Have a song idea? Often, one of the hardest parts of putting all the parts together is coming up with a suitable title or name for it. Finding the right title is a challenge that possibly every songwriter has had to grapple with at some point.
Luckily, there are a number of ways to overcome this hurdle. Here are a few tips on how to brainstorm the perfect name.
Write the Chorus First
Most often than not, the title of a song will be in its chorus. As a result, once you get the chorus down or even a hook, you’ll possibly take care of the song’s name, or at least a working title.
Combine Nouns With Adjectives and Verbs
The subject of a song is usually a person, a place, or thing. Chances are you will be describing it in some way during the course of the song. To make it easier to come up with a title, create 2-3 columns on a piece of paper. In one column, write down the noun, along with its possible variations; in the others, write down all the adjectives that can describe the noun, as well as any suitable verb that goes with both. You can even pair nouns and verbs separately for even more naming options. Next, choose the option that you feel is most catchy and best captures the essence of your song.
Use a Song Name Generator
There are a number of websites that you can go to and plug in a few keywords or phrases related to your song idea. The song name generator will then give you a list of possible song titles to choose from. Note that the options given are often generic, so you might need to modify the chosen name somewhat, but at least it’s an option to consider if you’re fresh out of ideas.
Ask for Help
Although creating a song is an intimate process, you can ask a trusted friend or family member to help you out with a title from time to time. If you have an online following, you can even throw it out to your fans to name your next song.
A good song title can determine whether a song does well or not. As such, you should spend time making sure the one you choose will at least get the attention of listeners.