Heardle is like Wordle with music and it’s awesome


Taylor Swift during her RED Tour at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Wordle is the online word game phenomenon that has inspired spin-offs focusing on topics as varied as geography, Lord of the Rings tradition and even NSFW words. Now we have Heardle, which is basically Wordle for music.

Players listen to a short audio clip and have six chances to guess which song it is. In the first round, the clip is only a second long, but more of the track plays as you burn your chances (or skip a round).


Heardle randomly extracts songs from Soundcloud’s most listened to tracks over the past decade.


On the final lap, you hear a full 16 seconds of the song.

It’s a lot like Name That Tune, although the system auto-completes artist and song names as you type.


Heardle gives you six chances to name a song and artist, playing a longer snippet of the track with each wrong guess.

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It helps if you’re aware of current pop music, as each Heardle is “randomly picked” from a list of the most-streamed songs on Soundcloud over the past decade, according to developer Omaske Studio.

You can play on your computer, phone, or tablet but, like Wordle, this only saves your streak if you play on the same device every day.

Do you have more specific musical tastes? There’s Taylordle, where Swifties can guess words relating to the Grammy-winning singer’s work. (Spoiler: Friday’s word, “seven,” is a song from Swift’s 2020 album Folklore.)

And Weezle, where players get six tries to guess a five-letter word from Weezer’s discography, launched on Thursday.


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