How to Name a Song You've Written

So you've penned a song, and are happy enough with it to name it. Naming a song is a labor of love, creativity and insight into what a listener should get out of it, making it oh-so-hard-and-crucial to get right.


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    Take a look at what you've written. Without having a general overview of what you have really done, you can't hope to synopsize it properly with a title.
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    Think hard: would it make sense to take a line from the chorus and use it as the title, or does the song deserve something more creative? Think about what the song is saying from the perspective of the narrator, or what a listener would say the song is about. Try to draw a connection to both the narrator and listener: a common emotion that both may experience.
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    Find the proper wording for this emotion. Sometimes, this is best to sleep on for a night or two.
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    Once you settle on a phrase or word that perfectly describes everything you, the narrator of the song and the listener would experience through the song, you have your title.
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    Also think about what made you write the song in the first place. If the source of your creation is an object or even a person, you can't be wrong to include references to the object or person in the name.
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    Lastly, see if there is a specific recipient to which you want to dedicate the song. You should think about what the person would like and what kind of feelings or thoughts would the name you have come up with stir up in their mind. In that way the name does not necessarily have to connect to the content very closely.


  • Just think about it casually; forced work or planned work sometimes isn't as good as a sudden idea in a coffee shop. Matt Groening created the Simpsons in an office; it just came to him.
  • Truly, a song title should give a short yet powerful synopsis of what the song is about. This is where instrumentals and lyrical songs truly differ.
  • Let people be able to tell what the name of the song is by elaborating that part of the song a little more.
  • Just close your eyes, and just really think about what your song says. It will come to you.
  • Look at how other artists name their songs, but don't steal them.
  • The title should summarize the meaning or story of the song in a few words.
  • If the name is not as perfect as the song itself, it's okay because after all the song is what people would remember and comment on, the name is just a phrase for people to refer to the song.
  • Giving a song a name should be very personal, but at times obvious. Learn to notice the difference between a deeper title and obvious title; and learn to notice when to use which.
  • Be creative: delve into synthetic names if you think you are bridging senses in a song.


  • Don't intentionally steal names.
  • Just because you have thought long and hard over a song title, it doesn't mean it'll be effective.
  • Don't make it too long. Short titles are more effective (and memorable) than long ones.

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