Five Different Endings You Can Use in Your Songwriting
As with our post focusing on a few different types of intros you can use for your songwriting, we’re taking a look here at a variety of ways you can end your songs. As with any part of the songwriting process, there are no hard and fast rules you need to follow – these endings simply highlight some more commonplace methods to end songs.
Ultimately – you can end a song however you want and experimentation with your song’s endings will lead to dozens of other examples beyond the six listed here.
1. End With The Chorus
One of the more common songwriting closers is to end with your chorus. Generally, your chorus is the more memorable part of a song, so ending with it helps reinforce that section of your song in the listener’s mind and if your chorus is catchy enough this is a great way to make your song more of an “earworm”.
2. End With A Chorus Modulated With A Key Change
Repeating the chorus but with that chorus modulated via a key change is a great way to hit the listener with something unexpected at the end of the song. Songs like “Perfect Illusion” by Lady Gaga, or “Love Story” by Taylor Swift all feature ending choruses that modulate up as the ending. This tends to create a very explosive and uplifting end to the song and leaves the song ending (musically) on a high note.
3. End With a Final Verse
For more lyrically dense music or music that contains more of a storytelling element to it you may find the need to resolve any lyrical themes by ending your song with a final verse. This may be where a twist ending occurs, or where you can add a sense of finality to the story – much like the afterword of a book might.
4. End With A Coda
A Coda is typically a part of a song introduced to the listener near the end of the song, and typically used as a way to end the song as well. The Beatles make heavy use of these types of endings throughout their catalog. “Hey Jude” ends with a coda (Naa, Naa, Naa endings) as does “All You Need is Love” (She Loves You Yeahh Yeahh Yeah).
5. Tag at The End
it’s very common to use a tag at the end, either a key line of the song, or the hook, or even something completely new that ends it (opposite of separate intro). You will typically see songwriters repeat the last line of the chorus or the last line of the ending verse.
We hope to continue to expand the resources we can provide songwriters, and while the ending is an important part there’s plenty more to go! When your songs are finished Planetary Group is available to help musicians share their work with the rest of the world. To hear more about the full array of radio promotions services Planetary Group can offer to musicians, call (323) 952-5050 today.