What Is a Song?


A song is a short piece of music that includes both melody and lyrics. It typically has a rhythm, beat or meter and is sung or played accompanied by an instrument. It also has a form or structure, with verses and choruses.

Sometimes a song comes along that’s an “instant hit.” It might reveal itself while you’re humming to yourself, or in the middle of a jam session. Sometimes you might be working on something else when it happens, and suddenly a whole area of your brain just lights up with ideas. You just have to get out of the way and let it happen. That’s when you know it’s a true creative moment.

A typical song has an intro (or lift) to set the mood and build anticipation. Then the verses tell the story. Often the same words are repeated throughout, but the melodies can be different each time. This gives the lyrics a character and makes them more memorable.

The chorus usually conveys the main idea of the song with a melodic and musical hook. It is a key element of the song and should be catchy enough that people remember it and sing it with you.

A bridge usually occurs only once towards the end of the song, and it should jolt the listener by changing the pace or chords or by providing a new angle on the song idea. It’s a chance to be creative, and it can really help the song stand out from other similar songs.