I have developed an application for musicians that produces this output and I am not sure if we are using the correct terminology.

We currently use Chords and lyrics sheet but I think this is not the most popular description.

I recently found the following alternatives:

  • Chord charts [with lyrics]
  • Music chord tabs
  • Lead sheet
  • Sheet music
  • Lyrics and chords

What is the correct terminology for this kind of music sheet?

  • A comment, thus not an answer - I find these difficult to read, as there is no indication of how long each chord lasts. If you know the song, it's fine. Could you include barlines?
    – Tim
    Jun 23, 2015 at 6:35
  • Look at 'lead sheets'. They show what you need - words, chords, with dots and barlines.
    – Tim
    Jun 23, 2015 at 7:05
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    Lead sheets have barlines but my application doesn't have these. Jun 23, 2015 at 7:26
  • Lead sheets also have the basic melody and chord symbols, not just the chords. Jun 24, 2015 at 0:25
  • @Tim : I have created bar lines using the pipe symbol |. It's not released yet but you can have a look at snag.gy/nuM9k.jpg and tell me what do you think Jun 24, 2015 at 8:03

1 Answer 1


Most of your name suggestions aren't wrong.

  • Chords and lyrics sheet -> This seems a bit long, but it is accurate, since it describes exactly what we are looking at
  • Chord charts [with lyrics]-> Short and to the point.
  • Music chord tabs -> Tabs seems wrong here, because you don't include a tablature in your app.
  • Lead sheet -> Like Tim said, the app isn't a lead sheet either. Here is what a lead sheet looks like:

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  • Sheet music -> A bit generic; not wrong, but it doesn't really specify what we are going to look at.
  • Lyrics and chords -> This is pretty correct too.

I think that Lyrics and chords and Chord charts [with lyrics] are the most fitting here. But maybe Lyrics and Chords seems more correct, because it looks like the app emphasizes on the lyrics.

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