Songs come in all shapes and sizes, just like people. Some songwriters for example like Bob Dylan write in a confessional ‘singer songwriter’ style while others like say, Bruno Mars go straight for the pop hit list jugular. Either way, they are both very good at what they do. Bob Dylan of course has many imitators but it actually isn’t as easy to write that kind of song as many people think. Irrespective of your writing style, if you want people to listen to it, it DOES have to be catchy. So, you need what is known as a ‘hook’. Now, a lot of misinformed folk out there think of Bob Dylan as being a droning repetitive sort of folkster, but think of his song “Blowin’ in the Wind’…..pretty catchy huh? That’s just one of many hit songs he wrote. Just because it’s low fi doesn’t mean it isn’t hooky. If something appeals to a large number of people AND more tellingly, resonates through time, then it obviously has hit a major chord somewhere. Ha. Sorry, couldn’t resist! You can have great lyrics but unless you can sell it with a great hook, it won’t cut through. So be honest, how strong is your hook? And remember, it doesn’t have to be a vocal hook. How many good songs have been made great by awesome guitar riffs? Eric Claptons Layla is a classic example. And of course can we ever go past Hotel California or Stairway to Heaven for guitar based classic pop songs? On a more recent note songs like Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes is a great example. Very simple riff of a few notes elevates and already compelling song to another level. So, people……..hooks.