Rhyming Tools

A rhyming dictionary is important if you’re a songwriter. It’s a great tool to find new ways of saying things and get you away from predictable rhymes like: when it snows, I have to blow my nose.

Here’s a little assistance to finding a good one.

Rhyme Desk

  • Cool tool that counts your syllables and looks for rhymes!
  • Click on the “perfect rhyme” or “near rhyme” button on the right
  • Mobile version toggles between the two screens
  • If only you could save your lyrics to Evernote!

Rhymer by WriteExpress

  • Six types of rhymes: end, last, beginning, double, triple, first syllable
  • Clean display & easy to change rhyme types
  • Good mobile presentation
  • No rhyme family options, which is limiting


  • Type and go
  • Perfect and close rhymes only
  • Good volume of words on the list


  • Close rhymes only
  • Not huge variety of words but solid
  • Good mobile presentation

My favorite rhyming dictionary is Clement Wood’s. It is organized well, is easy to use, has a nice sound and poetry explanation at the beginning, and has a great range of words and phrases.

If you’re going to purchase a rhyming dictionary, this one is it.  Don’t waste your money on anything else.

I have 3 – one for my songwriting bag, one on my shelf at home, and one at work (just in case a song hits me when I’m not being distracted by spreadsheets).

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The Complete Rhyming Dictionary

by Clement Wood
One of the best rhyming dictionaries you’ll come across.
Used by Jimmy Webb no less!

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The Craft & Business of Songwriting

by John Braheny
Covers the basics from defining a verse to gigging, but also  spends some quality time on rhyme. All kinds of information in this for the bargain price of the paperback.

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Lyrics: Writing Better Words For Your Songs

by Rikky Rooksby
Covers prosody and lyrics in general, but spends time on rhyme patterns and contrast as well.

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Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure: Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics

by Pat Pattison
Structure and rhyme families go hand in hand. This is a fantastic book to help understand not only how your lyric forms and structure can be shaped, but also applying rhyme to help them evolve to the next level.

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