In the era of digital music, hundreds of new songs are uploaded daily. But only great songs stand out and shine. Here are the tips for songwriters to make your songs shine in the best light and win that one and only listener’s attention.
1. Hits are made with the Hooks
Hooks are essential in creating a hit song. A great hook is a combination of a really catchy melody, great lyric (often the title of the song) or riff, that is repeated within the song. Remember a hook is not just a one-off moment in the song! It is a certain culmination and the brightest moment of it. Repeat it enough and it will stick in the brain of the listener forever!
2. Relatable songs are loved by the listener
Yes, it’s important to write something that has meaning to you. But songs are made to be meaningful for others. Try to make lyrics easy to relate to for other people who hear it. How amazing would it be to have listeners say to you: “How did you know what I was feeling?” Don’t worry, this skill can be learned – play your song to people around you and ask them if they ‘get’ it! This will help you to polish it, grow and shine.
3. Believable is a key
Write about something you have actually experienced or an emotion you have really felt, or are feeling right now. Don’t fake feelings when you write. That way your song will be so much more believable to the listener and it will resonate more in your voice, in your face, in your mood. It all makes difference.
4. Solid Song Structure
There are certain structures that work in songwriting and keep the listener engaged. It should be simple. If a song takes too many twists and turns, and is hard to follow, then half of your listeners will lose their interest and switch off. Keep it simple and listeners will stay with you.
5. The Replay, again
In the short attention, span era don’t underestimate the power of a song that lasts as little as 2 minutes. A short, punchy, well-crafted song will make your listeners hit the replay button. That’s what we need, right!
6. What Makes A Song Catchy?
The first thing that people hear in songs is the melody, so work hard on creating unique melodies that are interesting and have definitions. Once it’s done, the great lyric will follow the attention! Of course, the music on which you are writing is important too, and if you are searching for the right beat/instrumental to inspire your catchy song, I got you covered.
7. A Strongest Emotions win!
I believe that one of the most important goals of songwriting is to evoke strong emotion in the listener. Your song can make someone feel happy, angry, ecstatic, tearful, empowered or makes them want to dance. Remember – If your song doesn’t evoke powerful emotion in YOU when you write it, it’s not going to move anyone else when they hear it!
Hopefully, I’ve given you some helpful tips to become an even better artist or songwriter than you already are. Nonetheless, thank you for reading this entire article and I wish you all the best in your music career.
If you have any questions or help, don’t hesitate and reach out to me.