Lyrics & Form assignment

Musical Form

Pop songs can be broken down into different sections. Usually, those sections follow the same order and structure. The order or structure of a song is called "form". Watch the video to understand the different elements of a song, and the form of most pop songs.

Try to define these terms as you watch the video:

  • Verse
  • Pre-Chorus
  • Chorus
  • Bridge

"Stitches" Form

Watch the lyrics video for Shawn Mendes' Stitches. Try to identify the verses, pre-chorus, choruses, and bridge.

Pop Song Form:

Most pop songs follow the same structure or form:

  1. Verse 1 - tells the story of the song
  2. Pre-chorus - building section, prepares listener for the chorus
  3. Chorus - the main part of the song, usually the song's name is in the chorus
  4. Verse 2 - continues the story of the song
  5. Pre-chorus
  6. Chorus
  7. Bridge - different section that "bridges" to the final chorus
  8. Chorus

Assignment Instructions:

Click the form link below. Listen to a pop song, search the lyrics online and paste them in the form. Identify the verses, pre-chorus, chorus, and bridge sections. Label them in the form and submit when finished.