The bulk of pop songs both today and in past eras adhere to the principles of just a few different structures. Songwriting pro Cliff Goldmacher talks about these three structures, which use a combination verse, chorus, prechorus and bridge as well as a refrain to achieve a coherent theme. This songwriting tutorial gives examples of each commercial song structure.
- For rule number 16, I'm going to cover…three commonly used commercial song structures.…The first one is "verse, chorus,…"verse, chorus, bridge, chorus."…And the song example is "Long, Long Time,"…which you can find in your course materials,…along with a lyrics sheet.…And, opening up the lyric sheet can…sometimes help you see the structure,…as you're listening to the song.…For this structure, the GRAMMY award winning song example,…that you can find on the Spotify playlist,…is "Daughters" by John Mayer.…
The second structure is "verse, pre-chorus,…"chorus, verse, pre-chorus, chorus,"…and then another "chorus," so a repeat chorus…at the end of the song.…The song example in your course materials…is "No Turning Back Now," and, again,…take a look at the lyric sheet, and you'll see what I mean.…The GRAMMY award winning song example…for this second song structure is "I Need You Now"…by Lady Antebellum.…And, finally, the third commercial…song structure is a "verse/refrain,…"verse/refrain, B section," and a "verse/refrain."…
- Writing lyrics that are conversational and natural
- Making every line count
- Putting your song's hook at the end of a chorus
- Creating simple and unique melodies
- Keeping song intros short and longer verses at the beginning of a song