By giving your song a title that references the hook, you're helping listeners find your song easily and remember it, too. Songwriter Cliff Goldmacher, in this online songwriting video, suggests that the more you can do to make your song easy to find after a listener hears it the better. As a songwriter, keeping your listener in mind is always a good idea.
- Rule #8 Give Your Song a Title That References the Hook.…The whole idea here is to put yourself…in the position of your listener.…So picture a listener hearing your song…when they're out and about somewhere…and wanting to ask for it again.…They'll most likely remember the hook,…so keep that in mind when you name your song.…Anything that you can do to make it easy for you listener to…remember your song is to your advantage.…In our song example, "A Little Bit,"…we name the song "A Little Bit" because it…ends the chorus and it's a bit ironic and…it's memorable and the message…listeners will hopefully take away.…
So that was our reasoning in not only…putting that at the last line of the…chorus but also naming the song "A Little Bit."…For our GRAMMY award winning song example,…"Single Ladies" or just to double their chances of…people remembering it, in parentheses, Put a Ring on It,…does a perfect job of naming their song…every possible hook that's involved in the song.…Definitely worth a listen to see what I mean.…
- 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