Songs about relationships rule the charts.
I love you. Now we’re done. Now I lost you. Im so lonely. I cheated on my girlfriend. She cheated on me. We get back together. We break up again. Im never giving this up.
People LOVE drama. They’re addicted to it. Whether it’s the fun happy times or the endless aching, people need to feel something. If you want to level up your songwriting, then you need to understand why people listen and respond to certain songs.
We’re all natural voyeurs. Curious of everything that is going in our lives and other people’s lives. It’s just human nature.
Being a songwriter, we need to write about the moments that offer change and insight.
A song can remind our audience of a specific memory. A feeling. Whether it’s love, anger, jealousy or joy.
The audience can then relive these moments freely and comfortably, within the context of of the songs we write.
Having a solid theme allows them to know that they’re not alone in what they’re feeling. And it makes them want to listen the songs over and over again
These are the most effective themes when it comes to writing hit songs.
Hey, Let’s HangOut
“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I.
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk
“Cruise” – Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly
This is Something Special
“Mirrors” –Justin Timberlake
“Treasure” – Bruno Mars
“The Way” – Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller
“Clarity” – Zedd
“Power Trip” J Cole ft. Miguel
“This Bitter Pill” – Dashboard Confessional
This Is Over
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“We Are Never Getting Back Together ” – Taylor Swift
“I Need Your Love” – Ellie Goulding
Our Love Can Endure All
“Just Give Me A Reason” – Pink
“Stay” – Rihanna
“Danny’s Song” – Kenny Loggins
God Is Great
“Wonderful” – The Soul Stirrers ft. Sam Cooke
“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” – Alison Krauss
“Remember Me, Oh Lord” – The Caravans
“The Message” – Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
“Imagine” – John Lennon
“What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
Me Against The World
“Lose YourSelf” – Eminem
“Power” – Kanye West
“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Me Against Myself
“Born Sinner” – JCole
“Jesus Walks” – Kanye West
Friends & Family
“Who I Am” – Jessie Andrews
“Family Business” – Kanye West
“No New Friends” – DJ Khaled