Every year we have tons of new music to choose from. The entertainment industry has been consistent when it comes to popping out a song that are catchy and they usually do it during the summer so everyone gets to hear it more often. How many times have you caught yourself humming or singing a song from Britney Spears, Shakira or Beyoncé even though you are a hardcore metal or rapper?
The thing is most of these songs have a formula and they are made to perfection, and not only that the social effect of the song is being taken advantage of at the same time. For instance, during the winter time, people are inside their home, not prone to discovering new things and are usually content with the things they did and learned during the summer. But in the summer, everyone is easy and outgoing and more accepting of new things and experiences. That is one of the reasons why big hits fall in the summertime as more people are going to be listening to the radio in their car and more people will just play something in the background while they are enjoying a swim or some other fun activity. This is e perfect time to produce a hit that will turn itself into a worm that will burrow itself down your brain and stay there until next year.
But the big question is what are the main ingredients to create a popular song?
While there is not one de-facto reason, we will name a few of them that should always be present in every summer hit
The dance factor
While the very song has its way of presenting a story, each and every one of them has a lot of buzzes that will get people dancing. A song should have both some soul, but a song without all the right elements that will not make you jump out of your seat to dance. More often than not lyrics are not the most important part but the flow and the repeating part where you burst out with energy is.
While a good rap song has amazing lyrics in it, a pop song is not built up to tell a detailed story. A song can be catchy and still tell a story, just not a long one. For instance, a girl loved a boy they broke up and now she wants to have some fun. A short story builds up with lighthearted lyrics around that theme can reach astronomical levels of popularity during the summer.
Romance and happiness
Don’t forget that every hit song does not tell a sad story, but in fact, most of them are either romantic where somebody confesses their love or a happy one where the positive energy will be passed down to the listener.
Once you hit that sweet spot with the lyrics and the riff, all you need to do is repeat the Cathy part two more times and the song is instantly burrowed itself into everyone’s brain. The repetition should be handled with care as too much will make the song sound boring, and too little will be forgotten pretty fast for a new summer hit.