The Anatomy of Marvelous Music


By: Sam Marquez

Today, it’s harder than ever to distinguish what it means for a good song to be a good song. With artists swaying through different genres in just one song, it’s also hard to really describe what kind of music you like. Which puts a strain on the rules and regulations a song must go through to be deemed “good.” So, what makes good music, good music?

Is it the strums of the guitar to your favorite AC/DC song, or the beat drop in a rap song?

Personally I think “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” everyone has a unique style of music. At least that’s what I’ve observed in my many years. I, for example, range anywhere from blues of the 1920’s to classic rock, all the way to coffee house.

Some might say having heart-filled lyrics is the way to go, but by doing this, genres like classical and some EDM (electronic dance music) are completely out of the picture.

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to saying what makes good music, good music.

I came up with a sort of criteria a song needs in order to be ear candy, thanks to the help of Domenik Mora, Jesus Camacho and Gabby Gonzalez.

What it needs: (Sound)

  • To be catchy
  • Easy to listen to
  • Have a consistent beat/melody
  • Attention grabbing
  • Uniqueness
  • Versatility (When and how often you can play it)
  • Memorability

Most things are self-explanatory obviously, but not so much when you don’t really think about it. A good song needs uniqueness because who’d want to listen to that song in particular when there’s thousands of others that sound like it. Another important factor would be memorability. How long you’re going to remember it after it’s done being popular? Are you going to have nostalgic memories when your grandkids are complaining about being born in the wrong generation, while listening to Young Thug?

 What it needs: (Lyrics)

  • Heart
  • Soul
  • Rhythm
  • Flow
  • Meaning
  • Reliability
  • And essentially everything on the first list

It’s nice to listen to a song and just hear the passion the artist is portraying. It’s almost absurd how much music can make us feel such strong emotions just by listening to rhythmic words.

Truly, I can’t tell you what makes good music, good music, only you can determine that for yourself.


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