Songwriting By Michael Anderson Like you, I have heard the apocryphal tales of the million selling hit song written in 15 minutes on the back of a restaurant napkin. And I have had songs that seem to come out of thin air and write themselves in a relatively short period of time. But in my personal experience and in talking to writers I respect over the years the more common process of writing a good song is a variation of the old screenwriter adage:
Share via Email Hit list Guy Chambers, songwriter behind Robbie Williams's best-loved anthems. Eamonn Mccabe for the Guardian How do you write a hit song?
Through the decades, many books have been written on the subject — usually by people who aren't songwriters themselves — using analyses of previous hits to come up with solutions.
Music industry publication Billboard recently revealed the stats of all the songs that had featured in the magazine's Hot charts. Since the 50s, songs have become longerfrom an average of 2. If you want a hit, it may be best to stay away from writing ballads — ever since the 40s, the average tempo of chart entrants has hovered between bpm and bpm ballads usually play at around 90bpm.
You should also stick to major keys, with C major being the most popular. Of the top 10 most successful songs of all time, only Kanye West's Gold Digger is in a minor key. Billboard shows it has become increasingly important to get a cut with artists who are already successful.
Author Jay Frank says the way people consume music in the digital age has changed what makes a hit. In his book Future Hit. DNA he argues that people are discovering music online and not always via radio, so song intros need to be shorter.
He recently used Adele's Someone Like You as an example of how the theories in his book are correct. This doesn't exactly tally with stats provided by Billboard, although Adele's hit is in a major key.
Maybe it makes more sense to look to songwriters who have had plenty of hits. In it, successful songwriters talk about the craft, and we see hit-maker Guy Chambers in action as he co-writes with a selection of artists. If anyone was hoping to stumble on a secret formula, that hope was quickly shattered.
As Motown legend Lamont Dozier once said: I can only go by what I feel. After trying out a few ideas they settled on an African highlife sound. Ronson noted that very few hits had that particular sound, bar Vampire Weekend, which probably should have been a reason to abandon the idea.
A view echoed by the radio pluggers who thought it could possibly be a fourth single, adding: What we need are great songs.
One of the advantages of being a songwriter instead of a performer is that, while artists have a hard time recovering their reputation when a record bombs, the only time the public pays attention to who wrote a song is when it's a hit.
Most people don't realise that, even for successful writers, the good-v-great ratio is low: Chambers has written more than 1, songs in the last 15 years, of which 21 ranked in the top 10 — that's one hit for every 47 songs.
That may sound like a frustrating process, but most writers would agree it's necessary to write non-hits to get to the nuggets.
As with athletes, it's important to exercise the writing muscle. It can also be detrimental to throw away the seed of a song too early. When I first heard of the BBC's intention to film the process of songwriting, I wondered if it could work. The creative process is intensely personal, and you need to feel relaxed and comfortable enough to talk about intimate experiences, and to throw some ridiculous ideas into the mix.
The prospect of being judged by a TV audience would surely make writers curb their ideas.I think this year to date, I've written about 25 songs. 9 have been officially released as two EPs.
Planning on releasing another batch of material towards the end of the year. I find it's really helpful to constantly write because in the process, I always learn something new.
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I feel like we could write, record, and release a great album by the end of this year. But everybody's used to local standards, where you write a few good songs and release them and get lauded in the paper.
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