Online song lyrics are a key part of the modern music experience. Back in the day, you could find the lyrics to your favorite songs on CD and cassette booklets. As those became less and less common with the digitalization of music, lyrics websites became popular instead.
Most of the lyrics you find on those websites, however, are user-generated and unverified. Despite this, many artists still don’t make their official lyrics available on major streaming and social media platforms like Spotify and Instagram.
Lyrics represent the heart and soul of your music and are the result of a lot of hard work. Getting your song lyrics online the right way can help you grow in the music business and deepen the emotional impact of your songs on your audience.
Here are four key ways getting your song lyrics online helps you connect with fans:
In the digital age, having your song lyrics online is extremely important for discoverability. When someone hears a song they like but they don’t know who the artist is or what the song is called, the quickest way to find out is to google the lyrics.
After a new fan identifies the artist behind the song, they then tend to look them up on streaming services to listen to more of their music.
On top of that, a huge volume of music-related searches is for song lyrics. According to wordtracker.com, the word “lyrics” is looked up 201,000 times per month on average. And that’s only in the US! That’s a lot of web traffic that could be directed towards your online profile, your website, and your musical project, but is going to other websites instead.
Whether it’s during a cozy night in, while playing a cover version, or during a fun karaoke session with friends, music fans love to sing along to their favorite songs. Having the lyrics handy makes it easier to get them right (and remember the words of the song later.)
So if you’re releasing music using digital service providers, it’s important to add your lyrics and sync them. Synced lyrics are a visual aid that allow your audience to read the lyrics in real-time while the song is playing.
Adding them yourself ensures they’re correct and helps your fans connect with the deeper meaning behind the songs. It also means the next time they’re at a live concert, they’ll be singing right along with you.
Want to create buzz around your music on social media? Your fans can help with that. From a marketing perspective, it’s important to share your music and lyrics in as many places online as possible.
That’s because lyrics are easily shareable content. People include them in a TikTok video or Instagram story as they lip-sync, or share screenshots of parts of your song that really resonate with them.
Having them easily accessible and available online, and most importantly correct, makes it easier to create viral content that boosts your connection with fans and grows your audience.
Some of your existing and future fans may be deaf and hard of hearing, and experience music more through vibrations and lyrics than sound. Having lyrics online gives them a way to enjoy the poetry behind your music and connect with you as the artist.
Other members of your audience might not be native speakers of the language you sing in. Being able to read the lyrics and listen to your music at the same time will allow them to understand, remember, and sing along to your music more easily. Some courses even use song lyrics to teach foreign languages through listening practice and new vocabulary.
Finally, many people nowadays watch short-form videos on TikTok, Instagram, and now YouTube with the sound off, for a variety of reasons. So even if they’re watching content without audio, they can still read the lyrics and share them if they want to.
Musixmatch is the world’s largest catalog of song lyrics and translations with over 1 million registered artists. Whether you’re an artist, songwriter, artist manager, or publisher, you can easily add lyrics to a song.
Once you build your artist profile and go through the Musixmatch verification process, you will be able to add your lyrics to our database. This will make them available on multiple partner platforms like Apple Music, Amazon, Google, Spotify, Youtube, Shazam, and many more.
Not only will this boost your discoverability in search, but it will also let you add your lyrics to Spotify and Instagram to promote your music and connect with fans all over the world.
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