5 Tips for Writing a Rock Anthem

November 20, 2014

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

Here’s what you do to a song to make it feel like an anthem.


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Freddie Mercury - Queen "We Are the Champions"An anthem is a song that:

  1. speaks to a universal issue;
  2. speaks to (and/or as) an identifiable group of people ; and
  3. either begs for change, or acknowledges/celebrates changes that have occurred (mostly societal ones).

So in a rock anthem, you’ll either hear a lot about “we” (“We’re Not Gonna Take It” – Twisted Sister, “We Are the Champions” – Queen). You’ll also hear a lot about “you” in the plural sense (“All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles).

In any case, an anthem needs…

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