In September 2009 belgian electronic artist, Stromae, released "Alors on Dance".
The song went global, number one in 16 countries, released in the US featuring Kanye West.
View this entire video to see how he produced a simple GLOBAL hit!
How do you write a hit song?
You can try any number of tricks but even the best songwriters don't know how they do it.
Through the decades, many books have been written on the subject – usually by people who aren't songwriters themselves – using analyses of previous hits to come up with solutions.
Billboard shows it has become increasingly important to get a cut with artists who are already successful. The number of hits in this category has steadily risen, and is now 25% higher than in the 50s.
Author Jay Frank says the way people consume music in the digital age has changed what makes a hit.
Maybe it makes more sense to look to songwriters who have had plenty of hits.
As a fellow songwriter once told me: "The world doesn't need any more good songs. What we need are great songs." Or, to take the idea a bit further, the enemy of great is good.
One of the advantages of being a songwriter instead of a performer is that, while artists have a hard time recovering their reputation when a record bombs, the only time the public pays attention to who wrote a song is when it's a hit.
There's one thing successful songwriters have in common: they all love the music they write. They're not cynical about their craft. But while there are tricks of the trade to deliver songs in a more palatable way, other key ingredients are more elusive.
Now while there is no manual like the "Hitchhikers Guide to the galaxy" or the "Production and songwriting Guide to a Grammy" ( Or is there???). Mastering the art of music is a craft many has been perfecting for decades. But all will agree, there is elements in hit songs that can be universally recognized nor denied put that artist, musician or producer on the map!
So my advice is learn from those who already have done it before. However for my producers making a hit song or track is more simplistic than most think.
Just look at Stromae!
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