There are many different song “forms” that writers use. I have three that I lean on more than others. Obviously, the forms with a big chorus are more “commercial” and radio friendly, but there are times when the song just needs another form to do it justice. So, this post is just about creative writing. We’re not worried about radio or artists here. These are my favourites. In all of the forms, I will call the verses “A”, the chorus “B” and the bridge “C”. I will call an instrumental “S”.
The AABABSB – When I have a little bit of extra story I need to tell before the chorus, I go to this form. The two verses up top let me get the characters, setting and context in place before the listener hears the chorus. After that first chorus, I just have one verse and then it’s choruses from then on with the exception of the instrumental break. Since I have three verses, I don’t like to use a lyrical bridge in this form.
The ABABCB – I use this form when there are loose ends, I still need to tie up after my verses and first two choruses. I use the bridge to try to take the song to another level and “knock it out of the park”. There you have it. I’ve written and demoed more than 6,000 songs and 99.9% are one of those three forms.
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