If you’re stuck looking for a beautiful name for your song, start here. This Song Name Generator tool will give you countless ideas of diverse song name mixes by mood and genre of your choice.
This tool is the best place where you can get creative song titles, as it is designed to ensure cool, memorable and meaningful titles for tracks every time.
Naming a song is as important as writing it and looking for a perfect name for your track is worth it. The song’s name is often the first impression it makes on your audience as an artist or music creator, it can attract the attention of others in the first time and push them to press the play button to listen. But, There are times when a catchy good title doesn’t jump at you straight from the song’s hook. Choosing the perfect track title for your masterpiece isn’t always the easiest thing to do, it can be a tough process that needs a lot of Brainstorming and search. As such, the name deserves your best effort.
Most people usually use a word/phrase from somewhere in the song lyrics as the title. But using a phrase/word that fits the song’s theme and is not in the song lyrics can make a pretty creative name. Also, not all songs have lyrics to choose from but they still need titles.
We are here to help you, with this song names generator tool you can find those creative song titles that you need easily and quickly.
*If you prefer numbers, or animals in song title or just search for used songs name you can use song title search tool, it helps you to find song names with colors, numbers, food, animals, days or any specific word you want.
Using Song Name Generator tool is very simple, generate many good song names in seconds. It will give you 10 random music names for every click for one of 10+ genres and moods of your choice which contain almost all kinds of songs. Use it for inspiration or pick a name directly from suggestions list after clicking GENERATE button.
How to use this online Random Song Name Generator?
Quickly conjure up a track name using our automated keyword picker. Song title generator is designed to be easy to use, just select the mood that represents the emotional effect of the music from mood list (drop-down list) and/or choose the genre of the song you’re looking for-, then click the Generate button. It will give you randomly 10 song titles to choose from. Need more names click on the “Next Names” button to get another 20 titles and so on. You can change the genre or mood any time using the options at the top of the page.
If you don’t choose mood or genre, the title generator will create random names from all available genres and moods. This generator has two extra helpful features:
1- Song titles search feature
After you generate titles and choose your favourite one, you often want to know how unique is that song title. That is why we added a “search Spotify” feature that help you to search for that song name instantly on Spotify.
If you want to search what are the songs titles similar to your choice, you can simply press on SEARCH SPOTIFY button under every name and you will see if the name is unique or any songs similar to it on Spotify.
2- Store Your favourite song titles
By click star icon, that exists under every title, you can make a list of your favorite names. So you can generate as more you want without worrying to forget favourite ones. To see your favorite collection, hit “saved ideas” button.
Who can use Song title generator?
Sometimes a name can be the only thing standing between you and a new release! This song title make is very helpful for artists, bands, composers and music creators. Especially artists who compose a lot of songs or music tracks and don’t have much time to think about the names.
It will also help creators who make Royalty Free music or creative commons music
How this Song Name Generator works?
At the click of a button, this song titles generator will randomly combine carefully selected groups of words from a large database that include all forms of music and illustrates the artwork in music to create quickly thousands of new, unused track titles or album names – Whatever your music genre.
please note that due to the randomness of this song title creator, some titles may seem silly or have faulty grammar but don’t let that stop you. There’s plenty to pick from. You are sure to find some inspiration.
Generated names will stimulate your imagination so you can also add your own word to the mix for the song title creator to work its magic on. or simply to get new list of random music titles just click the “more names” button again and again until you get the perfect name for your masterpiece.
The names in this generator are loosely based on words that are usually used in songs and music fields.
Below, you’ll find a song names list of 10 high-quality and great song names ideas generated using this Song title name generator.
song names list
- Tasty Smile
- Strange Moves
- Whispers Of Echo
- Broken Rocks
- I Care About Money
- Invisible Images
- Alive Heart
- Warm Smiles
- Light-Hearted Jokes
- Acoustic Flavor
- Feelings of Heroes
- Unhappy Home
We decided to pick the genres seen below as they’re the most popular genres. Even if your music is metal song or rap song or whatever, many names could fit different classifications at any genre.
