Songwriting Part 1

The Types of Songs

Identify the different types of song to help with your own songwriting.

Start by learning about the different types of songs. Here are a few to begin with. Use the comment section below to add song that fit the category featured in this post.

The List Song

The list song is a list of items. Things you like, places you have been to, the sort of day that it isn’t it or things to blame.

My Favourite Things is a list of items, “brown paper packages, tied up with string, sleigh bells and door bells”. It was recorded by Julie Andrews and appeared in the film Sound Of Music.

I’ve Been Everywhere is a list of American place names. E.G Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota . It was recorded by Johnny Cash. It was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, using Australian place names. The song easily lends itself to be adapted to many different countries.

I Just Called To Say I Love You is a list of days that the current day isn’t, no New Year’s Day. It was written and recorded by Stevie Wonder.

Some songs are a hybrid in that they include a list but there are other parts to the song. Blame It On The Boogie has a short list of things to blame it on, sunlight, moonlight , good times. The song was recorded by The Jackson 5.