Elements of a Song

What makes a song a hit? It can’t be an exact science, or record companies would be churning out number-one songs for their artists every day. That said, most of the songs that top the Billboard charts have a number of features in common. These features form the structure of the song—the

different sections that excite you and make you want to sing or dance along. And they’re all designed to keep you coming back for more.

Let’s see how it works:

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