Study today’s hit songs. Learn songwriting from successful songwriters.

Choose a song from the list below. Watch the embedded video or buy/stream the song and listen as you read the text. You’ll get an insider’s look at the songwriting tools that are used and hear how they’re applied,  then learn to use them in your own songs.

KEEP YOUR BOOKS UPDATED: If you have my books “Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting” and ‘Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV” you’ll find references to the Shortcuts in each song to help you stay up to date.

HIT SONGS by Title:

“Beautiful Day” – Joshua Radin (Genre – Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

“Come On Get Higher” – Matt Nathanson (Genre – Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

“Dynamite” – Taio Cruz (Genre – Pop, Dance/Pop)

“Fallin’ For You” – Colbie Caillat (Genre – Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

“Grenade” – Bruno Mars (Genre – Pop)

Hands Tied” – Toni Braxton (Genre – R&B)

“Here” – Rascal Flatts (Genre – Contemporary Country)

“Hold Back the River” – James Bay (Genre – Folk/Rock)

“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert (Genre – Country)

“If I Were a Boy” – Beyoncé (Genre – R&B/Pop)

“King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles (Genre – Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

“Set Fire to the Rain” – Adele (Genre – Pop, Adult Contemporary)

“Smile” – Uncle Kracker (Genre – Pop & Country/Pop hit)

“The Sound of Madness” – Shinedown (Genre – Rock)

“These Days” – Foo Fighters (Genre – Rock)

“Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran (Genre – Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

“Why Don’t We Just Dance” – Josh Turner (Genre – Country)

“You Belong With Me” – Taylor Swift  (Genre – Country/Pop Crossover)