In pop music, a musical journey lasts 3 to 4 minutes. And in that journey, we typically need to hear something that jumps out at us, something that says, “this is what this song is all about.”
Do your songs have an important point of focus? It doesn't need to be in the melody, though that's an important one. And like a good painting, a good song will often have several points where we say, "Ahhh… that's what I've been waiting to hear!” In addition to melodies with high points, you'll want to think about:
1) Lyrics with a good pay-off line: A pay-off line is one where the point or purpose of the lyric is displayed front and centre. Good pay-off lines are often clever or imaginative, will happen either at the beginning or end of a chorus, and will often be the song's title. ("Get it Now" – Tiwa Savage)
2) Chord progressions with an interesting moment or diversion: Most verses and choruses will use the same progression for each section, so the only truly unique progression might be in the optional bridge section. Bridges allow you to take your song in a new, interesting direction, and it's a great spot for something powerful to happen. Be sure that you're allowing your bridge to explore a new (even if related) key area. That will give your chords that all-important point of focus.
3) Finding a moment for an interesting instrumental treatment: That moment might be a section where all instruments stop except for one (like the bass solo in Paul Simon's “You Can Call Me Al”)
In a song with several interesting moments, one will usually stand out as being most significant, but as the songwriter, it's not so crucial for you to decide which moment is most important. All that really matters is that you've given your listeners something to focus on and remember.
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