Study today’s hits. Learn songwriting from the pro’s.

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. I ‘m adding new songs all the time. Bookmark this page or subscribe to my newsletter to get updates by email.

NEW: “PLAY IT AGAIN” – Luke Bryan

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:

(To search by genre, see “Study the Hits” in the sidebar.)

“All My Days” – Alexi Murdoch (Genre – Singer-Songwriter, Film & TV songs)

“Almost Lover” – A Fine Frenzy (Genre – 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)

“Gone, Gone, Gone” – Phillip Phillips (Genre – Folk/Rock)

“Grenade” – Bruno Mars (Genre – Pop)

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

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

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

“I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice (Genre – Country)

“I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz (Genre – Pop, Singer-Songwriter)

“If I Were a Boy” – Beyoncé (Genre – Pop)

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

“Let Her Go” – Passenger (Genre – Contemporary Folk)

“Play It Again” – Luke Bryan (Genre – Contemporary Country)

“Poison and Wine” – The Civil Wars (Genre – Indie Folk)

“Rolling In the Deep” – Adele (Genre – Pop, Adult Contemporary)

“Royals” – Lorde   (Genre – Pop, Singer-Songwriter/Urban)

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

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

“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” – Kelly Clarkson (Genre – Pop)

“Tattoos On This Town” – Jason Aldean (Genre – Country)

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

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

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