The Genres are as follows:
- Hip Hop/Rap
The moods are as follows:
Can I use this generator as album name generator ?
As the most common way to name an album is to use a song name from it that capture the overarching theme, you can use the generated names with this tool as album names.
If you want real songs names to get ideas from for your music you can use Random songs Generator that gives you a random list of real songs every time you hit generate button.
We hope this track name generator will give you good names for your music. Feel free to contact us if you have suggestions and ideas.
by Robin Frederick
Whether you want to write a song to pitch to music publishers, TV shows and commercials, or record them yourself as an artist, here’s a songwriting method that will help you get your message across and make sure your listeners stay involved from beginning to end. Of course, this is just one approach to songwriting but it’s used by many songwriting pros and it works.
Create the raw material for your lyric
1. Start with the title. Starting with a title will help you stay focused on a single idea in your song. Create a phrase of one to six words that sums up the heart of what you want to say. Or look for an interesting phrase that suggests a situation or emotion to you. Try using an image in your title to give it more interest or an action word to give it energy. For more tips on writing song titles read Write a Memorable Title or watch this video.
2. Make a list of questions suggested by the title. Start by asking yourself what you want to say about your title and what you think your listeners might want to know. Make list of questions. Your list might include: What does the title mean? How do you feel about it? What happened to cause this? What do you think or hope will happen next? You’ll need three to four questions. Check out this video for more information.
3. Choose a song structure. Many of today’s biggest hits rely on a song structure like this: Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus / Bridge / Chorus. Some add a short section called a “pre-chorus” or “lift” between the verse and chorus to build anticipation. The verse, pre-chorus, and chorus each have an identifiable melody, one that the listener can recognize when it comes around. Here’s a tip that will tell you more about song structure. Or watch this video to learn the basics.
4. Choose one question to answer in the chorus and one for each verse. We’ll focus on the chorus first since it’s the most important part of your song. Select the question you want to answer in your chorus. Write down a short phrase that expresses your answer. Look for images and action words to bring your answers to life. What is the singer feeling, thinking, or saying? What emotion is the singer feeling and how would you describe it? Is it warm or cold? Dark or light? Read more about adding emotion to your lyrics here.
Go to work on your melody & chords
5. Find the melody in your lyric. Choose one or two of the phrases you came up with in Step 4. Say them out loud. Now say them again with LOTS of emotion. Exaggerate the emotion in the lines. Notice the natural rhythm and melody of your speech when you say the lines with lots of feeling. This is the beginning of your chorus melody. Play with it until it feels comfortable. Here’s more on using your lyric to create a melody.
6. Begin to add chords to your chorus melody. Try a simple, repeated chord pattern. You’ll find a several chord progressions you can use here. (Scroll down to the section on Chord Progressions.) Play with the melody and chords until you find something you like. Record yourself singing and playing (or just singing) – even if it’s only on your smartphone. Be sure you get it down so you don’t forget it.
Develop your song in sections
7. Work on the lyric in your first verse. Focus on the question you chose in Step 4. Make your first line something that will get listeners interested: an intriguing statement, a question, or a description of the situation. In your second line, consider restating the first line in a different way or adding more information. Don’t move on too quickly; your listeners need time to understand what’s happening in the song. In Verse 1, be sure to give listeners enough information so they can understand the chorus when you get there. Go through Steps 5 and 6 with your verse melody and chords.
8. Connect your verse and chorus. After you have a verse and chorus, create a transition between them so that they flow naturally. You may need to raise or lower your verse melody or change the last line to get to your chorus smoothly. TIP: Chorus melodies are usually in a higher note range than verses because they’re more emotional, and when we get emotional our voices tend to rise.
