Poll: What's the most important thing for you in a song?
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View poll results: What's the most important thing for you in a song?
Guitar solo
50 26%
Guitar tone
82 42%
Lyrics
68 35%
Melody
146 76%
Production
58 30%
Singer's voice
84 44%
Other (specify)
39 20%
Voters: 193.
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#1
The title says all. Please vote up to 3 things.

For me they are melody, production and singer's voice. If they are not good I can't listen to the song, no matter if it has killer solo, riffs and lyrics.
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#3
All of these + bass and drums
Being a bassist, bass is pretty important to me
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#4
IDK, a lot of it.

solo helps, most important is overall rythm melody i guess. Although other components make that song memorable.
#8
I voted 'Singer's voice' as that's what throws me off a lot of music. If the guitar sounds weird or the melody is odd etc. I'll give it a listen but if the vocalist sounds like a pre-pubescent teenage girl then it's all too much for me.
#9
the feeling.
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#10
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The most important thing for me is that I enjoy it.

If I don't enjoy the song, none of that stuff matters. If I do enjoy the song, none of that stuff matters more than anything else.


This is pretty much how I feel, but in regards to stuff that can throw me off an otherwise enjoyable song... it's probably the singer's voice. A bad singer can be tolerated in a good song, it just ruins it most of the time.


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#11
Melody, production, singers voice and other.

Production mainly because I hate when an album isn't mixed quite right, it drives me crazy.

The singers voice because generally that's the main focus.
And other is the actual music. The singer can be average, the lyrics can be average, but as long as the music is good I'm happy.
#12
I voted other because I like the technical side of the playing and I consider it important.
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#15
Mind, heart and balls.

Mind = Interesting sounding, possibly by being technical or progressive, or unpredictable in any way
Heart = A strong mood or emotion
Balls = Sort of hard to explain, but awesome catchy choruses, memorable riffs or melodies, strong memorable rhythmic stuff, the epic bits in songs that people write out in all caps and post in the band's thread, that sort of thing.

That's how I think of it, anyway. Lyrics, production, good playing and a singer with a good voice are all nice, but they're not really the song.
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#16
What's up with all the votes for 'melody'? Wusses.
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#18
I went for the last 5 options. 'Other' being the piece as a whole.
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#20
melody, guitar solo and the bit in the song when the instruments all go off (Save maybe drums) and the chorus is sung by the singer/live crowd with great gusto
#22
I can't listen to a song with horrible guitar tone or a singer with a weird/annoying/bad voice.

I also prefer songs with substance. Something with good construction that you can tell was carefully put together, not some crappy powerchord riff over and over with the bassist playing the root note with everything.
#23
Quote by whalepudding
Mind, heart and balls.

Mind = Interesting sounding, possibly by being technical or progressive, or unpredictable in any way
Heart = A strong mood or emotion
Balls = Sort of hard to explain, but awesome catchy choruses, memorable riffs or melodies, strong memorable rhythmic stuff, the epic bits in songs that people write out in all caps and post in the band's thread, that sort of thing.

That's how I think of it, anyway. Lyrics, production, good playing and a singer with a good voice are all nice, but they're not really the song.


I like this, these three elements can make a killer song.
#24
For me, I want to always hear at least one REALLY GREAT RIFF! Every song needs an awesome riff in it. I'm very guitar oriented in that sense...

What kind of song are you talking about? A prog metal song? A country song? A blues song? Jazz song? Rock song?

Regardless of the genre, I want to always hear original guitar work. The vocal melody is important too, I hate it when bands have really boring vocal melodies, but if the guitar work is good enough, it won't matter. However I think it all comes hand in hand. If a writer is talented enough to come up with good guitar work he should be able to come up with a decent vocal melody too.
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#25
That "thing" in a song.
I have no idea what it is.

Having said that, I can appreciate a good melody or drums or whatever.
...In my opinion.
#27
melody is very important. it's the backbone/skeleton of the song.

next i would say the singer's voice. I've listened to a lot of music where it sounded really cool until the singer started singing then it killed it. Then again, my favorite band is guns n' roses and a lot of people really detest axl's singing so idk. I just think it's more important than the other options.

lastly, i put other. In particular i would say dynamics and song flow are very important. I like songs that are very dynamic - songs that take you on an emotional journey of sorts. I love powerful intros followed by huge riffs, or cool breakdowns followed by an epic instrumental or chorus. I'm not a big fan of songs that just bombard you for five minutes straight without giving you a chance to catch your breath. I'm also not a big fan of songs that just jump around from part to part without any real cohesiveness.
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#29
Melody and singer's voice.
But also bass and drums are a very important parts of a song.
#30
I can't pick a favourite part of it, I like songs that have many good things blending together.
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#33
- Production
- Lyrics
- Guitar Tone
- Singers Voice
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#35
The songwriting. That's it, really. Whether it has a solo or not or so on is immaterial, as long as it works, whatever genre it is. Obviously, if the singer's voice is particularly obnoxious or it sounds like it's recorded down a phone line, underwater, in a bin, then yeah, that might put me off, but hopefully the songwriting skill should still shine through.
#37
Aslong as there's lots of teh br00talz.
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#38
The feeling and how its played means a lot to me. That's the main reason why i'm listening to punk and grunge. It's because they dont give a **** and just plays what THEY want. Not what most people wants to listen to.
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#39
Songwriting. So, other, i guess, although i do appreciate a particularly unique or warm voice.
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