Great Choruses

CBC Radio 2 Mornings has been running a feature called “sing along”.

What they really mean, is that these are songs with great choruses.  They schedule this for around 8:18am weekdays (EST).

Checking their online logs to remind myself what songs were featured, I see:

Feb 2 – Our House (Madness)
Chorus:
Our house, in the middle of the street.
Repeat.

Feb 3 – Mysterious Ways (U2)
Chorus:
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
She move in mysterious ways.
Repeat

Feb 4 – Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane)
Chorus:
Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
Repeat

Feb 5 – Another One Bites the Dust (Queen)
Chorus:
Another one bites the dust
Repeat (more or less)

Feb 6 – Born to Run (Springsteen)
Chorus:
Tramps like us
Baby we were born to run.

Feb 12 – Yellow Submarine (Beatles)
Chorus:
We all live in a yellow submarine, yellow submarine, yellow submarine.
Repeat.

Do we see a pattern here?

Clearly.

A great chorus is SIMPLE.  And it tends to repeat.

So that listeners can sing along.

Page 102 of Pat Pattison’s Writing Better Lyrics (2nd ed) http://www.patpattison.com/books/ mentions one other powerful aspect of chorus-writing.

Neutralizing Tenses.

He gives 3 methods.  #3 is “Omit verbs altogether” (from the chorus).

Wow.  So, that’s how to move from box 1 to box 2 to box 3…

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