I am constantly asked the questions, “I have a new song out, how do I make it a hit? How can I make it in this business?”
The answer I give is the same I have given all of my life, “It’s simple. First, the song has to have it. What is “it” you might ask? To me a song should have a melody that people can easily beat their feet to the rhythm of the music. The words should be meaningful, perhaps you can tell a story.
Then you must deliver it in a way that captivates the listening audience. When you have these ingredients properly mixed, then go out and try to do something with your song.
But if the song isn’t great, it won’t work. Continue to write. Write everyday. It’s the most important thing you can do. Too many times an unknown artist will say, “Yeah but no one knows me and no one will give me airplay.” I say, “If the song is great, that won’t be a problem. You can be an unknown with a new release and make it if it’s a great song and well delivered,” The song has to have hit potential. Don’t feel just because you wrote a song that the public would demand it. You still have tons of competition. But don’t ever give up. Keep writing until you get it and “good enough” just won’t make it.
Remember this, not everybody is going to like your song, but that is OK. I don’t know if a song has been written that everyone likes and agrees with.
Watch the video above and see what I mean. This unknown had over 26 million hits in just 7 days and it’s a cover.
What’s your all-time favorite song?
Have you ever heard a song that you hated the first time that you heard it and then it grew on you and became your favorite? I will write Leonard Cohen’s story soon.