Once upon a time there was a lyrics theme for WordPress called Lyricsy that was free. However, the site which the theme resided on has been taken down and has been down long enough for me to think it’s probably never coming back and unfortunately I don’t seem to have saved a copy of it to fork.

But don’t worry, there are a few other alternatives that I’ve found since then.

The best option is probably DirectoryPress by PremiumPress. Out of the box, it already has a directory look and feel that is similar to many lyrics themes out there as well as several helpful features such as:

  • Ability for visitors to submit posts (in this case lyrics)
  • An advanced search
  • Advertising built in so you can easily monetize your site
  • The ability to charge for listings if that’s the way you want to go

While there are several other themes out there that say they offer the ability to upload lyrics they are mostly band-oriented themes that are for music artists rather than a directory of lyrics. However, if that’s what you’re looking for, you can find some band-type themes here.

If I find another option that is specifically for music lyrics, I’ll post it here, but for now DirectoryPress is your best bet.

If you want a cheaper alternative that might do the trick, you can eList by Elegant Themes. It is also a directory theme, but isn’t laid out for the job quite as nicely.

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