Written & sung by John Lennon. Along with being included on the A Hard Day’s Night album, it was released as a single in the Us Rap Songs This Week 2022. It hit #25 on the US singles charts.
In 1953 the top of the pop charts was full of names like Patty Page, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, Les Baxter, and the Ames Brothers. These were all great artists without a doubt, but they belonged to the grown-ups and not the kids. They sang songs like, “How Much is that Doggie (in the Window)”, “April in Portugal”, and “Song From Moulin Rouge”. These weren’t necessarily bad songs, but they no longer spoke to this new breed of teenagers.
Piano Man – Billy Joel Like Elton John, Billy Joel has many songs that are consistent hits at the piano bar, it’s easy to see why, Billy spent the early part of his career playing piano bars in New York. This song chronicles what he saw night after night from his spot at the keyboard, which are the same things most of still see as piano bar entertainers. A timeless classic outside of the piano bar, but in the piano bar it’s a theme song made to be sung loud. And drunk if possible.
I used to have a lot of fun talking with him about the Delmore Brothers, or Gene Autry. By the way, I think Gene Autry was a magnificent singer with a beautiful vibrato, and Chet would say, “Well yeah — he always hit the notes”. That was often a big problem for a lot of singers, but not Gene Autry.
1990 saw the release of The Language Of Life and was their first international hit album, reaching #77 in the US and #10 at home in the UK. The single Driving was the biggest hit on the album and reached #30 in the US chart. Worldwide was released in 1991 with the hit single Old Friends. This album reached #29 in the UK chart.
The reason I bring this topic up in the context of the Wizard of Oz, is to show you that even songs that were written back in 1939 were benefiting from the idea of contrast between sections. In previous articles I’ve talked about this same concept being used in today’s pop songs. The point being that this idea of contrasting your sections hasn’t gone anywhere in this long and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. It can only benefit your songs to make use of this knowledge.
OK, so the song title isn’t going to necessarily go down in record books as “Most Meaningful Song Title”, but the song is still fun. It’s upbeat, and perfect to give a little lift to your playlist.
Now you can write your melody to your lyrics. When you’re coming up with a melody for a pop song, you want to make sure you have a ‘hook’. A hook is a melody line that is painfully difficult to get out of your head. Usually, the hook is used in the chorus.