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The 6 Song Structures in Popular Music

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I was surfing YouTube the other day and ran across a seminar by Ralph Murphy,

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a legendary songwriter. One of the most useful takeaways I got was his list of 6

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most popular song forms (or song structures) when songwriting.

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Ive changed up the order a bit based on personal preference but they are all

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6 types of song
structure

there.
1. Song Form 1 = verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus end

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This is the most common song structure.


The bridge should express the what if? or the opportunity of the songs story

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2. Song Form 2 = verse chorus verse chorus music chorus end


common in rock, dance and country but lacks a bridge or middle 8
3. Song Form 3 = verse lift/pre-chorus chorus bridge lift/pre-chorus or chorus
this is the song structure that has the most #1 hits
the pre-chorus should be 2-6 lines that precede the title line

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the pre-chorus expresses the and, if, but, maybe of the song

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bridge should be just about 2 lines but not much more

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4. Song Form 4 = (a) beginning (b) now (c) what if? (d) down the road
no chorus
1st or last line or each section is the title line many times
sense of passage of time is usually essential with this song structure
5. Song Form 5 = chorus verse chorus music bridge chorus end
this song structure is called a rondo or at least is similar to a rondo
great for dance record songs
lots of Western Swing songs are written in this song form

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6. Song Form 6 = preamble followed by song in various structures


the preamble sets up the premise for the song or introduces the song
think Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer

Its a long video and some people dont seem to be buying his view. But its worth a watch.

Ralph Murphy Lecture - How to be Successful at Songwriting

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