For me, what makes a great song is how much feeling goes into every aspect of the song. I love it when you can tell that the artists really mean what they sing, which is why, in my opinion, lyrics can make or break a song. When I'm writing for We the Kings, I make sure that I don't force any phrases or words into the music that don't sound natural. I love listening to music, especially being a songwriter, and hearing how other artists wrote their songs; so I've combined a list of my 10 favorites! Here you go, have fun :)
In this song, he is able to use probably the most lyrics I've ever heard in a song without sounding congested. He's had "bigger" songs, but this one is my jam!
I always thought the Police were a good mix between rock and hip-hop in the weirdest way. This song has both with the beat of the drums mixed with the raspy voice.
In my opinion, one of the most emotional songs ever written. I read the biography of Eric Clapton not too long ago and it was awesome reading about his life and how he made it. The song 'Tears in Heaven' was written in memory of his son.
I love Chris Martin's voice and the way he uses his lyrics. This song is epic and gives me chills when I listen to it. Coldplay really expresses their music talent, and I try to express my writing techniques like them.
One of the best written songs by Ben Gibbard in my opinion. It talks about a father who was absent from alcohol and didn't support his family. When he passed away everyone realized that he was "not quite the father, but the doner of seeds." Even though I had a really great upbringing and childhood, it made me realize the real world is not always so peachy. Plus let's be honest, Ben Gibbard just married Zooey Deschanel....haha that rules.
This band was the reason I started writing songs as a kid. I wanted to be like Blink more than anything in the world. This song is one of my favorites because it reminds me of all my friends and family that I miss while I'm on tour.
My dad was always a big Boston fan. He got a CD player for Christmas one year and played Boston's Greatest Hits non-stop. All I wanted to hear was 'More Than a Feeling' every time we listened to that CD.
I feel like I live my life to these lyrics. "Don't worry about a thing, because every little thing is gonna be alright." Such an amazing artist who stood for peace, love and hope.
My mom taught me how to play this song when I was 12 years-old learning guitar. To this day I still think it is my favorite Beatles song!
I remember the video for this song when everyone shows up to the party in their underwear. I always thought it was a cool song about being yourself. We the Kings also covered this song and it was so fun to play live.