What's the definition of a hit song?

This is a pertinent question in music

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:44 PM  | DJ Euphonik 

An individual whom we believe has a good ear when it comes to music is DJ Euphonik.  The man has released a number of hit songs himself and has probably figured out the musical recipe  of what makes a hit song, even though at some point he probably didn't consider some of his songs to be hits until he released songs to the public.
Earlier on this week, Euphonik received a tweet from an upcoming musician who had asked the DJ to listen to their "hit" song, this then lead to Euphonik asking what the definition of a hit song is, as he receives a lot of demos that are labelled as hits.

So to answer Euphonik's question of what constitutes a hits song, here's a formula that has been followed by many songwriters who have either made or attempted to write a hit song.

A hit song is usually 3 to 5 minutes long:

Always take into consideration how long your song will be, but this duration is up for debate, after-all we have House songs that are well over 7 minutes.

Song structure:

This is another crucial element to consider when writing or producing a song that you would like to be a hit.

The song structure also includes a number of sub-structures that make it become a successful hit song. These sub-structures include the hook, melody, beat, riff, call and response and lead.

As you can see, there are many elements that are involved in making a hit song, it is a topic that can go on for days on end.  But then again, sometimes the true definition of a hit song depends on how the public responds to that particular music.

There have been many stories about how an artist excluded a particular song from their album as they did not believe that the song was worthy enough to be a hit or to even be on their album. 

However, after much deliberation with their producers and other song writers involved in making the album, the black-listed song then eventually makes the cut and surprisingly becomes one of the most popular songs on the album.

So yes, the topic of what makes a hit song is quite tricky and sometimes unpredictable but following a certain formula does sometimes guarantee a hit song.

We hope we've answered your question as best as we can Euphonik.