The hook within a song is a musical idea; it’s a short riff/passage/musical phrase. It’s used in music to make a song catchy, appealing and easily memorable. Most of the time, the hook is  found in your chorus because that’s the catchiest section of your song- it has to stand out to be easily remembered. In this article, we’ll talk about how to write a chorus with a killer hook.

Your killer hook can either be melodically heavy or rhythmically driven By that, I mean, your hook will either be focused on the main melody of your song, which will involve important lyrics or it will be focused on catchy rhythms, which will involve a purely instrumental section.

The hook will often have the main motif (musical phrase) of your song and will be repeated throughout to catch the ear of the listener and remain memorable. It’s important to remember the hook has to be; repetitive, attention grabbing, memorable, easy to sing/dance to and able to stand out from your song.

You need to think about three important aspects to write a chorus with a killer hook; lyrics, melody, rhythm

Since your chorus is the section that will be repeated throughout and has to be the most memorable, it’s a good idea to include your song title in your chorus. That will really help keep your song memorable. Your lyrics are there to push the story behind your song to the listeners- they should convey your own emotions, that will make your lyrics relatable and thus, memorable.

It’s easier said than done to create a melody that stays in people’s minds. A memorable melody will make for a successful hook. Keep practising writing different melodies and see if you can;

  1. Sing it from memory easily (this will show you if your melody can be easily remembered)
  2. See if it can be repeated throughout your song effectively (without getting “boring” or “annoying”)

Driving and danceable rhythms will make your chorus catchy. No matter what style/genre of song you’re writing for, a good beat with an unforgettable rhythm is undeniably a strong way of writing a killer hook.

Helpful tips to write a chorus and hook:

  • Before you write your hook, you need to decide if you want it to be melodically focused or rhythmically heavy.
  • Your actual melody needs to be catchy too. After writing your melody, give yourself a short break and then see if you can remember it by singing/humming /playing it. You can also do this test on someone else, see if they remember it.
  • Record any fleeting idea you have so you don’t forget them- jot them down in a notebook or record you singing/playing it through your phone.
  • Feedback from a fresh perspective/fresh pair of ears will help you determine if your chorus has a killer hook in it.


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