Guides | How To Make A Pop Song

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Everyone probably dreams of making a pop song of their own once in a while, and in fact, that dream isn't that far from reality.

Today, I will be teaching you how to make your own simple pop song with 3 easy steps.

Let's get to it.

1st step: Establishing Chords

First off, to write a pop song, you would have to decide on the four main chords that you want to use for your song. It is typical for a pop song to have only four songs.

This is the most important part of your song since it makes up literally the whole of your song.

There are many songs in the pop world that has only four chords - “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley, “Still Loving You” by Scorpions, “All of Me” by John Legend or “Final Masquerade” by Linkin Park.

The chords that you are going to use are C major, G major, A minor, F major.

They are the most basic and easiest to play chords on the piano or guitar.

Do take note that for each part of the song,the Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Bridge, there might be changes in the sequence of the chords being played but other than that, ONLY C major, G major, A minor, F major will be used.

Here are how to play the chords on the piano:

Here is how to play the chords on guitar:

For the advanced

Of course, if you already know how to play these chords and you are finding chords that fit your vocal range much better, you could check out other chord progressions on different keys!

This is a more comprehensive table of keys and chord progressions that you can use!

2nd Step: Making A Melody

Next, to write a pop song, you would have to write the melody of the pop song AKA what you are going to sing. If you don't really know how to sing or want to improve singing, you should check out my Beginner Tips On How To Sing Better post.

This is fairly simple. For your notes, just remember to start low, go higher during the pre-chorus and even higher at your chorus.

The bridge can go two ways: either your highest notes or just a quiet die-down (basically going as low as your start but with emotions).

Similarly, for your chorus, you could either belt through your way OR use falsetto. Both work well depending on the theme that you choose!

You could of course, take inspiration from your favorite artists and start from there!

For this segment, it is entirely up to you to decide what the melody is going to be. I can only tell you how it is supposed to sound like but for most parts, it is up to you to change depending on how you feel its supposed to be.

3rd Step: Writing Lyrics

Lastly, to make a pop song, you would have to write the lyrics for the pop song.

Decide on the theme that your song is going to take form in like love, heartbreak, anger, happiness etc so that you can write your lyrics according to that theme.

Make your lyrics easy to understand with simple words and try to play around with them using figures of speech to enrich your lyrics.

There are mainly five parts of a song: Intro, Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus and Bridge.

To find out more about the structure of a song, you can check out this article on Fender.

Remember to write the lyrics in a way that the last words of each sentence rhymes so that the song would sound much better (just like writing raps).

This is really important since you want your lyrics to match the music of the song that you are writing. This way, the flow of your song would be much smoother and easier to digest for the music listeners!

After that, incorporate all the steps and you would have made your very first pop song.

Although it doesn't sound as good as professional music artists' pop songs, don't worry since this might be your first few times trying it.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

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