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Google Is Putting Song Lyrics Right in Search Results Now

Dec 23, 2014

Looking up those really, really incomprehensible but sexy D'Angelo lyrics is about to get one click easier.

Google has added a feature that displays song lyrics at the top of its search results when you type "lyrics" into the search bar.

Here's what it looks like:

Google lyrics displays D'Angelo's "How Does it Feel" Google

Not all songs appear to be covered. The lyrics for the famous jazz standard "Mood Indigo" aren't available, and neither are the lyrics for D'Angelo's new album Black Messiah (presumably because Google is still trying to figure out what the heck D'Angelo is saying). When Google does return a lyrics hit, Google links you to Google Play, where you can buy the album or get an offer to try the music service.

The move could anger websites whose sole revenue stream is providing search-optimized song lyrics and selling ads against them. Google has punished some lyrics sites in the past for attempting to manipulate its search algorithms in order to be seen higher in Google search results.

See Google Doodles Through the Years

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Aug. 26, 2015 For the 70th anniversary of La Tomatina.Google
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Mar. 20, 2015 To celebrate the start of spring and the vernal equinox, Google created a stop-motion animation of flowers in bloom.
Nov. 12, 2014 For the landing of the Philae lander, the first spacecraft on a moving comet, Google created a gyrating lander with passing stars.
Sept. 9, 2014 For Tolstoy's 186th birthday the Google Doodle team created an appropriately long doodle, with a click-through doodle. http://time.com/3308635/google-doodle-tolstoy/
May 4 2014 For the Audrey Hepburn doodle http://time.com/87152/google-doodle-audrey-hepburn/ the doodle team adapted an image from a 1956 black and white photograph taken by Yousuf Karsh.
June 9, 2011 The doodlers came up with the idea of a playable logo, then pegged it to guitar innovator Les Paul's 96th birthday. Turning on composer mode allows you to create songs that you can share online.
March 24, 2011 The Harry Houdini doodle was created in the style of the old posters advertising the death-defying magician.
Nov. 25, 2010 Chef Ina Garten prepared this Thanksgiving feast, which Google photographed. If you clicked on a dish, her recipe appeared.
May 7, 2010 Google asked the San Francisco Ballet to pose and twirl to re-create Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.
Oct. 7, 2009 Scan the doodle that marks the first patent for the bar code and you'll decode Google embedded within.
March 2, 2009 The doodlers arranged classic Dr. Seuss characters, like the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch, to form the logo's letters.
Jan. 28, 2009 There was no other way to honor abstract artist Jackson Pollack than with a chaotic drip painting.
Jan. 19, 2009 Guest artist Shepard Fairey (famed for his Obama HOPE poster) did a sketch for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Jan. 28, 2008 Early on, Google used Lego blocks as casing for hard disks. Later it feted Lego's 50th anniversary.
April 22, 2007 A melting iceberg for Earth Day is one of many eco-minded doodles the team has created.
Jan. 4, 2006 Enter the world of out-there doodles — Google in braille. Only problem: you can't feel it.
March 30, 2005 The Van Gogh doodle appeared in an era when doodles began to get more ambitious, and it's one of the doodlers' best interpretations of a specific painter.
Aug. 13, 2003 Early doodles of famous folk tended to be simple, like this silhouette of Alfred Hitchcock.
March 14, 2003 The early doodles were often simple but playful, like this mustachioed drawing of Albert Einstein to celebrate his birthday.
Nov. 14, 2001 Google's first doodler, Dennis Hwang, gave the logo an Impressionist look for Claude Monet's birthday.
Aug. 30, 1998 When employees left for the Burning Man festival, the Google logo became a cryptic BE BACK LATER sign. "There was no master plan for doodles at that point," says doodler-in-chief Ryan Germick.
Aug. 26, 2015 For the 70th anniversary of La Tomatina.
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The lyrics feature is part of Google's push into adding information to search results without requiring an extra click into a third-party site. If you search "Nepal," for example, basic information like the country's capital (Kathmandu), currency (Nepalese rupee) and enticing tourist destinations (Kathmandu's Durbar Square) are listed in a sidebar. Search "Katmandu Durbar Square" and a Wikipedia description, address (Layaku, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal), and Google reviews (4.7 stars) appear.

A Google spokesperson included a clever reference to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven"—which Google provides lyrics for—in an email to Business Insider about the feature: "There's a feeling you get when you turn to a song and you know that the words have two meanings. Well it's whispered that now if you go search the tune, maybe Google will lead you to reason. Ooh, it makes you wonder."

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