When it comes to writing a song, you can get everything right; be in the right environment, get the right ambience and play the right tune, and you still wouldn’t know where to start from. In fact, most songwriters have confessed to not knowing the science behind writing great songs as they just write as it comes (as e dey hot).
There is an art to writing great songs, but even though songwriters don’t know the science behind it, it actually exists. In fact, people are constantly carrying out research to try to identify what makes a song successful, with the idea being that if they can identify what works and what doesn’t, they can do more of the former and less of the latter.
So below, you’ll find proven research on the most effective tricks to writing hit Nigerian songs.
Tell a relatable truth
One awesome way to really hit the lyrics of a song is by getting the lyrics to hit home. Pen down something that speaks a truth, a powerful message and is very, very relatable. “Ordinary People” by Cobhams Asuquo is a very simple song with a powerful message. Eedris Abdulkareem’s “Jaga Jaga” is a cult classic because it spoke of the devastating economic state of the country and is still relevant today.
Another great example is Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) by Beyoncé, which was such a hit because so many people were able to relate to it. If you can convey a relatable truth through your lyrics and the way the song is delivered, you’ll have an army of fans on your hands in no time.
A hook is a tune or a set of lyrics which is designed to “hook” the listener and to get them to remember it. Most of the time, if you can’t get a song out of your head, its because the hook actually got you hooked (pun intended).
A great example of an artiste whose hooks are always on point is Brymo. Brymo delivers the kind of hooks in a song that will have you singing it for life. Songs like Oleku and Action Film are prime examples of this. The bottom line is if you want to be remembered, you need a good hook.