While music is a very subjective experience, there are thousands of songs that are undisputedly good. A good song doesn’t need to be a hit single. Good music can be found on albums as bonus tracks, on SoundCloud from unknown artists, and can even be made up while you’re singing in the shower.
A good songwriter doesn’t need much to make a good song. You don’t need fancy production or even the greatest singer to make something magical. You would be surprised how easily and quickly a good song can be created with one simple instrument. That instrument is your voice.
Now it will help if you have a piano or guitar to guide your melodic ideas with chords, but some good songs are acapella. Why is that? It’s because the magic is in the lyrics, rhythm, song structure, and melody.
One of the first things you think of when creating a good song is lyrical content. Your song lyrics are the heart and driving force of emotion and energy that makes or breaks the quality. Good song lyrics are relatable, catchy, and often affect listeners emotionally.
Some good song lyrics are basic, while others are very deep. Both types require skill, although many will say that good music must include a song that has a deep message. But it’s not true, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is a banger!
Good song lyrics also follow a catchy rhyming scheme that is fluid and sonically pleasing line after line. You could have a good song topic but not have the writing skills to turn your words into good lyrics. Your lyrics should also flow well with the next element of a song which is the melodic line.
Good songs have well-crafted melodies that are often catchy as well. Again, catchiness isn’t a requirement, but many good songs have unique melodies that somehow still feel familiar to the listener's ear. Good melody lines feel just right as if the song was made 100% as it was intended to be from the start.
A great melody line also fits the lyrics in a good song very smoothly with an emphasis on the right syllables that would flow well sung or spoken. Good songs often pair their melody well with the emotional beats of the lyrics, highlighting key points in the words with dynamically appropriate melodies that feel right in your soul.
The singer doesn’t need to be the best in order to do the song justice. As long as the singer is in the right key and hitting most of the right notes, a good song’s melody speaks for itself.
A good song has a song structure that captures and keeps the attention of the listener. Good songs don’t need to have common song structures, but the structure does need to make sense and flow well. Most good songs have a recurring hook that comes back at least twice before the song is over. Many good songs also have at least two verses that showcase the writer’s lyrical skills.
Other common song elements include an intro, an outro, a bridge, a breakdown, a pre-chorus, and a vamp. There are thousands of ways to structure a song that all makes perfect sense. As long as the song feels cohesive when performed or sang, it has the potential to be good, or even great.
Many hip-hop songs don’t include good melodic lines and solely rely on lyrics and rhythms to make them magical. While it seems like a challenge, combining lyrics with rhythmic phrasing is a great way to start writing a song. For some songwriters, melodic and rhythmic ideas come at the same time, but for others, they’re basically writing raps or poetry first.
For your lyrical poetry to flow in song format and sound good, you will want to have several different rhythmic phrases that compliment each other well. You want it to be catchy but not too repetitive. For example, most good songs don’t use the same rhythmic flow for the words in the verse and the words in the chorus. Many verses change the rhythms in the melodic lines at least once in order to keep the listener on their toes.
This blog was written by singer, songwriter and producer Yona Marie. Check out Yona’s latest music releases on her Spotify, her Youtube and share the music if you like it!
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