9. Build your second verse and bridge. Choose another of your questions to answer in your second verse. Use Step 7 to work through the lyric. Your second chorus will have the same melody and lyric as your first chorus, so you are now almost finished with your song. You just need to add a bridge.
The bridge section adds a peak emotional moment to your song, a realization, or an “aha!” moment. Try two or three lyric lines that give the listener the best insight you can into the situation or emotion the singer is feeling. The melody should be different from both verse and chorus. Try using a chord you haven’t used before or changing the phrase lengths or motion of the melody. A bridge isn’t a requirement but it can add a lot of strength to your song.
Record a rough idea of your song
10. Record your song. A simple piano/vocal or guitar/vocal can often be the most effective emotional statement of your song. If you wrote a Rock song, do an “unplugged” version. You don’t need lots of strings or drums – in fact, these can detract. Practice both the instrumental and vocal parts until you are comfortable with them. The less you have to focus on when playing or singing, the more you can let go and feel the emotion in the song. Try singing it as if you are speaking it to someone. Record for short periods then take a break. Keep the song and the emotion fresh! Here’s a tip that will give you more ideas on how to record a rough demo.
Now that you know how to write a song in ten steps, here are some great Song Starters – titles, themes, chord progressions, and more – to get you going.
This one’s for all my singers in the SongFancy sphere who have been quietly reading along, wondering how the heck to get started writing their own songs.
Perhaps you love singing cover songs on YouTube, but now you want to branch out with your own music. Or maybe you’ve been keeping a “diary” of poems that you thing would make great songs, but don’t know how to add music to them. Maybe you don’t know where to start!
Hi, love. Welcome to the family! Time to get loud with your own songwriting. I’m so excited to hear what you come up with. Are you ready to dive in? Let’s go!
How to write songs: Singer edition!
First things first: Start keeping a journal
Taylor Swift did then when she first started writing with Liz Rose way back in the day. Keeping a journal is a great place to start gathering up your thoughts, which then become the raw material for new songs.
A journal is a great place to process the events of your day. What happened? How did it make you feel? Because what happens in your life has happened in someone else’s life. Use your journal to collect your life’s stories that you can later turn into songs.
Start a hook book
A hook book is a great way to start turning ideas into titles. What’s a hook book? First, let’s define what a hook is: A hook is the “punchline” of a song, if you will. It’s that one line that wraps everything up in a nice little bow. It usually appears at the end or beginning of a chorus. Most of the time, it’s also the song’s title. A good example is “The Middle” – the song’s title is The Middle. We also hear the hook “why don’t you just meet me in the middle” at the top of the chorus and again at the end of the chorus. The song’s overall concept is about meeting someone halfway in a relationship to make it work. That’s why The Middle makes for such a great hook!
So a hook book is a collection of hooks. Think of it like a list of titles, that are conceptually strong. Brainstorm hooks based on the pages of your journal. If you see that you’ve told a story about something in your day that can be wrapped in with a single phrase, that’s a hook. Make note of them in your hook book.
A hook book can be a separate notebook, a list app on your phone, or just the back half of your daily journal.
Learn the basics of song craft
This step is important, and you should know that it will take the longest. Luckily though, it’s the most fun.
Order books on songwriting. Pat Pattison is one of the best songwriting teachers out there. I highly recommend checking out Writing Better Lyrics. You can also grab some of my favorite books from this post.
Keep reading posts from SongFancy, too. Here are some great posts to check out as you learn the basic craft of songwriting:
Pay attention to the music you love
Start paying close attention to the songs that you love. I mean really dissect them. What sections are in it? How many times does the chorus repeat? What’s the rhyme scheme? How long is each part? How does it feel moving from one verse to the next? What is it about?
As you pay attention to the music you love, you’ll learn SO much. Take all that good research and apply it to your own songs.
Be honest, but learn how to tell stories
As a songwriter, you’re most likely going to be compelled to write songs about your own life experiences, and also write completely fictional stories. These may seem like completely different artistic statements, but girl: Both are necessary.
