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Best Songwriter Quotes Ever Written

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Annika Hope


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If you are a songwriter, you know that it takes time and effort to create the perfect song. But when you get it right, there is nothing like it. Especially when your fans love it and it is a success. Today, we have collated the best songwriter quotes for you from some pretty renowned artists. 

There is no one secret to songwriting. It takes practice, experimentation, and dedication.

Songwriter Quotes

Songwriting Tips

Before we hear from the musicians themselves, here are some tips to write the best song. 

1. Start with a strong hook or melody.

2. Brainstorm ideas and write down anything that comes to mind.

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sounds and genres.

4. Work on the lyrics until they tell a story or convey an emotion.

5. Listen to other songs and be inspired by them.

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback.

7. Keep writing and rewriting until you feel satisfied.

Songwriting Quotes

Songwriting is my way of channeling my feelings and my thoughts. Not just mine, but the things I see, and the people I care about. My head would explode if I didn’t get some of that stuff out. Dolly Parton

As far as songwriting goes, my inspirations came from love, life, death, and viewing other people’s situations. Ed Sheeran

I consider music to be storytelling, melody, and rhythm. A lot of hip-hop has broken music down. There are no instruments and no songwriting. So you’re left with just storytelling and rhythm. And the storytelling can be so braggadocious, you’re just left with rhythm. Jack White

All is fair in love and songwriting. Norah Jones

Bike riding is great for your thinking. I can’t say I’ve written an entire tune while cycling, but riding has definitely inspired songwriting ideas. Allan Holdsworth

I don’t believe that songwriting has to be profound, but I truly believe that it’s a crime for you to go outta your way for it not to be. Steve Earle

We have that storytelling history in country and bluegrass and old-time and folk music, blues – all those things that combine to make up the genre. It was probably storytelling before it was songwriting, as far as country music is concerned. It’s fun to be a part of that and tip the hat to that. You know, and keep that tradition alive. Chris Stapleton

Performing is the easiest part of what I do, and songwriting is the hardest. Neil Diamond

If you pour your life into songs, you want them to be heard. It’s a desire to communicate. A deep desire to communicate inspires songwriting. Bono

Songwriting’s a weird game. I never intended to become one – I fell into this by mistake, and I can’t get out of it. It fascinates me. I like to point out the rawer points of life. Keith Richards

Making sounds that literally no one has ever heard before because the software and the technology’s never been there, and pairing that with great songwriting, then that’s what’s exciting for me. That’s what I wanna do. Flume

The Zombies were really unique – they had elements of jazz and classical music in their songs and songwriting. They had a very, very different sound compared to a lot of their contemporaries at the time. Paul Weller

There have been many times when a producer will say, ‘I don’t think you want to say that.’ We were told we shouldn’t be so brutally honest about songwriting or radio or the industry. Tyler Joseph

At 18, I got a publishing deal, so I was like, ‘I can do this for real and not go to college.’ When I was a teenager, my parents dragged me to a lot of songwriting conventions. Meghan Trainor

I think songwriting was the biggest way that I found my identity. Camila Cabello

My songwriting is very personal. The music that influenced me was so impactful that had I grown up somewhere else, I know I would still write the same way I do because of those influences. Phoebe Bridgers

I love Frank Ocean. For me, ‘Channel Orange’ is the best LP ever. I love his voice, the songwriting, everything. Stormzy

Songwriting’s never been a natural art for me; it’s always been a bit of a struggle. Rod Stewart

Closing Thoughts

Those are the best quotes from songwriters today, I hope you have enjoyed them as much as we did! If you can choose a specific emotion that you want to convey in your song this will help guide the lyrics and melody. Remember to get feedback on your song from others as you can see if the song works before you release it into the world. Happy songwriting!


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