The end of your song's chorus is an especially powerful place to put the hook of the song. Cliff Goldmacher, music producer, reminds you to think of your chorus as tension and release. This online songwriting course recommends placing your song's hook as the last line of the chorus but you can also place the hook at the beginning of the chorus as well. Often the hook is used multiple times in the same chorus.
- "Rule #7, Putting the Hook at the End of Your Chorus…"Gives It Extra Punch."…What I'm talking about here is the way that you build up to…and reveal your hook.…There's sort of this idea of tension and release…that makes it more dramatic.…It's kind of like building up to the punchline of a joke.…Now often times, you will also have your hook…at the top of the chorus, but that doesn't mean…you can't also put it at the end of the chorus too.…
Sometimes the hook will be both at the beginning…and at the end of your chorus.…In our song, "A Little Bit," the last phrase of our chorus…is the hook, and the reason we put it there…is it was kind of a rethinking of the song's message.…It was like a little crack in the door when the singer…all along is saying, "I'm out of this.…"I'm not interested in love anymore."…And then the last line of our chorus is…"Except just a little bit."…And that's what made it sort of the main message…of the song, and we put it at the end of the chorus…because it landed with a more satisfying thud…
- 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