How to Write a Song


A song is a musical composition with vocals that can be performed by a single singer, a singer supported by background singers or by a group of musicians playing instruments. Songs can be sung without accompaniment (a cappella) or with instruments, such as acoustic guitars, pianos, organs, and drums. They can also be recorded and sung with many different accompaniments, including strings, horns, woodwinds, and backing vocals.

The most important thing when writing a song is to have inspiration for it. Many accomplished Songwriters describe having ideas for a song come to them out of the blue, often when they are in a special place, like a park or by the seashore. It’s helpful to be attuned to these moments, and carry a small notebook so you can write down any lyrics or melodies that come to you.

When you have your song written, find someone who will give you honest feedback and critique. It’s hard to be objective about your own work, so get a friend or colleague who will be willing to put in the time and effort necessary to help you make your song the best it can be.

A song typically has an intro, verses, a chorus and maybe even a bridge and pre-chorus. The chorus is the climax of all the big ideas in your song, and usually contains the main melody and hook. A bridge is a contrasting optional section that offers some relief from the repetition of the chorus and/or verses. This can be achieved through a change in key, chord progression or by using a variety of harmonies.