What is a hook? The hook is a powerful tool; a repeated phrase of a song that makes the song unforgettable. Songs can have a few different types of hooks throughout the song. The hook is a part of the song that grabs your attention and “hooks” you in; it is the lyric and melodic phrase that grab your attention. The songs “Let It Be” or “Yesterday” by the Beatles, simple words and musical phrase but memorable and powerful. It is the answer or climax to the verse’s question and summarizes the main idea of the song.

You can sing the hook at the beginning, the middle and the end of your song; repetition strengthens its power. Sheryl Crow’s song “A Change Will Do You Good” is repeated over and over again at the end of the song. Arianna Grande repeats the hook “Thank You, Next” throughout the entire song. It provides the relief the listener wants to hear from the singer. Make sure the word phrases being sung and the overall idea of the verses point toward the hook. A memorable hook will be short. Make the lyric unique (so it stand out) like “We will rock you.”

Listen to Audrey Diaz sing an original song “Boys” written by songwriter Robin Munson. You can also hear Robin Munson sing “Boys” in youtube video.


“I play all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.” Eric Morecambe

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