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LyricWiki Main Page.png
Screenshot of the main page
Type of site
Internet lyrics database
Available in Multilingual (13 active Main Page translations)
Owner Wikia
Created by Sean Colombo
Alexa rank 7,919,632 (December 2013)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched April 2006
Current status Active

LyricWikia is an online wiki-based lyrics database and encyclopedia.[2] In March 2013, it was the seventh largest MediaWiki installation[3] with over 1,800,000 content pages including 1.5 million songs.[4] Users on the site can view, edit, and discuss the lyrics of songs, which are also available for purchase from links on the site.[5] The site is searchable by song, artist, album, genre, hometown, label, and language.[2] Users are told to be mindful of copyright while contributing,[6] and copyright violations are removed upon request.[7] All the lyrics on LyricWikia are licensed through LyricFind.[8]


The site was released in April 2006 by Sean Colombo while a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and soon after won the DreamHost Site of the Month award for April 2006[9] which helped jump-start its growth since winners of the contest are announced in DreamHost's monthly newsletter which claims to have over 50,000 subscribers.

Motive Force LLC, the parent company of LyricWikia, was the target of a lawsuit brought forth against it by the National Music Publishers Association.[10] As a result, the site has migrated to Wikia, which has a blanket licensing arrangement with Gracenote to provide lyrics,[11] and blocked access to full lyrics via API.[12]

Since then LyricWiki has switched to LyricFind as their lyric licensor, and has been renamed to LyricWikia

Application programming interface and apps[edit]

The site allowed programmatic access to the contents of its database through a web API.[13] Following a 2009 agreement with licensors, queried lyrics may be displayed partially with a link to their respective web page.[14] This API has been leveraged to create plugins for many media players including Winamp,[15] Amarok,[16] Windows Media Player,[15] iTunes,[17] musikCube,[15] foobar2000,[15] ITunes via Mac OS X Dashboard,[18] and more.[19] LyricWikia has also released a Facebook application called "LyricWiki Challenge" which is a social, competitive game based on identifying lyrics from popular songs in several genres.[20] Though, since early 2016, API has been discontinued due to licensing restrictions.[21]

Wikia, has also developed a mobile app called Lyrically that utilizes the lyric-database of LyricWikia and displays lyrics based on the song being played.[22]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2013-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Woods, Dan; Thoeny, Peter (2007). Wikis for Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 76. ISBN 0-470-04399-7. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  3. ^ "List of largest wikis". Meta-wiki. Wikimedia. 2013-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Statistics - Lyric Wiki". Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Lyric Wiki Review". Webuser. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  6. ^ Boguschewski, Frank (2006). Websites aktuell (in German). c't. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  7. ^ "LyricWiki:Copyrights". LyricWiki. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  8. ^ "LyricWiki Copyrights". 
  9. ^ "DreamHost Site of the Month". DreamHost. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  10. ^
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  12. ^ "LyricWiki API Developrs". Google Groups. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  13. ^ "LyricWiki API Profile". Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  14. ^ "LyricWiki API". 
  15. ^ a b c d "LyricWiki" (in French). Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  16. ^ "Amarok Lyrics". Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  17. ^ "ilyrics". Google Code. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  18. ^ "Harmonic". mindquirk. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  19. ^ "LyricWiki Plugins". LyricWiki. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  20. ^ "LyricWiki Challenge | Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  21. ^ "LyricWiki API - Wikia API Wiki". Wikia. Retrieved 2016-05-29. 
  22. ^ "Help:Lyrically Lyrics App". 

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