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Daily Heardle #116 — answers and hints for Tuesday, June 21


Heardle has returned. So, what’s the answer?

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A simple answer to today’s Heardle question may be challenging for those who aren’t in the right generation or who aren’t enjoying certain types of music. You’ll understand what I mean if you’ve ever played Heardle.

You’ve never tried this before? Rather than asking you to guess five-letter words, it asks you to identify a song from a 15-second overture, making it one of the greatest Wordle replacements and clones. There is no need to be a music aficionado in order to score well on Heardle’s playlist, which draws from the most popular songs streamed on many platforms.


Still, it can be very difficult to predict the name of a song based solely on the opening. Our job is to maintain track of past Heardle answers and provide you with clues for today’s Heardle answer if you get stuck.

Also, if you’re just looking for the answer to today’s Heardle, you can find it right here. We don’t care what you think.

Warning: spoilers for Heardle #116 are ahead, so only continue reading if you want to hear the answer!


Today’s Heardle hints, Tuesday, June 21

Before we reveal today’s answer, here are a few hints that should help you if you’re stuck.

  • This song was released in 1968
  • This song has been featured in movies such as There’s Something About Mary (1998) and The Kissing Booth 2 (2020)
  • There was an age gap of 20 years between the oldest and youngest members of this group

Alright, that’s the hints done with — time for the solution.

Today’s Heardle answer, Tuesday, June 21

So, what is today’s Heardle answer?


The answer is Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations.

Did you get it? If Heardle’s clip wasn’t enough for you, check out the full song here:

If you correctly identified the answer, congrats!


Many Heardle players managed to correctly identify this song’s title in less than a second, despite its difficulty.

Heardle had me stumped this morning, but I believe the music might be The Supremes’ “Baby Love” (which opens in new tab). Heardle’s autofill choices didn’t include that music, but The Foundations’ Baby Now That I’ve Found You(opens in new tab) did. Since it was the only option, I decided to go ahead with it. Even though I had never heard of this artist before, it turned out to be the right one by chance.

At that point, I was already familiar with the 7-second melody, so I would have known the solution anyhow. Even if I don’t know the answer, it’s helped me think twice before pushing skip when I’m stuck on a question. A useful hint could be found by accident, even though the odds are slim.


Previous Heardle answers

If you’re looking for a list of older Heardle answers, we can also help. Here’s a list going back 20 games.

  • #115, June 20: Goo Goo Dolls — Iris
  • #114, June 19: Aretha Franklin — Respect
  • #113, June 18: Christina Aguilera — Genie In A Bottle
  • #112, June 17: Usher — Yeah! ft. Lil Jon, Ludacris
  • #111, June 16: David Bowie — Let’s Dance
  • #110, June 15: One Direction — What Makes You Beautiful
  • #109, June 14: Simon & Garfunkel — Bridge over Troubled Water
  • #108, June 13: Tracy Chapman — Fast Car
  • #107, June 12: Green Day — Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
  • #106, June 11: Calvin Harris + Disciples — How Deep is Your Love
  • #105, June 10: Emotions — Best Of My Love
  • #104, June 9: Wu-Tang Clan — CREAM (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)
  • #103, June 8: The Temper Trap — Sweet Disposition
  • #102, June 7: Prince — When Doves Cry
  • #101, June 6: Roy Orbison — Oh, Pretty Woman
  • #100, June 5: Marvin Gaye — Sexual Healing
  • #99, June 4: Mariah Carey — Fantasy
  • #98, June 3: MGMT — Electric Feel
  • #97, June 2: Eagles — Hotel California
  • #96, June 1: Alanis Morisette — Ironic
  • #95, May 31: Pharrell ft. Jay-Z — Frontin’
  • #94, May 30: ACDC — Back In Black
  • #93, May 29: Elvis Presley — Can’t Help Falling In Love
  • #92, May 28: Britney Spears — Toxic
  • #91, May 27: Robin S. — Show Me Love

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