Skip to comments.The Five Secret Ingredients for the Perfect Pop Song
Posted on 10/13/2011 7:33:56 AM PDT by decimon
When it comes to truly universal pop songwriting, there are elements which separate the golden pop nuggets from the disposable, future residents of the discount bin. While the pop consciousness is always shifting and evolving, specific elements have remained important staples through the decades. These qualities stand out and create the memorable from amongst otherwise ephemeral pop wonders.
While theres no formula to crafting a perfect pop hook, the presence of these elements can make or break a songs impact.
Editors recommendation: Start playing each youtube video as you begin reading Jonathans description of why the song is a success.
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I’m not a “banjo boy” but I absolutely love this! Thanks for the post.
(Sorry. That's the best I could do as I stopped listening to music after 1979)
Just kidding. When I see rock stars giving political advice I wonder why anyone cares for the opinions of "banjo boys" any more than cab drivers.
What was that crap at the end? Hide and Seek? Garbage.
The Fleetwood Mac song is a great one.
I would trust the opinions of a cab driver.
Thanks for posting. As a songwriter, I’m always looking for perspectives on the subject......and speaking of banjo boys, here’s one for you from one of my favorites.
As originally written by a US Navy sailor returning home: Louie, Louie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxedxkx88t0&feature=related
Ha! For country songs, yes. For pop songs, maybe not so much.
PS. You forgot “cheatin’ woman/lyin’ man”
1957 version of Bye-bye Love was far better.
Should have used Freebird instead of Chain.
Right up your alley.
Much recorded song.. everyone has a version.
That’s the original afaik. Louie likely means “Lieutenant”. Seems like a riff on Jamaican music of the time, specifically early Ska.
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