Every once in a while, you come across an old songs that you absolutely love. But as time goes on, you can’t find the song anywhere online or on the radio. You may even be tempted to search for lyrics or try to figure out the tune by ear. But this proves to be challenging and frustrating. You want to listen to the song again, but where do you go? Luckily, there are five places that specialize in helping you find any Old Songs . . . and sometimes even more than one!
There are tons of sites that index music by decade, such as our sister site Decades.fm. But if you want to go a step further and search for individual songs, there’s no better option than Youtube. YouTube lets you easily search for videos from decades past by typing +Old Songs Name (without quotes) into its search bar. For example. If you want to listen to an old version of She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5. (previously known as Kara’s Flowers), type in +old she will be loved maroon 5 kara’s flowers—and enjoy! This also works with most musicians—looking for an old Taylor Swift song?
If you’re looking for old, rare tracks from artists you love, it’s almost guaranteed that they have their music on SoundCloud. The social network isn’t just a great place to discover new music and interact with your favorite artists; it also has a massive catalog of old songs (and brand-new tracks too). If you search SoundCloud for an artist that was popular 10 years ago. Chances are you’ll find all sorts of hidden gems in their profile. For example, if we look up Eminem on SoundCloud (which is owned by his record label). We can scroll down far enough and see he has 23 different albums of older songs—from Old Time’s Sake Mixtape Vol.
Spotify is a great app for finding old songs you love. I love using it on my phone, but many people enjoy using it online through their desktop browser as well. Spotify has over 20 million tracks available, which means you’re likely to find whatever song or artist you’re looking for. Not only that, but new artists and songs are being added all of the time! The website even features playlists created by other users around your favorite genre or era in music! If you miss some of your old favorites like I do, try out Spotify—you won’t be disappointed!
4) Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is a non-profit that has been making copies of old web pages since 1996. The site’s Wayback Machine makes it easy to listen to old songs online, too. To access an old streaming radio station. Just enter your favorite artist’s name (like The Beatles) into the search bar. And you can hear what they used to sound like before their music went mainstream! It’s also worth checking out The Living Room for listening options and YouTube for lyrics (and YouTube covers).
Sooner or later, your favorite old songs will show up on YouTube. The YouTube audio library does not include every song ever recorded, but it’s vast. Start by searching for a title. If you can’t find your song there, try searching for its name in quotation marks and also add afterward (e.g., love will keep us alive ). You may be surprised at how many sites have lyrics—and even mp3s—to older tunes that aren’t available through legal services like iTunes or Amazon.