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Examples of song structures

28 October, 2019

When I'm teaching, I often talk about commonly used song structures. Following (fairly) popular request, I have put up some playlists demonstrating some examples. The lists here are from Apple Music, but I've also put a link to a Spotify version beneath each one.

It's best to consider these building blocks rather than a complete formula for making a song. I've tried to order them starting with the most archetypal and then becoming less obvious.

 Taglines and B sections

Spotify version here.

Sectional verses

Spotify version here

Pre-choruses

Spotify version here