Learn how to write both of these songs with grace and skill. Learn how to express yourself authentically and get vulnerable. Learn also how to tell a good damn story.
Above all else, I encourage you to always write. Don’t ever let anyone’s criticism or judgement keep you from writing what you want to write.
Make it a habit and set goals
Want to write crazy amounts of songs? Make writing something a daily habit. Something means a song, a verse, an idea, a collection of hooks, even a page of freewriting in your journal. Just write something every single day.
Pat Pattison encourages writers to write for 10 minutes first thing in the morning; If you want to really kick your songwriting into overdrive, take up his unique exercise of daily object writing:
- Wake up. First thing, grab your notebook from your nightstand.
- Set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes.
- Spend 10 minutes free writing on a single word. Write from all 7 senses: Sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, body (pulse, pains, breathing), and kinesthetic (dizzyness, warmth, motion). Write down everything that comes to mind, even if it makes little sense.
- When the timer sounds, put the pencil down.
Set a goal for your songwriting so that you always know where you are along the way. It’s hard to stay encouraged with ourselves in any creative endeavor unless we set goals that we can see ourselves crushing. I have a goal setting strategy you can follow (and a free download) in this post.
Most importantly: keep it fun
Songwriting should be enjoyable, or at the minimum, necessary! Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s difficult. You may find that writing honestly becomes cathartic. It takes a lot of energy to write songs. And if you share them, you’ll be met with criticism (because EVERYONE and their mother has an opinion on what you should be writing. Eye roll.)
Do whatever you need to keep songwriting enjoyable for you.
Join a speed-songwriting challenge
If you’ve never written a song before, I want to invite you to come participate in my 5 in 5 Song Challenge. We write 5 songs in 5 days to songwriting prompts. It’s a heckuva a lot of fun, and you’re bound to fall in love with songwriting!
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Sometimes it feels like ideas for songs just flow with little to no effort. But many times it seems like no matter what you do, you can’t come up with an idea for a song. Luckily, there are things you can do to avoid the dreaded writer’s block. You can try some exercises to get your creative juices flowing, dig into your own life and experiences for ideas, or look to other musicians and artists to inspire yourself to come up with ideas for your songwriting.
Tip: Try making a cut-up with audio, as well. Take different samples from your own music or from existing music and play them next to each other to see if you come up with something that you can use.
Song-writing is a passion for some and a job for others. There are, of course, different approaches to writing songs, however. Here are some great tips that you should always consider while writing songs.
1. Be inspired!
The right mentality helps to stimulate ideas. Whether you are inspired by a candle-lit room or a warm sunny day, discover what inspires you. Creativity can be generated by anything: a coffee break, a film, a conversation, a look from someone on a morning walk, etc.
2. Don’t get distracted!
Even though it is very difficult with today’s online distractions such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Keep your priorities in order. Set your phone to airplane mode so that you can be completely in the zone.
3. Keep it simple!
A simple beat on the table and a little inspiration can always be the basis for a song. Why wouldn’t you record that? Some songs are even made for example with the sound of a printer. So don’t limit yourself!
4. The first idea is often the best!
Consider all ideas, but especially the first. And always record it, on your smartphone or some other recording device. Of course, it would be great to record in the highest quality, but the best ideas are not always born in the most perfect conditions.
There are countless ways to create new sounds and/or loops by using plugins and a DAW. And with current MIDI technology, it is so easy to change instruments and sounds, even in the middle of a track. The tempo is also very important. For example, what does it sound like when it is played faster or slower? Also, try to play the song in different moods. It is amazing how certain songs can change dramatically.
6. Put something else in your hands!
If you are stuck, try to grab an instrument that you rarely use, such as a mandolin, a banjo or a harmonica. In this way, you bring yourself back to the essential elements of a song, namely the melody or the chord progressions. By using a bass, you get to the melody lines more easily, because you eliminate the harmonies. When you grab your favorite instrument, you often jump directly to your familiar chords and progressions. It is always refreshing to break these habits.
