Hit songs and Good songs don’t seem any different once you like a song because it is “popular”. If you’re a music consumer, you would have come across the term “hit song”. Some people would argue that the meaning of the said term is subjective. Others like us would turn to the normative idea of dictionary meanings.
The purpose of this piece is to clarify Mhojohub’s meaning of hits and good songs. This is in a bid to emphasize that they are different. It is important to note that in this piece, we are of the opinion that “a hit song” means the same thing everywhere. A “good song” should mean the same thing everywhere as well. However, subjective views are still welcome in the comment.
What is a hit song?
Professionally a hit song is one that is replayed widely and has made huge sales. Additionally, regular radio spins of a single on a music chart, qualifies it to be a hit. Large music markets like UK and the USA consider a single to be a hit when it reaches their top 75 singles chart or top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. A hit song is highly popular across different states, in a country, or across bigger scopes like continents, or the world.
A song could also become a hit when part of the lyrics, the beat, or some hook on the song sticks with firsthand listeners. This gets the word out there faster and voila, more listeners to make it popular and imminently a hit. Drake’s One Dance, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, Shakira’s Waka Waka, Wizkid’s Ojuelegba, etc. are considered hit songs. These songs have global recognition in awards, streams, and record sales.
A hit song could be “trash” but the market makes it popular anyways. But some songs are good and were not fortunate enough to be hit songs. The aforementioned songs also double as those kinds of songs. They have great craftsmanship, soul, unique deliveries, and strong messages in them.
What is a good song?
A good song oozes quality, uniqueness, substance, and timelessness. If we stay on being objective, a layman can identify songs that are at least, appealing. So it shouldn’t be that hard to decipher a song that is good or not. Any song that has well-written content and seamless production is well on its way to being a good song.
Some music consumers aired that many unheard artists make really “good music”, but they don’t become “hits”.
Conclusively a hit song can be a good song at the same time and viz a viz. Not all good songs have ended up being hits. Owing to the fact that there are so many factors that come into play to determine how a released track performs. Almost all songs that turn into hits after release certainly had the backing of good promotion. This is same with songs that are good but didn’t become hits; there may have been zero promotion. Chance, Luck, grace, fate, or whatnot are the only way to get a good song flying like a hit, without putting in any work to promote it. Getting your song to be a hit is never really certain but we should still check all the boxes.