1) Write a better first line. Interesting first lines grab the listener and make them want to hear more. They can be the difference in an artist or A&R person listening all the way through or passing on your song right away.
2) Make your chorus bigger. A chorus that leaps out of the speakers is going to have a better shot than one that limps out of the speakers every time. People want choruses that get a crowd going.
3) Take out red flags. If your song includes something that might offend people, you have to count the cost. Is it worth losing a cut to have your political views in your song? If not, then take out red flags that might be offensive.
4) Take out cliche’s and say things in a fresh way. A lyric that sounds worn out and old is not going to have a very good chance. Make your lyric fresh and exciting. Shoot for people hearing your lyric and saying “Why didn’t I think of that?”
5) Make your melody unforgettable. A melody that gets stuck in your head all day is worth a million dollars. There is no substitute. Make your melody undeniable.
6) Use repetition. When you have the opportunity, repeat in a catchy way. My song “Fire It Up” has a chorus that says “And let your heart say fire it up, and let your soul say fire it up, and let your mind say fire it up, and let love live again”. The first time you play that song live, people can sing along with the 2nd chorus. It’s so simple and repetitive that it draws people in to sing along.
Write on! ~MD
Marty Dodson is a multi #1 songwriter and co-founder of SongTown USA
Fire It Up – Example of repetition
I’m Good – Example of catchy melody and interesting opening line