The AABA Song Form

Learn the definition and structure of the AABA song form

The AABA song form, also known as the thirty two-bar form, is a song form commonly used in jazz music and early pop songs from the 1950s and 60s. It is similar to the AAA song form but with the added B section.

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The AABA Form Explained...

Similar to the AAA song form, the AABA features no chorus. The title is instead featured at the beginning, end, or both places within each verse. It also features a bridge within the song.

This style, often used in jazz, gospel, and old pop songs is often called thirty two-bar form because of its structure. The song generally (but not always) is structured as:

The first two verses will be similar musically, only being different in lyrical content. The third section, the bridge, will be different both lyrically and musically, giving it some contrast. Finally, a third verse, similar musically to the first two, finishes out the song.

There are some variations of the style as well. For example, “Send in the Clowns” is structured with the bars going 6-6-9-8. The Beatles song “Yesterday” has two bridges within it, which is another common variation.

Something written in this form with two bridges would also have an additional verse added in for the ending, so it would go A-A-B-A-B-A. Still, these variations are considered part of the AABA form.

Examples of the AABA Song Form

Some good examples of songs written in the AABA form are:
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