A song is a piece of music that uses words to tell a story. There are many different types of song, from folk songs that are accompanied by dancing or labor to ballads that deal with a tragic event.
The word song can also refer to poetry set to music. Some rhyming poems are considered to be songs, such as Pablo Neruda’s “April Rain Song” and George Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy.”
There are many types of song, and it can be difficult to know what to call them. Ultimately, though, they all have the same basic structure: verse, chorus and outro.
Verse: A verse is an important part of the song structure, because it is where a songwriter tells his or her story. It is usually between the chorus and pre-chorus.
Chorus: A chorus is where a song carries the listener on a journey of emotion through its lyrics. It is also the most powerful part of a song because it is where a songwriter can show off her or his singing skills.
Bridge: A bridge is a section of a song that introduces new musical ideas while still working within the context of the song. It often starts on a different chord from what the verse and chorus start on, and it typically contains a bit more variation in its lyrics.
In our research, we have examined over 500 000 songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015 to understand the dynamics of success (defined as’making it’ into the top charts). We have found that most popular songs tend to decline in ‘happiness’ and ‘brightness’ and to increase in’sadness’, but that some successful songs defy these trends.