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Many artistes visit the best studios and even work with the best producers with that main aim of having a quality song that can appeal to people and get adequate airplay. These artistes spend a large sum of money just to realize their dream of having that good song for their fans. This does not however mean that recording in a big studio and paying large sums of money will guarantee for a good song.
I took my time to listen to various songs from various artistes and came up with the following as the major components of a good song.
1. UNIQUE ELEMENT
A good song should have an aspect that will make it stand out so that its considered as one of a kind. 
An artiste through his/her producer can decide and break away from common norms in the music industry and do absolutely something different from the rest. For instance, if every artiste goes for those high tempo kind of beats, an artiste can decide to use the slow and smooth kind of beats. 
An artiste can also decide to bring in a slang in the song that many people can relate to and still make some meaning to them e.g. "Haitosi" 
Examples of songs with unique elements in Kenya include MUNGU PEKEE by NYASHINKI and HAITOSI by TIMMY T DAT. 
Check them Below

                                  


                      
2. IT ISN'T DEFINED BY A GENRE
It is a fact that genres help us in choosing the songs we know we have taste in. It should also be known that when genre dictates the texture of the song itself, it becomes boringly monotonous and pretty predictable. 
Genres are made for covenience in categorizing music but they do not define music itself.
A good song should not be easily defined based on its genre. A good song should give the listeners a headache in trying to determine the genre it falls under. 

3.VOCALS SHOULD BE WELL SYNCHRONIZED WITH THE MUSIC
Neither should overpower the other. There should be an excellent balance between the two. This is where a music producer comes in. Therefore, before recording with any producer, ensure they are perfectly good at mixing and mastering of songs. 

4.MEANINGFUL LYRICS
A good songwriter writes a song that many people can relate to. A song that has a great positive impact on people. The Lyrics of a song will determine the life of a song on the airwaves. If a song is of explicit lyrics, it is bound to flop especially in Africa where people value Morals and Cultural Beliefs.
Artistes in America and parts of the Caribbean use explicit lyrics in their songs and therefore some artistes from Africa also tend to copy this trend while forgetting the kind of fans they have.

5.PERFECT INTRO
A rather bland intro of a really great song doesn't make the song really great. An intro is the most important piece of music after the outro, and the quality of it either makes or breaks a song. 
A lot of listeners just define a song by its intro and so its important to have a good one.

6.STUNNING OUTRO
This is what that differentiates a great song from a pile of good songs, and sadly most of the times it is really neglected. Most of the satisfactory songs either end with a guitar jam or rapid drumming, and thus most of the times are cliche. 
A good outro should have perfectly arranged beats. The artiste should also use words that can easily be mastered and remembered by anybody who listens to the song. 

7.EYE CATCHING SONG TITLE
The title of the song will determine if people will gain interest in it or not. I therefore advice that we come up with song titles using short words that are easily memorable. A fan should be asked your song title and immediately give an answer without straining.

8.POWERFUL VOCALS
Good and powerful vocals will make the listeners want to listen to the song more and more without getting bored. Good vocals that go in handy with the kind of instrumentals used on the song is a big plus to the artiste. 
Therefore, before hitting the booth, ensure that your voice is in perfect condition.

9.MEMORABLE
A good song is memorable all through the intro, the lyrics,outro and beat used not forgetting the song title and the name of the artiste.
A good song can easily be sang to by many people without straining. People can easily tell the title of a song by simply listening to it.

10.GOOD MUSIC VIDEO
A good song has a music video that is of high quality. The music video should clearly explain what the artiste was trying to tell through his/her audio.
A good music video has a perfect sequence of events, good location, perfect colour and a good appeal to the viewers.

Having all the above aspects in your song will surely make it a good song if not a perfect one.


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