What are some of the element of a hit song?

The song chosen to be a “hit” will 99% comply with a radio friendly format. There are several elements of a radio friendly format. These are some of criteria you can use to discover the best hit song.

Structural

  • The song length needs to be 3-4 minutes.
  • The intro should only be 4 bars maximum.
  • The song’s chorus should arrive before 60 seconds pass.
  • A familiar song structure like: Intro-Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus-Chorus

Message

  • The words need to connect with the audience
  • The topic of the song needs to be relevant to the listener
  • Lyrics should be universal in order to appeal to a larger audience.

Production

  • The production of the song needs to be high caliber
  • The performance needs to be spot on
  • Music needs to be play excellently with no mistakes

Music

  • The melody needs to be simple and memorable.
  • The melody needs to “hook” itself into the listeners mind
  • Make certain that the chorus stand out from the verse by using creative contrast.

Hook

  • The hook in 95% of the time will be the title.
  • Make sure the song has a title that will hook the listener
  • The hook title needs a great melody behind it.
  • Repeat the hook as much as you can get away with doing.

Lyrics

  • Make sure the lyrics tell a story.
  • Watch for grammar mistakes. i.e. verb tense, pronoun usage.

Intuition

  • Most people can tell when a song is great. Tap into that feeling.
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