1. Nothing Is More Important Than Melody
Dallas Davidson, 12 Number One Hits: I used to think that lyrics were the number-one driving force in a good song, but I find that over my years writing these songs, that it's not. You got to have a melody; if you don’t, nobody gives a shit. You can be ridin' down the road and you hear something that feels so good and you want to sing along to it. Then they learn the words to your song.
Shane Minor, 4 Number One Hits: I know Nashville is so lyric-driven, which is great, but now they’re becoming more like it was when I was in Los Angeles. Working there, it was all groove and melody-driven; that’s what drove the song.
Craig Wiseman, 22 Number One Hits: I think one of the reasons country is so popular now is because that part of pop songwriting has come into it. You hear that repetitive hook in songs by Florida Georgia Line, by Luke Bryan. It can be so simple and so fun. It ain't friggin' rocket surgery, man, it's just popular music!