So you want to know more about song themes. Well let me explain. The songs theme is the main point or attitude your song focuses around and the main message it aims to portray.
Over the years songs have covered a wide variety of subjects ranging from love to politics. Obviously as a songwriter you can write about anything you wish but there tends to be a certain couple of themes which are repeated over and over again.
And why are they used again and again? They're used because they work. So let's take a look at these song themes below:
Love is probably the most overly used theme in the history of music. Everybody experiences love, the good side and the bad side, which is why it's such a popular choice.
When writing a love song a good tip is to try and be original. I know it's hard to be original with a subject that's been so overused but the secret is to try and come at it from a different angle. Put a new twist on an old favourite. Some ideas for writing a love lyric:
- Falling In Love
- Falling Out Of Love
- Loving Someone That Doesn't Love You Back
- Breaking Up
- Love Triangle
- Searching For Love
Sex & Desire
In today's world the top 40 chart is saturated with song themes based on sex or desire. It is very widely used in Rap, R'n'B and modern pop. The secret to writing a song about sex is to write it with a bit of tongue and cheek, to insinuate your desires rather then graphically describing what you want.
Dance & Music
A lot of songs are also based on being on the dance floor and everything that's associated with it; Having a good time, forgetting your troubles, flirting with the opposite sex.
How many songs do you know are written about particular cities? A lot I bet...The biggest cities in the world are most commonly used like New York, London, Hollywood, Paris, Dublin etc...
The struggles and joys of life is also a very common subject to write about.
- Bad Times
- Good Times
This theme can be explored literally; as in going on a journey from one place to an other, or metaphorically; as in the journey of life.
Many songs have been written about political subjects, usually there main goal is to raise the publics awareness about a particular political view.