Creating a Compelling Song Title


Song TitleIt’s no doubt that an excellent song that has a fairly bland song title will attract far less interested listeners to it than if it had a really great title. With a good song title, it will draw in far more radio station attention as well as listeners.

Here’s an example – the original name for the big time hit movie “Casablanca” was “Everybody Goes to Rick’s”. There’s a good probability that if the original name had sufficed, the movie would never have gained the popularity it did. With that said, if you’ve written the lyrics for an excellent song, do be sure to give it an equally compelling title.

Here are a few tips on how to create that compelling song title.

 1.      Study the lyrics

If there is any word or a phrase that really appeals to you within the lyrics and which manages to encompass the essence of the song, this could make for an excellent title. By all means, ask friends or family for their opinions. If a song is about a particular individual, often their name makes for either a part of, or the full title.

 2.      Note your own favorite songs

Consider your favorite songs and focus on their titles and how they actually relate to both the song lyrics and the mood. Then simply apply the same ethos to your own song. What is it that you felt about the song when you were writing it?

 3.      Getting creative

Note your ideas for a good song title, and then get more creative. If your title is a bit on the long side, try slicing some words out. If you have a few titles that you are not so sure about, try mixing the words together from each to see what you can come up with.

 songwritershq_005 Song Title4.      Your song being performed

Imagine your song being performed by your favorite singer or favorite band. Now imagine how they might sing it so that it fits their style. What would they wear during the performance? How would they name the song? Now consider your song as if it were a movie. What name would make it really appeal to millions of viewers?

 5.      The Billy Corgan method

Following the Billy Corgan free-association method, try to get a sense for the mood or genesis of your song and you may be able to find the perfect word or phrase for the title. As an example, say you used to enjoy playing baseball, but one day the ball hit you really hard on the head. Since then, you decided to avoid playing baseball, but you also like soccer. So you prefer to name your song “soccer”. I know that’s a silly example, but hopefully it illustrates the point.



About Jeff Lodge

I have been a songwriter pretty much all my life, since Grandpa Mac gave me his drum set (ya, you try writing a song on an old Slingerland 5 piece). I learned guitar, played around with piano, and fell head first into a fervent passion for creating music. I wrote a ton as a kid, with limited skills and knowledge. When I 'grew up', I studied the craft of songwriting and recording. I crave to learn more. It's my goal with SongWritersHQ to provide valuable content that will educate, entertain, or the songwriter community. I include myself in that community because if I don't learn something about this wonderful craft every day, I'm unfulfilled. I hope SongWritersHQ is as fulfilling for you as it is for me. Jeff

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2 Responses to Creating a Compelling Song Title

  1. Dan Wilson July 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi Jeff,

    It’s good to hear from you and to hear that you’ll still pushing the pen. Songwriting’s like a disease that you just can’t get rid of! That’s a good selection of books you have there, some that I haven’t read.


    Dan Wilson – Phoenix

    • Jeff Lodge July 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks Dan! I devoured them all at one time or another … Feeding the disease 🙂 which ones your favorite?

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