A strong title can ensure that people will remember your song. Many music supervisors and publishers have to sift through thousands of titles to find the right song for publishing and licensing opportunities, so your title is a key marketing tool.
Choose fresh and innovative words and themes, then mix them together with the common words and themes. An example of this would be “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, or “Stairway to Heaven”.
As you build a list of potential titles, why not create a “Hook Book?” Most Nashville songwriters keep there titles and themes in a Hook Book and refer to it in co-writing sessions.
Titles, Titles, and more Titles
Use this list of title categories to brainstorm ideas on new titles which will hopefully lead you to new songs.
- Questions: What’s Love Got to do with it?
- Commands/Requests: Lets go crazy, Beat it
- Political/Social, Current Events: Imagine, We are the World
- Character/People: Alejandro, Vincent
- Places: Born in the U.S.A, N.Y. N.Y.
- Objects: Little Red Corvette
- Emotional State/ Condition of Mind: Just Can’t Get Enough, All Shook Up
- Action/Activities: Dancing in the street, Run to You
- Dates/Times: Workin’ 9-5, Last Friday Night
- Metaphors: Love is a Battlefield, Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall
- Similes: Like a Rock, Like a Virgin
- Numbers: 9 Crimes, Route 66
- Rhyming: My Guy, Rock around the Clock
- Alliteration: Seasons in the sun, The Way We Were
- Assonance: Rolling in the Deep, Sweet Dreams
- Music: Play that Funky Music, Your Song
- Novelty/Nonsense Word Titles: MMMMBop, Na Na Hey Hey
- Dance: Twist, Macarena
- One word: Blow, Fame
- Opposites: Ebony & Ivory, Sound of Silence
- Humorous: Forget You (FU)