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Tips On Writing A Winning Song
Is There A "Standard Format" For Commercial Songs?by Kerri Hunt
Use first and second person ( I, we, you, your). Try
to stay away from third person!
Use conversational writing
Use great Hooks and Play-On-Words. (Good Hooks
& a Play-On-Words will set you apart!)
Simplify, simplify, simplify
Most top 40 tunes are variations of love songs!
Try to have a "pay-off" line towards the end of the
song. A payoff is a twist to your story line that is
Use titles that create curiosity!
Have a strong opening line. The first two or three
bars are the most important! Try and open the song
with music or lyrics that with catch the listeners attention.
Write feelings! I love you, I hate you but do it in an
Write stories - Listeners like stories!
Use word pictures. Paint a picture with words so the
listener can see what you mean.
Write, write, write - This is a tough business. If you
can't handle rejection then find something else to do!
Try and use standard song formats like Verse,
Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, and such... If you don't
use a standard format then you're starting with at least
one strike against you...doesn't mean you won't hit a
home run but the odds go down when you start with a
strike. Also keep the song between 2:30 and 3:30
minutes or another strike.
If you want to get a cut then you must start submitting
tunes to a publisher.
Look out for anyone who wants to charge you money
to record your song! They will usually tell you in a nice
way that your tape stinks! Then they will try to sell you
on their service. They sometimes send you a semi-real
This is what I have been told is wanted by the
Labels. I just write from the heart, ignore the restrictions
& rules and let the ink keep flowing.
[© 2000 McClure & Trowbridge Publishing; ref. "Lex Non-Scripta" [LVX] Kerri Hunt]
"With flowers You paint,
O Giver of Life!
With songs You give color."
- NEZAHUALOYOTL (1402 - 1472)
NAHUATL FLOWER SONGS