Published on January 5th, 2013 | by Tom11
The world doesn’t need more hit pop songs
After a few months away from blogging (I’ve been moving to a new job, trying to buy a house, and various other exciting things including recording a third solo album) I’m finally both inspired and able to write something new.
2013 is going to start with me expressing an opinion – Hit songs Deconstructed is a pointless waste of webspace.
Not because the song analysis on the site is inaccurate; not because they say anything that isn’t true; not because they give bad advice. I dislike the site because it’s geared towards writing top 40 pop songs.
And is there anything more worthless in music than top 40 pop songs?
Mark Night from Hit Songs Deconstructed, over on Music Think Tank, spoke about the most common technical similarities between ‘hit’ songs:
A short, effective intro that instantly hooks the listener into the song, a first chorus that hits early, infectious and simplistic melodies, fluctuations in MTI levels (momentum, tension, intensity), frequent sectional turn-over, universal yet clever lyrics, and the A-B-A-B-C-B form (verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus) to name just a few.
He’s right of course, these are common technical elements, and you should be aware of them.
But only so you don’t make too frequent use of them.
With the exception of his comment about pacing and momentum, I’d advise avoiding the ideas in that quote.
You won’t write a hit, because as I say, Hit Songs Deconstructed do their job very well.
I just think the world would be a better place with fewer top 40 hits.