How to Write Songs People Will Love

Learn Songs Headphone Computer Screen Write SongsDo you truly want to write the best song you possibly can? If your answer is yes, you  need to emulate what successful songwriters do. How do you learn from these successful songwriters? That’s easy. Study great songs. Continue reading to learn how to write songs people will love.

Songwriting is a Learned Skill

It is rare that anyone can write a great song right away. Songwriting is a skill and it can be learned. Make great songwriters your teacher by understanding how they write songs.

It Starts with an Idea

In all creative endeavors originally comes from taking existing ideas and method and applying them in unique ways. Using those existing ideas requires studying them. You then analyze them and figure out what makes them successful. The more you know, the stronger your instinct will be for what is memorable, catchy and engaging.

It Takes Time

If you look at a metal smith, who is someone who can take a piece of raw steel and forge it into some beautiful or useful, it may look as though they have a natural ability to create. The truth is there are many hours of learning, experimenting, perfecting the craft.

Mentors Can Help You Write Songs

In addition there is usually a mentor that helps the metal smith with technique and method of working with the raw materials. The knowledge of the mentor will provide shortcuts and help the metal smith become more proficient faster.

It is no different when writing a song.

If you study the techniques and methods of hit songwriters, you will discover how they craft a song. If you’re worried that you will lose individually or special artistic touch, don’t be concerned. Look at it this way. You may live in a neighborhood where many of the homes have the same floor plan or look from the outside very similar. And yet, each home will be unique in the way that it is landscaped, the exterior color and the furnishing inside.

Learn the Right Techniques

Learning the techniques of great songwriters will provide a foundation and framework that they use to write great songs. Your creativity and special artistic touch is in how you take the basics and make it your own.

For example, take some time to examine song form. What sections are included in the song? Figure out how the chorus and verses complement each other. Ask what does the bridge do? Eventually, as you study great songs it will become second nature.

What are some ways to study hit songs?

Start by listening to music with a critical ear. As you listen ask yourself questions like these…

  1. What do I like about this song?
  2. Why does the chorus appeal to me?
  3. What emotion is the song communicating?
  4. How is the song structured
  5. How do the lyric tell a story that people can relate.
  6. What is it about the melody that makes it memorable

This list could go on and on and I am sure your get the idea of this exercise. Continue to dig for methods hit songwriters use to create songs.

Once you learn and understand the method and technique apply them to your songwriting. Don’t be discouraged if the song you are writing does not come out the way you want; you can always rewrite and refine your song. The key is to build a foundation and framework and create you song around it. Learn this is you will write song people love.

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3 Responses to How to Write Songs People Will Love

  1. Thanks for responding, a few days after I made my comment I realized all the consepts of (Tools) for writing Lyrics. Lately I’ve been studying other Artist Lyrics , Like Alan Jackson, George Strait, and a few others, and what makes some of there great song, Great songs.,

  2. I’am a firm believer in , if its too good to be true then it probablty is , I was reading in the net about a book that says, buy this book and you’ll write a great song everyday, it talks about cheat sheets for writing. whats your opion on this please.

    • songwriter says:

      Creativity is both preparation and inspiration. One way to be prepared is to work on songs everyday. Is every song going to be great? Not necessarily. But over time as the songwriter works on many songs those songs will get better and better. It’s like any skill that is practiced.

      As far a cheat sheets they are just tools a songwriter can use to jump start a song. They can be used also to see if the writer is on track. Making a commitment to write every day can be a daunting task. The use of various tools and “cheat sheets” can be the spark that could ignite the next great song. On this website there are many tool you can use to get a song started. Keep in mind they are only tools and they can only go so far in creating a great song. The key element is the human touch that can only come directly from the artist. No tool or cheat sheet can produce that. I believe songwriting tools can be helpful and useful but by themselves they can only go so far.

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    If you have a song and you’re ready to send it out but something (or somebody!) is telling you that it’s not quite ready, listen to them. Remember this: great songs are not written, they’re rewrittenÉand rewrittenÉand rewritten. The point here is that rarely are creative endeavors completed on the first pass. Think of all your songs as drafts, or ‘starts’ until they get published.