Song Breakdowns

What makes a song great? How do I write a song like a famous songwriter? These are the questions that may be answered here. Be sure to submit a request if there is a particular song or artist you want to learn about!

Song Breakdown: How “Easy On Me” by Adele Relies on Context

In the modern world of songwriting, artist and music marketing, there are rarely songs that become big hits without a story behind it—and to make actual money from music these days, a big hit is extremely helpful. We see this with “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo, “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez and…

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Write a Song Like… Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi is relatively new to the music scene having hit the ears of a wide audience only a few years ago. He’s established himself in the singer/songwriter genre with his heartfelt songs, and though he plays on many of the common elements of the genre, he has a few quirks that set him apart.…

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Write a Song Like… Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is an artist with definite differences in his sound from album to album. Many fans will probably have an opinion of which era they enjoy most. Throughout the evolution of his sound, many of his writing quirks have stayed the same and continue to define what makes a song uniquely his. Here are…

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Write a Song Like… Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish and Finneas have made a reputation of creating music that is a little different. They have influenced an entire generation of songwriters with a unique style of writing, singing and production. Here are a few key things that recur in Billie Eilish songs that you may want to try. Surprising lyrics Even if…

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Song Breakdown: How Maisie Peters Writes a Surprise at the end of “John Hughes Movie”

If you haven’t heard Maisie Peter’s song “John Hughes Movie”, you should definitely listen to that before reading this. The surprise twist at the end of the Chorus is an enjoyable experience, and the way she crafted it is really clever and remarkable. Here’s how she set up the surprise, and how you can write…

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Song Breakdown: Julia Micheals Plays with Opposites in “Love is Weird”

Julia Michaels is a brilliant, notable songwriter of today. Her writing has changed the sound of current pop melodies and created a landscape for more emotionally-driven songs. Though she writes for many big artists, she released a single recently called “Love is Weird” and plays with listeners’ emotions in subtle but powerful ways. At first…

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Song Breakdown: Six Ways Giveon Creates Heartbreak in Only the First Verse of “Heartbreak Anniversary”

Heartbreak Anniversary is a lovely, sad song about experiencing heartbreak. Even in the first Verses, we can see all of the different tools and devices that the songwriter uses to create the emotion of the song. Let’s take a closer look to understand everything that is happening. Listen to the song here. Harmony The first…

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How Taylor Swift Uses Imagery in “cardigan” in a Unique Way

Imagery is one of the most commonly used songwriting devices, but it can be difficult to get it right. Sometimes using a simile (ex. “My love is like the rain.”) or a metaphor (ex. “My love is the rain.”) can have the effect that imagery can. Imagery is mainly used to paint the scene of…

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Song Breakdown: What Makes the Chorus in “A Little Bit Yours” by JP Saxe so Satisfying

The first time I heard “A Little Bit Yours”, I was instantly hooked. JP Saxe has a way of creating subtle but hooky riffs, punch-in-the-gut lyrics and killer melodies. This Chorus in particular feels very satisfying in both the beginning of the Chorus and the payoff line. It seems like a simple song on the…

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Song Breakdown: How Olivia Rodrigo Establishes Emotion in “drivers license”

Olivia Rodrigo’s new song “drivers license” has become extremely popular. It takes a pop ballad to the next level with the emotional drive of this song, and we don’t seem to hear that on the radio as much as we used to. If you’re wondering how exactly this song tugs on the heartstrings, here are…

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