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) http://www.patpattison.com/books/ mentions one other powerful aspect of chorus-writing.
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…