7. Practicing practice practice!
When writing songs, it is always inspiring to try out what you have learned. Practice makes perfect, and the same also applies to the song-writing process.
Nobody asks you to reinvent the wheel, but they still try to develop your own composition. More often time is invested in getting the right sounds than in writing a good text. This is very time-consuming and ultimately not very practical. With a good structure and the right essence, a song often does not need gimmicks.
9. Leave it alone!
Initiate an idea, let it rest for a while and work on something new. Not every idea will be the pinnacle of genius. It is worth noting that out of the dozens of songs that are produced for an album, only 10 or 12 are selected. Often, several incomplete song ideas are combined to form a composition, and sometimes they are reorganized or exchanged to make something truly unique.
10. Music is fun!
If your song-writing day has not been really productive, remember that all creative activities have their ups and downs. Creativity is like a muscle that can be trained. Analyzing songs can be very helpful, not just the harmonic or rhythmic structures, but especially their emotional effect. What touches you on a certain chorus? Is it the words or the way they are sung? It may be that it is a certain sound that supports the entire composition.
Songwriting tips. Learn how to write a song.
How can one write better lyrics? Here are a few lyric writing tips and suggestions.
1. Is there a particular incident that you think may have some song value? Write a song about it. If it’s something you personally experienced, then that’s even better.
2. Practice writing lyrics that have nothing to do with anything you’ve actually experienced. This could really add more variety to your songs. Was it something experienced by someone you know? Write about it.
3. Take a very good concept and write several songs about it. Each song should give a different twist or perspective to the concept. This may very soon add up to a complete concept album.
4. Perhaps you’ve written a song with a great melody but you just don’t like the lyrics. You should probably just keep the melody and completely rewrite the lyrics, based on a new topic.
5. Write lyrics about something you have read about in a newspaper or magazine. Or perhaps something you saw on tv. How about your favorite movies? Do they have interesting ideas for writing lyrics?
Lyric Writing Tips:
6. There are certain themes which are known to have made many great hits. The songs say basically the same thing but in different words. You can try this. Just be original about it and treat the particular theme in a unique way.
For example, let’s take a look at John Denver’s “I’m Leaving on a Jetplane” and Wyclef Jean’s “Gone till November”. These two songs were big hits in different eras but are basically saying the same thing … Baby, there’s no need to cry because I’ll be back.
7. How about cliches? Just turn on your radio and you will hear the same cliches being repeated over and over. If you use these same cliches you won’t see much success.
How about giving these cliches a unique twist? For instance, take a look at the popular phrase “break my heart”. How can you give this cliche a unique twist? Dianne Warren did it with “Unbreak My Heart”, the song made popular by Toni Braxton.
8. Songwriting is not about telling, but showing. You should attempt to make your lyrics come across in such a way that the listener sees vivid images. It’s almost like writing a short story. Paul Simon is one example of a songwriter who uses interesting characters in his songs.
Rewrite Your Lyrics
When can a songwriter rightfully say that the lyric writing process is over? Answer: When the lyric has been rewritten a few times, or preferably a number of times.
Very often, songwriters fall into the trap of believing that they can finish writing lyrics in one seating. They sit with pen and paper for a few minutes or even an hour and consider their work finished.
While this may work in rare circumstances, the truth of the matter is that most times it doesn’t work that way. Those who succeed at writing lyrics are usually writers who make it their duty to go over their lyrics, make certain lines more relevant and more appealing, replace certain phrases, tighten up their rhymes, and so on.
Quite often, a line which you wrote the first time around is inadequate or it may simply be a cliche. These problems are easily solved if you place great emphasis not just on writing lyrics but rewriting them.
Would the first take of every scene ever be used to make a movie? When there’s a photo shoot for a big artist’s CD, would the photographer take one photo and consider his work complete? Wouldn’t he keep taking photos? The same thing must apply to your lyrics and the entire songwriting process.
