“Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus” – Dave Grohl Explains, Plus Five Essential Songs that Start with the Chorus

Say you’ve got song and you’re struggling with the format. Maybe you’ve got a chorus but aren’t sure how to highlight it. Maybe that intro you’re working on isn’t cutting it…. well maybe you should just start out with the chorus.

In the video below Dave Grohl talks to Kyle Gass of Tenacious D about how to write a hit song including why you should start with the chorus. This video is hilarious and informative and is a MUST WATCH. Seriously, watch this video.

Here’s Dave to explain…

There you go – it’s simple: “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus.”

Even though Dave is talking about writing hits and Aerosmith, punk and hardcore bands do this too. Here are examples of great songs that do it.

Piebald – “American Hearts”


Piebald jumps right into this awesome chorus that makes a great use of an opening line and a minor 7 chord. Expect to see more Piebald coverage soon.

Descendents – “I’m the One”


A little known secret is that the last two Descendents albums are as good as any other in their catalog. This song starts out with a little bit of an intro before blasting right into the chorus.

Bane – “Can We Start Again”


Even hardcore bands can start with the chorus and there is maybe no better example than this classic of 00’s hardcore. Bane is currently winding down, but will be remembered as one of the best ever.

The Thermals – “Born to Kill”


The Thermals are a band that writes what I call “airtight power-pop songs” – a concept you can read more about here. This song starts right out with the chorus and contains a great first line.

Operation Ivy – “Sound System”


Here’s another classic song that starts with a short intro before really starting with the chorus. This song also qualifies as a love-letter to music.

If you’re not convinced that starting with the chorus can work in punk, there are others like ALL’s “Shreen” and Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s version of “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates.

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