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)
Our house, in the middle of the street.

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

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

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

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

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

Do we see a pattern here?


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) 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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