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101 Songwriting Prompts

101 Prompts For Songwriting

Are you stuck?

 

Do you wanna write a hit song?

Well this is the guide for you. I’ve spent the last hours of my life coming up with great song ideas so you don’t have to! If you’re stuck on figuring out what to write about, take one of these random suggestions and roll with it! (This is complete brain vomit, so don’t expect any semblance of organization!)

 

101 Song Prompts

Prompts 1-25

  1. Write a song about your favorite food
  2. Write a song about your worst enemy
  3. Write a love song for your pet
  4. Write a song about being lost in the wilderness
  5. Write a song from the perspective of a melting snowman
  6. Write a breakup song for your least favorite season
  7. Write a song about getting revenge on someone who wronged you
  8. Write a song about your biggest fear
  9. Write a song about an embarrassing moment in your life
  10. Write a song about your hometown
  11. Write a song about your favorite TV show
  12. Write a song about your favorite movie
  13. Write a song about your favorite book
  14. Write a song about your favorite food
  15. Write a song about your favorite color
  16. Write a song about your favorite season
  17. Write a song about your favorite animal
  18. Write a song about your favorite place
  19. Write a song about your favorite thing to do
  20. Write a song about your best friend
  21. Write a song about your family
  22. Write a song about school
  23. Write a song about love
  24. Write a song about heartbreak
  25. Write a song about happiness

Prompts 26-50

  1. Write a song about sadness
  2. Write a song about anger
  3. Write a song about fear
  4. Write a song about hope 
  5. Write a song about dreams
  6. A love song for an inanimate object 
  7. A break-up song for two people who were never actually dating 
  8. A song about being sick of love songs 
  9. A song from the perspective of a social media addict 
  10. A song about being ghosted 
  11. A song about being catfished 
  12. A song about an ex who was really bad in bed 
  13. A song about an ex who was really good in bed 
  14. A song about an embarrassing hookup 
  15. A song about getting revenge on an ex 
  16. A song about being friend-zoned 
  17. A song about being in the “friend zone” 
  18. A song from the perspective of a stalker 
  19. A love song for someone you’ve never met 
  20. A love song for someone you’ve only met online 
  21. A love song for a fictional character 
  22. A break-up song that’s also a dance anthem 
  23. A heartbreak ballad
  24. An ode to your favorite body part 
  25. A sexy slow jam about doing the dishes

Prompts 51-75

  1. A break-up song from the perspective of an inanimate object that was witness to the break-up (e.g. a coffee mug, a pair of shoes, a doormat, etc.) 
  2. A love song from the perspective of a villain 
  3. A song about being fed up with society 
  4. A song about being ghosted by a friend or lover 
  5. A song about an ex who you still can’t get over 
  6. A song about craving someone or something that’s bad for you 
  7. A song about feeling lost and alone 
  8. A song about feeling like an outsider 
  9. A song about finding your voice 
  10. A song about growing up too fast or too slow 
  11. A song about hope in the face of adversity 
  12. A song about fighting for what you believe in 
  13. A song about standing up for yourself 
  14. A song about making mistakes and learning from them 
  15. A song about taking risks and jumping into the unknown 
  16. A song about second chances and redemption 
  17. A song about finding your way back home  
  18. A song inspired by your favorite book, movie, or TV show  
  19. A ballad for your favorite city, town, or country  
  20. A song about the importance of self-love
  21. A song about finding joy in life’s simple moments
  22. A song from the perspective of a butterfly going through metamorphosis
  23. A love song for someone you’ve only seen from afar
  24. A break-up song for two people who weren’t officially together but still have feelings
  25. An ode to getting older and embracing change

Prompts 75-101

  1. A heartbreak ballad that pays tribute to resilience
  2. A dance anthem about overcoming obstacles
  3. A slow jam inspired by your favorite artist
  4. A rap battle between two fictional characters
  5. An upbeat track dedicated to all those times when things didn’t go as planned
  6. A storyteller-style tune reflecting on life’s lessons
  7. An emotional ballad conveying hope during times of grief
  8. An ode celebrating summer days spent outdoors
  9. An acoustic folk tune about finding inner peace
  10. A reggae rocker dedicated to doing good
  11. An electro pop banger encouraging everyone to be their true selves
  12. A disco funk classic dedicated to celebrating diversity
  13. An EDM rave track encouraging everyone to keep dancing
  14. A song inspired by the night sky
  15. An ode to a hometown hero
  16. A rap battle between two historical figures
  17. A spiritual hymn about finding inner strength
  18. An upbeat track dedicated to making your own rules
  19. A love story in the form of a country western ballad
  20. Write a song as if you were a different person
  21. Write a song from the perspective of an alien looking at earth
  22. Write a song about glass houses
  23. Write a song about your heart being a stone
  24. Write a song about your first memory
  25. Write a song about unrequited love
  26. Write a song about living your dreams

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