Five tips for writing a Hottest 100 number one song

Friday, 30 January, 2009

Writing a Triple J Hottest 100 number one song: while your mileage may vary with some tips, making the title more memorable by including it in the chorus is definitely a recipe for success; since 1989 13 songs that do so have reached the top spot:

Songwriters love featuring the song title in the chorus hook, as it makes the song much easier to remember. Simply reading the title in print brings the song to mind, which translates to a stronger response from voters. The Cranberries’ Zombie features a chorus of nothing more than the song’s title being yelped by singer Dolores O’Riordan, Bernard Fanning’s Wish You Well is more polite, ending the chorus with the song title in a manner that almost insists that the listener sing along. In fact, no less than thirteen previous Hottest 100 winners sung the title in the chorus, ranging from the subtle (Powderfinger – My Happiness and Alex Lloyd – Amazing) to the sledgehammer (Dennis Leary – Asshole). Even the dark horses of 2006, Augie March, open the chorus of One Crowded Hour with the title lyric.

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