The chorus, also called “hook” or “refrain,” is, in my opinion, the easiest part of the song to write. I know you’re thinking “what, why?? You’re crazy!” and you’re correct, but hear me out: You only have to write it once, and then a third of the song is done. The verses are where you tell the story and explain yourself. The chorus is where you hammer the main point home. Choruses can still be confusing, so let’s talk about them a little more:
First, what is a chorus?
In my book, I talk about how the Chorus is the part of the song that has the same words and melody in several places in the song. However, you can loosely interpret this however you want. Here is a song by Maria Mena that doesn’t really have an actual chorus, but repeats the melody in a way that lets you know it’s a refrain: Dear by Maria Mena
I’m sure you can find other examples of this. Basically, something needs to be repeating for it to have a chorus.
What if I don’t want to write a chorus?
You don’t have to! There are songs that don’t. I will say though, it will be a lot harder to pitch or place your song without a chorus (if that’s your goal).
My chorus is ready! How do I label it on my lyric sheet?
It’s important that the sheet is labeled clearly and consistently. Beyond that, it doesn’t really matter. The part of the song that makes up the chorus is open to interpretation. The example I use in my book is “Hit Me Baby, One More Time” by Britney Spears:
My loneliness is killing me (and I)
I must confess, I still believe (still believe)
When I’m not with you I lose my mind
Give me a sign
Hit me baby, one more time
So that’s obviously the chorus, right? It happens several times throughout the song. However, what about the end when “hit me baby, one more time” repeats several times? Is that still the chorus, or is that the post-chorus? Or the Outro?
Really, it doesn’t matter what you consider it to be, as long as everyone in the studio agrees about what it’s called for that song. If you call it the Outro and the producer thinks it’s the Post-chorus, and the singer thinks it’s the Chorus, you’re all going to be really confused.
I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but the easiest way to avoid confusion is to just label everything on your lyric sheet. That way when you reference the Outro, it’s labeled right there and we all know. And you can call it whatever you want, it’s your song! As long as we know what you mean, we don’t mind.
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