What is the difference between a songwriter and a lyricist?

All songs consist of words and music. The words to a song are the lyrics. The music in a song is the melody. Someone who writes the words are called a lyricist. A person who writes the melody is called the composer. Both the lyricist and the composer are songwriters.

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    Another type of hook is the instrumental hook. Some phrases that are played by a lead instrument may ingrain themselves into our memory and indeed be considered a melodic hook. Some of these hooks are so memorable and so integral to the song that they are copyrighted.