Top 5 Tips For Writing A Huge Hit Song

By on April 19, 2013

If you have ever thought of writing a hit song and then retiring to beach on an island close to the equator to live off the royalties, this is the guide for you. Here are the top 5 tips for writing a money-spinning song.





1. Write a Christmas song


Some of the most recognized and richest songs in the world are Christmas songs. They are only played publicly for 6 or 7 weeks a year, but during those weeks they are played incessantly. Of the top 10 richest songs in the world, 3 are Christmas songs.


2. Get it covered…lots of times


One common theme that runs through lists of the most recognized or richest songs in the world is the amount of versions there are. There is usually one version that everyone knows, but in total there could be tens or even hundreds of different versions by different artists. Take Unchained Melody as an example, a huge hit and a song that is in the top 5 richest. Everybody is familiar with the version by The Righteous Brothers. But it has been covered around 500 times, including by The Supremes, Elvis, U2 and R Kelly.


3. Write for a female audience


Women make songs big hits so songs favored by women dominate lists of the top songs in the world.


4. Get it in a movie


Getting a song featured in a movie, particularly if it is played over the final credits, is a huge money spinner. The fees paid in this scenario are huge, but it also introduces the song to a wider audience and, often, a new generation. An example is Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman. It was released in 1964 but received a huge boost in 1990 with the release of the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere movie of the same name.


5. Write about sadness


Christmas is a popular theme for a hit song, but sadness is another. Every Breath You Take by The Police and Yesterday by the Beatles are both in the top 10 richest songs of all time. Neither could be described as happy.

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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