If you are just starting out in your music career, you might be wondering what it would take to write a hit song. You probably have in mind a few of your own favorite hits. These songs often remain popular for many years to come. What is that special something that makes certain songs explode in popularity?
As someone who has always centered his life around his faith, Brian Overton expresses his faith through music. He is a Co-Worship Leader and founding member of the worship music project, His Word. Today he shares a few thoughts about writing hit songs.
Some artists spend their entire careers trying to write hit songs, only to never make it there. It is really difficult to predict whether or not a song will become popular. Sometimes it might not even have much to do with how good the song is in the first place. To get a hit song off the ground, it also needs:
- The right marketing and promotional team behind the song
- To be recorded by the right artist for the song
- The right people to hear it
- Good timing
Unless the stars align in just the right way, the song may never make it into the top 100 list, even if it is an amazing song. Think about it – if people knew the exact formula for a hit single, everyone would be making one.
There are a few things that all hit single have in common, though:
- They speak about universal themes such as love, hope, friendship, etc.
- They have catchy, timeless lyrics that people can easily learn and will remember forever
- Many hit songs are often composed of the same four chords
It is hard to nail down exactly what that secret thing is. Plus, not everyone needs to write a hit song. You can still be a successful musical artist even if you don’t cater to the masses.