I’m a firm believer of the view that the more you rewrite the lyrics of your song, the better they get. Sometimes, your lyrics end up treading a different path altogether, but it’s usually for the better. You just keep building your song each time you rewrite those lyrics.
One thing that can really enhance your lyric writing is brainstorming. This is one preliminary step that we sometimes neglect when we write lyrics. As songwriters we should try to dig dip to come up with ideas. Sometimes we simply underestimate our imaginative capabilities.
A good rhyming dictionary is a very useful lyric writing tool. It will help you get out of a lot of jams. Just reading through the entries can really inspire you. There’s no need to beat your head against the wall in search of rhymes. You can use a good rhyming dictionary to help you write lyrics?
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The most surefire way to keep making progress with your songwriting craft is to practice, practice, practice. The great part is that it doesn’t take much – even devoting just 10 minutes a day to songwriting will help you improve. Not sure what exactly to spend those 10 minutes on? Try experimenting with these ideas, and watch yourself become a more creative songwriter in no time!
1. Object writing
Pick any object, and engage your senses by writing down every detail you can about it. Go beyond just what it looks like; investigate how it sounds, feels, smells, and even tastes. This simple exercise will train you to notice and articulate details that the average person wouldn’t normally observe – a must for taking your lyrics from good to great.
2. Stream of consciousness
Try writing whatever is on your mind in the most basic way – unedited, free-flowing thoughts without direction. Pick a topic as a jumping-off point, and just keep writing until your 10 minutes run out. Allow your ideas to jump from place to place, and when you’re finished, read it over. You may have touched on a creative thought you want to explore further.
3. Record a melodic idea
Whether it’s singing, programming, or playing, make sure you save it! When you’re just letting the music come to you instead of spending a lot of time forcing something that may not come, you’ll probably find something you like. Practicing improvisation is also a great way to put in the technical time with your voice or instrument.
4. Word by association
This is a great way to spur creativity and make progress on songs with a theme. Take your title, theme, or evocative phrase, and just take time writing down everything that comes to mind when you think of what you see on the page. It could be single words, or it could come out in short phrases. Something special might pop into your head that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise!
5. Learn a new song
People are most likely to create what they “study” the most. As a songwriter, you gather inspiration from your favorite musicians and lyricists. Take 10 minutes a day to gradually learn a song you love. Your ultimate goal could be to recreate it with your production skills, record a cover, or just learn to play or sing it for fun.
6. Write in a journal
This doesn’t have to be directly about your music. Try keeping a journal that reflects your daily life to improve your skills with writing, organizing your thoughts, analyzing your emotions, and keeping track of important things that could be inspirational.
7. Visit a new place or take a different route
Instead of always going to the same places, put something new in your daily or weekly route. Try a new coffee shop, take a different road, or visit a popular landmark in your town or city. Bonus points for making a note of it in your journal later on!
8. Read something new
If you enjoy fiction, pick up a biography. If you have a subscription to the New York Times, try reading some Pitchfork articles instead. Go for something you wouldn’t normally try, but have at least a mild interest in. That way, you won’t immediately put it down, but you’ll still get some refreshing new material, exposing you to different writers and styles.
9. Write in a different narrative
Attempt to write a passage in various narratives like first, second, and third person. It doesn’t matter whether you’re writing about a personal experience or something fictional – practice different approaches to telling the story. For instance, you could spend the first five minutes writing as if you’re directly in the situation, and the following five minutes writing as if you’re an observer on the outside of the same situation.
The most important component to improving your songwriting skills is exercising your imagination. Your creativity comes from a combination of what you experience, how you perceive those experiences, and how you put that perception back out into the world. So be imaginative, and allow yourself 10 minutes to daydream.
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Erin Brick is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and an intern for songwriting collaboration website SongwriterLink.
