7 Factors that Make Trending Music Rule the Charts

June 14, 2023 11:22 am in by
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When it comes to music, we all have our favourite songs that make us want to dance, sing along, and get lost in the rhythm. But have you ever wondered what makes a song truly worthy of being a hit? While there’s no scientific formula, there are key ingredients that contribute to the success of a song. So let’s dive in and discover what makes a hit song!

1. Same, Same But Different

A hit song is unique and stands out from the crowd, but it also needs to resonate with what’s currently popular in the music industry. It strikes a balance between something new yet something familiar, capturing the listeners’ attention with fresh sounds while still staying within the realm of what’s trending at the time of its release.

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Miley Cyrus is one of the most well-known pop artists there is, however her attitude and fearlessness sets her music apart from the crowd. Her latest song ‘Flowers‘ is quite different to the types of songs trending at the moment. It has a killer base line and elements of disco and rock and roll all bundled up to create a killer track. Take a listen yourself and see why Miley Cyrus keeps topping the charts!

2. Dance Floor Appeal

One of the first things that grabs our attention in a hit song is its ability to make us dance. Whether it’s a groovy beat, infectious rhythm, or an irresistible melody, a dance-worthy song compels us to let loose and express ourselves on the dance floor.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off‘ hit nailed it! Guaranteed to make anyone move, this 2014 chart-topping hit is still popular and has even made its way into several big movies including ‘Sing’.

3. Lyrics that Speak to the Soul

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Great songs tell stories, evoke emotions, and connect with our experiences. Amazing lyrics that have meaning and resonate with listeners create a powerful connection. When we find ourselves relating to the words, it’s like the songwriter has put our feelings into beautiful verses.

There is no denying, Adele is the queen of writing impactful lyrics that speak to the soul. ‘Hello‘ is a powerful ballad that explores themes of regret, longing, and nostalgia on a failed relationship and the desire for reconciliation. If you’ve ever gone through a breakup, chances are you’ve turned to this unforgettable song.

4. Unforgettable Chorus

A strong and catchy chorus is the heart of a hit song. It’s the part that sticks in our minds, the part we eagerly wait for, and the part we can’t help but sing along to. A memorable chorus has a hook that grabs our attention and refuses to let go.

Ed Sheeran’sShape of You’ is a prime example of a song with an irresistibly catchy and repetitive chorus that draws you in and makes you to sing along.

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5. Collaborations that Spark Magic

When two popular artists come together, the result can be a musical masterpiece. Collaborations bring fresh perspectives, unique styles, and a fusion of talents. It’s like witnessing a creative spark that ignites a firework of sound, and these collaborations often leave a lasting impact on both artists’ fan bases.

David Bowie and Queen’s famous collaboration on the hit song ‘Under Pressure‘ created a timeless masterpiece. Their remarkable talents were blended into a song that is still loved and played by fans.

6. High-Quality Production

Behind every hit song, there’s a team of skilled producers, engineers, and musicians working tirelessly to ensure the music sounds flawless. High-quality production involves finding the perfect balance of instruments, mixing the audio to perfection, and paying attention to every sonic detail. This meticulous process creates an immersive and captivating experience for the listeners.

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Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ is a timeless masterpiece known for its remarkable high-quality sound production, intricate layering of vocals, harmonies, and instruments, captivating listeners decades after its release. Released in 1974, this song is a favourite for many, including the old and the young.

7. Tension Building Music

Skilled songwriters and composers know how to create anticipation and emotional impact through the deliberate buildup of rhythm, harmony, melody, and dynamics, crafting a captivating musical journey that keeps listeners hooked and yearning for resolution, before delivering a satisfying release of tension.

A-Ha’s ‘Take on Me’ stands out with its iconic song structure, gradually introducing each instrument before Morten Harket’s haunting vocals take over, making it a song you’ll never forget.

In the world of music, the recipe for a hit song is a blend of various factors. While there’s no single, simple answer, it’s the culmination of these elements that make a song worthy of topping the charts.

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So next time you find yourself captivated by a hit song, take a moment to appreciate the danceability, the relatable lyrics, the catchy chorus, the collaborations, and the quality of the sound production.

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