Top Ten Ingredients for a Good Song


The Top Ten

1 Good Vocals

Nothing will turn me off a song more than the singer's voice. If, however, I like the sound of their voice, it can make up for flaws in instrumentation and lyrics. - PetSounds

Who wants a whiny, brain-melting voice that makes your ears bleed in a song? I certainly don't! Good (or amazing) vocals is one of the things that makes up a good band/artist. - Wolftail

This is too bad. I want to be a singer/songwriter and nobody likes my voice. - AnonymousChick

I'm with PetSounds - I've pressed the stop button many times because vox hurt my ears. - Metal_Treasure

2 Good Lyrics

Catchy, meaningful, clean, and original lyrics are a great feature of a song. - Wolftail

Especially if Paul Simon writes them. - PetSounds

3 Good Music

What's good music? For me it's metal. Does everybody think that metal is good music? - NO.

The problem of the items on this list is that most of them are subjective - 'good' music, vocals, lyrics and so on, are not defined. So basically we learn almost nothing in particular about the ingredients for a good song. Fortunately some people added some relevant items. - Metal_Treasure

Music that finds its way into your heart or reminds you of a nice memory is a good component for any song. - Wolftail

4 Catchy

A song that will never get out of your head! - Wolftail

I hate songs that stick in my head for hours and days. It's totally annoying.
A song that will never get out of my head is a good song? No thanks, it's gonna be terrible. - Metal_Treasure

5 Good Use of Instruments

Creativity, people! Creativity is always a good thing to have, especially when making music. - Wolftail

6 Originality
7 No Explicit Lyrics

Think about the younger kids! Songs with expletives in are bad influences for a child's vocabulary. - Wolftail

I know right? I had to put up with so many inappropriate lyrics as a kid. They tortured my youth!

This needs to beloved down to the bottom 10.

Kids now days are influenced by so many thing, music isn't one of them. blame society as a whole. /(-_-/) - jjjjj34324

8 Meaningful Lyrics

A song with meaningful lyrics are great inspirations for people of all ages. - Wolftail

9 Lack of Autotune

Trust me, Autotune ruined music.

10 A Story Told in the Song

A song with lyrics like that can take you to a magical place and into the story. - Wolftail

The Contenders

11 A Good Rhythm

Nod that head in time to the music! - Wolftail

12 Innovation

I hate music artists whose songs all sound the same. It just reflects on a lack of creativity and it is not at all inspiring. - PositronWildhawk

13 Putting Some Effort Into It

I understand what's the point here but this doesn't guarantee anything.
If the musician is genius, a song can be written for 1 hour and performed after several hours.

Example - How Deep Purple wrote their hit Highway Star?

"This song was born on a tour bus going to Portsmouth in 1971 when a reporter asked the band how they wrote songs. To demonstrate, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore grabbed an acoustic guitar and began playing a riff consisting of a single "G" repeated over and over, while vocalist Ian Gillan improvised lyrics over the top. The song was refined and was performed that same night." (Wiki) - Metal_Treasure

14 Good Song Quality

Not a whole lot of remastering

15 Music that Makes You Want to Dance

A combination of some of the other items on this list! - Wolftail

No, this would mean that only dance music is good. - Metal_Treasure

16 No Overproduction

Don't put too many instruments in the song. - Giggleman223

17 Good Beat
18 Positive Message
19 Seriousness

Oh so your saying Thrift Shop is a bad song NO IT isn't - TopTenListmaker

20 No Over-Reliance on Tragic Events

90% of charity singles are not so much about the tunes themselves but what they symbolise. In other words people buy or download a charity single for the cause it represents rather than the quality of the song itself.

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List StatsCreated 11 Sep 2014
Updated 23 Jun 2018

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2. Lack of Autotune
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