Here’s one rapid framework for writing commercial lyrics:
- Meaningful lyrics that you appreciate the more times you listen to them
- Children’s lyrics that you get the first time you hear them
You can mix and match them within the same song, but if you do, you’ll probably want to do it this way:
- Verses = meaningful
- Choruses = children’s
If you’ve ever read children’s books or sang nursery rhymes, you’ll notice one or more of a few key techniques:
- Simple rhyme
- Simple melody
- Simple language
- Nonsense words
In songwriting terms, these would be called hooks.
Now apply this concept to your songs and choruses.
Here’s an example;
Kylie’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head“; what’s the part you remember the most?
The “la la la, la la la la la” bit, right?
Let’s run it through the above:
- Repetition = check!
- Simple rhyme = check!
- Simple melody = check!
- Simple language = check!
- Nonsense words = check!
If you want your song to be as commercially viable as possible, head for the children’s lyrics corner for your choruses and add nonsense vocal hooks.
In a nutshell; keep it simple.
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