand new”, I don’t remember either the title or the singer, I only remember the music video.
A sort of woman-robot, with no nose and bolts on the sides of the head, yellowish color, inside a hospital-like room with two guys in lab coats that occasionally go inside. I remember occasionally seeing the transition of horses to a schooner on a prairie with the robot woman singing.
Protip: no, it’s not Rick Astley
Avatar Riri says:
Hey guys! please help me find this music video. I’m desperately trying to find it. A girl and a boy are sitting in the cafe, at the table near the window. They kiss each other, this moment is very slow and the moment their lips touch it’s like diving in the ocean. its about the feeling of the first kiss that is like diving in the ocean.
Avatar angel says:
Help me find this song . I don’t remember it but heres a sdiscription of the music video.

It was on youtube and was about a couple. The guy would give flowers to the girl. It started when they were just kids and the boy gave her a flower and then went on to their teenage and adult years. The guy would gie her flowers on every important day. He gave her one on their wedding day,
he gave another flower when they were playing with their kids and some other instances. In the end the couple now in their oldage were sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace which had pictures of their family throughout the years and then the woman brought out a box and showed it to her husband. This box had all the flowers he had given her over the years.

Avatar EnnHanzl says:
Im looking for one song i was obsessed with when I was 18. I cant even remember lyrics or anything. I just know that in the music video were girls in car, they look like some gangsters or savage girls and they are singing about love, lies or pain and I think that the name was including those worlds. And that music video is black and white i think….(sorry for my english pls)
Avatar Zach Cullison says:
It’s a girl singing in the early 2000s she’s at a party and she walks up the stairs and is singing in the rooftop with a dog. It’s at night Time I think. Maybe pop, punk.
Avatar Masilina says:
I am looking for a song that starred Cara Deleveinge and Sean O’Pry somewhere in Europe! She was wearing a short red dress and than she wore a white bikini!
Avatar Luísa says:
I honestly can only think of this:
Avatar Luísa says:
I honestly think it is an add you’re talking about, but I could be wrong. Try this:
Shimmer in the Dark: Jimmy Choo CR18 Featuring Cara Delevingne

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