Top Ten Attributes That Make Songs Become Hits

These are some of the most seen attributes you can see in songs that become hits. If you're a songwriter, you should try including them in a song!

The Top Ten

1 Catchy Chorus

How many times have you been singing a melody that you couldn't get out of your head? I placed this element first because we all know hit songs that are musically disgusting sung by annoying artists... But yet their songs are on top of lists. Why? Well, a good reason is lots of them have a catchy chorus. Write a catchy chorus and you have a great percentage of success chance. - keyson

This is very true and I'm glad this reason is number 1.But some annoying songs are catchy.-TheCoolGuy1

2 A Memorable Melody

It doesn't need to be in the chorus, but melody is perhaps most important than rhythm and harmony. Many times you don't like songs at first, but there is something in the melody that makes you go back, even if you don't remember how the song was. - keyson

3 Steady Drums and Bass Line

Some hit songs have no particular qualities but a cathy rhythm and some nonsense being said. And they are still hits. - keyson

4 Hit Structure

Verse / transitional bridge / chorus :I Primary bridge / Chorus. Most songs have this structure. - keyson

5 Extreme Notes

You're listening an apparently monotone song and suddenly a heavenly melody jump makes you feel in paradise. Also, really low bass can produce a similar effect. - keyson

6 Remarkable Instrumental Sections

One of my favourite solos in electronic music is Deadmau5's "Not Exactly". I honestly can't choose an absolute favourite, but that beat is mind-boggling. - PositronWildhawk

I love the guitar solos of many Metal songs. The solo in "Tornado of Souls" by Megadeth is my favorite. Great Thoughtful list! - Kiteretsunu

Which is the best guitar solo? Do you remember the intro of that song that made you fall in love with it? - keyson

Oh I just love a really beautiful, wonderful sax session...
Great list Keyson! - Britgirl

7 Special Lyrics

They're often simple but to great effect. I love that. - PositronWildhawk

If they make you feel sad, remind you to your childhood, or it's just you like the words, lyrics can be the element that traps you. - keyson

8 Original Harmony

A song does not become a hit song for it's harmony, but it definitely helps. - keyson

Yeah, it sure needs this in a world where half the guys copy the other. - HezarioSeth

9 Written and Recorded by the Beatles

Those guys, meaning John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and later George Harrison, with perfect time kept by Ringo, just knew what sounded good.
The world and history clearly agree!

10 Trademark Style

Once an artist's style is known, it becomes much more probable that his next songs are hits, disregardless of promotion. This is because you get used to the style. - keyson

The Contenders

11 Unusual Instruments

Sometimes you get trapped for an instrument you're not used to listen when combined with much of the elements before. Remember the xylophone on "Somebody that I used to know"? And those synthesizers at the intro of "Fireflies"? This is much what I like of Owl City. All of its songs have a particular original instrument, though sometimes there is risk of excess. A balance is needed. - keyson

12 Guitar Riffs

Think of Stairway to Heaven, One, November Rain, and Mr. Crowley in one whole solo, now THAT'S a masterpiece

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