THOSE WHO DO: Look forward to opening up a new project because they have the knowledge and skillset to effortlessly create new ideas.
THOSE WHO DON’T: Avoid starting new tracks because they struggle to create ideas. They spend hours on YouTube and tutorial sites, avoiding actually writing music.
THOSE WHO DO: Confident and comfortable in collaboration sessions with artists and vocalists.
THOSE WHO DON’T: Worry about coming up with ideas and looking like a fraud during collaboration sessions.
THOSE WHO DO: Know there are no shortcuts in making a career in music. They invest the time and energy necessary to develop and perfect their craft.
THOSE WHO DON’T: Look for the easy way out at every opportunity. They only pour their energy into short wins, rather than long term sustainability. These producers don’t care about a career in music.
THOSE WHO DO: Have both the songwriting and the production knowledge necessary to create a full, professional track. Finishing projects isn’t just a game of chance to them.
THOSE WHO DON’T: May have a lot of technical knowledge but barely any songwriting knowledge. They feel as if they don’t have the music to show for how “good” they are at production.
THOSE WHO DO: Have the confidence to call themselves a musician. They have the theory and production knowledge necessary to create a full & exciting song.
THOSE WHO DON’T: Struggle to call themselves musicians. They have critical gaps in their musical knowledge that is holding back their ability to write and produce great music.
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If you don’t know how to write song lyrics, it can be overwhelming to imagine where to start. I often hear from my online students how relieving it is to bring structure and tools into the mix as we delve into lyric writing. Within the first four weeks, most students have much greater clarity about what makes a good lyric, and how to craft one.
I’ll outline a few ideas here to get us started, and suggest the online courses Lyric Writing: Writing from the Title, Commercial Songwriting Techniques, and Lyric Writing: Tools and Strategies for further study. Here are five tips for writing song lyrics:
1. Start with what you want to say.
The first tip when learning how to write lyrics for a song is get familiar with journaling and using your senses. Taste, touch, sight, sound, smell, and movement are descriptors that help bring your listener into an experience of a small moment. A small moment is a snapshot of life, a scene where your song is set within.
We hear these small moments all over in songwriting—the singer’s bedroom at 2 AM, driving down Santa Monica Boulevard, or hot-wiring a stolen car. It’s these moments that place the listener in the heat of the moment. Try choosing a small moment and writing about it using your senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, smell, and movement. Don’t try to rhyme, and don’t write with a particular rhythmic pattern. Just write.
2. Read lyrics from other artists (don’t listen to the songs!).
Notice how much repetition, simple language, and how clean and clear is the main message in the chorus. What message do you want your listener to walk away from the song knowing? This is your chorus. What small moment shows a great example of that main message? This is your first verse.
3. Notice the conversational quality.
The third tip for writing song lyrics is write like you speak. We speak English, we write English, we tell stories from our lives, and have meaningful conversations with friends. But for some reason as soon as we start lyric writing, we believe those skills are not enough. We get obscenely abstract and poetic; we contort the language to get our rhymes to fall at the ends of the lines even when the content no longer makes sense. We forget what we’re really trying to say in the first place, trying to give the song a breadth and meaning that DaVinci himself couldn’t capture in the expression on Mona Lisa. Why? Because we almost failed high school English class? Perhaps. But keep in mind that the most important quality of a great lyric is authenticity. Write like you would if you were relaying the story to a small group of people who care about you and what you have to say.
4. Lengthy lyrics compound problems.
Try writing a simple verse (such as four or six lines) moving into a chorus with lots of repetition. Or, try starting a song with the chorus. Simplicity is hard to master, but worth pursuing. The longer a lyric becomes, the greater the potential for confusion.
5. Collaborate as frequently as possible with good lyricists.
Soak up some of that good lyric writing energy, and you’ll soon realize that you have good ideas too. You’ll also soon realize how closely linked lyric rhythm is to melodic rhythm, opening up a whole new area for your melodies and lyrics alike.