Some Examples of One-Chord Songs
Aretha Franklin – “Chain of Fools”
Pink – “Get This Party Started”
Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
Bob Marley – “Get Up, Stand Up”
Beck – “Loser”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Run Through The Jungle”
Steely Dan – “Show Biz Kids”
Harry Nilsson – “Coconut”
Eddie Grant – “Electric Avenue”
Bo Diddley – “Bo Diddley” and “I’m A Man” (Both sides of Bo’s first single were one chord songs!)
Recently I was watching one of very interviews of Max Martin and they asked him why for the past few years he wasn’t as active as he used to be in late ‘90s and early ‘00s. “Because I needed time to practice and get better.” He replied. Remember, this is MAX MARTIN saying these words. At peak of his career, when he was knowns as the biggest songwriter alive, he felt he need to take some time off and practice to get better. Let alone you and me!
They are great with sync and pop pitches, but not really a player at all when pitching film music – which is my specialty in composing and in my heart, it is my personal preference to compose film music more than anything else. So, this writer and I wrote what we thought was a great pitch for one of major artists. I spent about an hour and a half the morning of our write working on ideas and found a great one that we used. I came in with it all mapped out and part of a chorus. We quickly wrote the song. Two days later, he sent me a demo. I got it pitched to that singer we had in mind and she put it on the hold. If we get it cut, we make the same amount of money since we have similar pub deals. So, what do you think? Should I have paid him to track the song? Should he have paid me to pitch it since we used my connections for pitching and he admitted, “never leaves his basement”? Is a great demo that never gets heard worth anything?
On the other hand, I know people living in the same town as those major artists, tried to work with them and still didn’t get a cut on. Yes, I agree it’s hard to work when you are living somewhere far away from the music centers, but it also is far from impossible.