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Listeners love a good Pop song and radio loves to play them. Whether you want to pitch your songs to established artists in the Pop field or sing them yourself, writing a contemporary, commercial Pop song with hit-single appeal means writing a song that listeners can identify with and radio will want to play. Basically, a Pop song is one that a lot of people currently enjoy listening to and want to hear again.
To reach a lot of listeners — to be popular — a song needs to…. A Pop song is a combination of something you want to say and something listeners want to hear. Try not to be critical of work in progress. Just let it flow and see what happens. Songs about love relationships starting up or falling apartgood times, dreams and desires, confronting problems, learning about who we are… these are things that all of us deal with.
Your message will emotionally connect with listeners if you handle it with honesty and insight. They feature the same kinds of popular themes that work for songs. Just grab a pencil and a sheet of paper and start watching your favorite TV shows.
Try writing from the point of view of one of the people in the situation. Most hit Pop songs revolve around the singer or the singer and another person. This is how songs connect with listeners in a physical way. A rhythmic groove also expresses the attitude or energy of your song. There are dance grooves, strutting grooves, bluesy grooves, sad grooves, happy ones. Let the groove guide you into your song by suggesting words that match the mood or attitude. Play along with the recording until you can comfortably play the rhythm on your own, then write to it.
Or check out the current music charts for grooves you can recreate on guitar or keyboard. Try these resources for grooves, chords, and tracks.
You pro players can use some of these ideas to get started on a song, then follow up on your own gear. Once you have a groove, try making a list of short phrases, images, and ideas that the rhythm suggests to you. How does it make you feel? Ready for a party? What kind of situation or relationship does the rhythm suggest?
Remember, the music is like underscore for your lyric. Lyric and music need to support each other. Use the lyric writing tips above to get your lyric started. Once you have the first line of a melody, try repeating it for the second line. Then go somewhere else for the third line and come back to your original to wrap it up.
Pop radio hits tend to have powerful chorus melodies that let the singer really stretch out and get emotional. Try going to a higher note range for the chorus and give it a peak note — the highest of the song — before coming back down and resolving at the end. Consider using that pattern in your own chorus. Just notice which melody lines repeat and where, and which lines are different. NOTE: The lyrics will often change even though the melody repeats. If you write your melody before your lyric, read this post to find out how to add a lyric to it: How Do You Write Lyrics to a Melody.
You can find the chords to your favorite songs in song books and online. When you have a chord progression you like, try playing it with a rhythm groove, then develop a lyric or melody idea as I described above.
Once you have an idea what you want to write about, try describing it so listeners can see and hear it. Write your lyric like a script for a movie. Be sure to keep your listeners in mind as you write. Remember, a Pop song needs to connect with them in order to succeed. What kinds of questions would they want to ask? On a piece of paper, make a list of those questions and write down some short answers to use in your song. Find out more about writing for your listener. Use the natural melody of speech to get going again. Try speaking a line or two with a lot of emotion, then repeat it a couple times with even more emotion.
Notice the natural up and down motion and the rhythm of your spoken words. Exaggerate those until you have a melody, then experiment until it feels good to you. Try these ideas for shaping up your melody. Those monster radio hits often add a section between the verse and chorus called the pre-chorus. This is where the music producer gets to show off his or her chops. Rough out a lyric based on the hit song structure above. Write a first verse lyric that introduces listeners to the singer or the situation.
End your verse on a line that le the listener into your chorus. Use your most emotional or strongest lyric line to start your chorus. Play your chorus chords and sing the lyric as your work up a melody. Then connect your verse and chorus sections. You can keep working on your verses and chorus this way until your song begins to take on an overall shape.
By using the song structure above, your song will be headed in a commercial, radio-ready direction right from the start. For your chorus, use a higher note range to add emotion. If you come to a place where you get stuck, just fill in a temporary melody and lyric and keep on going. Record your rough ideas as you go on a smartphone, computer, or cassette deck—whatever you have handy will do just fine.
When you get tired or lose perspective on your work walk away. Then come back later with fresh ears.
Listen to your recording and pick up where you left off. Make it a contest with yourself. Try to beat what you already have. Try replacing these with words and images that have plenty of emotional associations that fit your theme.
If the singer feels trapped in a relationship, consider using words like prison, iron bars, boxed in, tiny room, locks, dark, airless, chains. You get the idea. Do the same with action words. Try these tips for creating a compelling emotional experience for listeners. Be sure to a contemporary edge to your rhymes, too. Is every line starting on the same beat? Consider moving them so they start a little earlier or later. Or change the length of lines by adding a few words and notes at the end of a line so it runs right into the next.
Or break a line into two short phrases. Here are more ideas for rewriting your melody to make it contemporary and memorable. If your verse has a lot words and a busy, choppy melody, consider smoothing and stretching out the melody in your chorus so listeners can really hear the difference. Think about starting your chorus by jumping up to a higher note than the verses. Give your audience a clue — something they can really hear — that lets them know where they are in the song.
These are the kinds of songs the music industry is looking for. Go through the charts at Billboard. When you find a Pop song you like learn to play and sing it, or just sing along with the record. Share the love:. Get a free hit song guide or songwriting tip every month!Looking for a good pop
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