How to Play Song Sync

Song Sync is a great icebreaker game and gets everybody in your group to learn about each other’s music taste and help form friendships.

This is a deeper get-to-know-you game that also encourages players to get to know each other personally and also provides future topics to discuss.

You can play this game with groups of any size. It is also great for kids as it gets their brains thinking and ears listening.

Features of Song Sync Game

 ★  Game Name Song Sync
 ★  Group size any
 ★  Age any
 ★  Type active
 ★  Skill memory
 ★  Place indoor and outdoor
 ★  Time up to 10 – 15 min
 ★  Preparation yes
 ★  Materials Phone with the Internet

Aim of the Game

This game does not have a winner or loser. The aim of Song Sync is instead to learn about people’s music taste to help the conversation flow and friendships blossom. Make sure you brush up on your music knowledge before playing this one!

Group Size

This is a great group game for all group sizes as the play passes round the room from one person to the next.

Kids of all ages can play this game as well, but younger kids may find it harder as they’ll have a less extensive music knowledge.

Preparation and Materials

To play the Song Sync game, all you need is:

  • A timer
  • Access to the Internet (to check people’s answers)
  • Good music knowledge!

The game does not require much preparation but before starting you need to think of a list of words that are commonly found in songs. Examples of this include words like “love”, “soul”, “heart”, etc. Try searching for songs with these words to double check that there are enough different well-known tracks that contain the words.

How to Play Song Sync

To start with, get all the players to stand in a large circle and let them know your chosen word for this round, for instance “love”. Going round the circle, the participants have to say a song lyric that contains this word. Variations of the word such as “loves” or “loving” are not allowed!

If the player can correctly say a line from a song containing the word, they stay standing and the play moves to the next person. If they cannot think of an answer, they have to sit down.

Keep going until you there is only one person standing.

To keep things fair, use a computer or mobile phone to check the lyrics as and when each line is said outloud. You can also use your timer to limit each person to 5 seconds. If they can’t think of a lyric in the time limit then they are out that round!

The whole purpose of this game is to spark conversation between adults and engage the other children. For example, if there are songs you don’t know, get the kids to tell you a bit about them.

Alternative Variations

For extra fun playing Song Sync, you can try adding some of the following variations:

  • Instead of saying lyrics, make the person sing the lyrics for the song out loud – this is guaranteed to have people in fits of giggles!
  • If your group is really competitive, have a bag of sweets as a small prize for the last person standing

This is one of the best group games for encouraging conversation and find other group members that have similar interests and music tastes.