Poll: Lyrics or Melody?
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View poll results: Lyrics or Melody?
Lyrics
15 15%
Melody
62 61%
TEH METALZZ!
25 25%
Voters: 102.
#1
Hello Pit.
I'm having a discussion with someone about which is more important, Lyrics or Melody.
My argument is that you don't necessarily need lyrics to feel a song. She is saying that the lyrics help you feel more.
I'm also saying that lyrics are slightly more constricting on the interpretation side of things.
Opinions?
#2
you need both, it's just not an option to have one without the other I guess... I mean you could have a melody without lyrics, but if it's not an instrumental, it's not going to work very well. Also if you have lyrics without a melody, then you're even more screwed. you need both to have a well written song period.
#3
If soulja boy had a good melody do you think it would make the song more acceptable?

exactly.

lyrics > melody
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#5
Melody. You don't need lyrics to feel a song. Look at bands like Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, and Yndi Halda.
#6
I can't constrain myself to one option, because the melody is meant to bring more depth where the lyrics leave off, and without the lyrics, the melody would grow to be repetitive and boring. You need both in a clever mix to accurately make good songs.
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#7
Well, melody without lyrics is instrumental music. It's still music.

Lyrics without melody are poetry. Not music.

Therefore, melody is more important to the song itself.
#9
I say lyrics. There is only so much you can express with a melody, as opposed to lyrics. Lyrics are also less limited by genres. But ofcourse they work hand in hand, and a good song says something powerful with the lyrics that is underlined by the melody.
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And melody.
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#17
Most people can't even understand the lyrics.
Melody FTW.
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#19
I say you need both to feel a song...
You can have a song with only a melody, but it lacks a reason.
You can also have a song without melody, (rap).
A song, to me at least, needs both to be good.
Lyrics to give it a story or point, the melody as a way to present it.
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#20
I am an extremely big fan of instrumentals and for me lyrics are absolutely secondary.
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#21
Depends on the genre, and on what kind of message you're getting across. Both are equal; a bad tune or bad lyrics can ruin a song equaly well, just as good lyrics or a good tune can make a song awesome.
#24
I chose melody. hrdcorelaxplaya pretty much hit a bullseye. No melody = poetry.
#25
No melody does not mean it's peotry. Music has melody, harmony, and rhythm.
And to anyone who says classical music has no lyrics, Bach was famous for using no melody and instead used shorter motifs(sp?) instead.
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#26
TEH METALZZ! is higher than lyrics. Eat that Dylan!
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#27
Melody definitely. Look at instrumental music. Where are the lyrics?
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#28
If you're talking about songs, then both are equally important. But if just music in general, then melody is more important.




#29
Good lyrics aren't necessary, but they make the song a jillion times more meaningful and memorable.
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#30
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Hello Pit.
I'm having a discussion with someone about which is more important, Lyrics or Melody.
My argument is that you don't necessarily need lyrics to feel a song. She is saying that the lyrics help you feel more.
I'm also saying that lyrics are slightly more constricting on the interpretation side of things.
Opinions?
TEH METALZZ!

... well it is the best answer. It's as stupid as the question.

And your side of the argument is horribly stated.

Melody? What about harmony, dissonance, counterpoint and dozens of other musical nuances that are available in MUSIC. Melody alone is rather pale and limited.
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#31
Lyrics are unnecessary for a song to be good, because the "melody" is what makes up the song. If lyrics were required, then instrumental music and almost all classical music would suck.
#34
honestly lyrics all the way!
coz the lyrics gives out the true meaning in a song.
there are many songs with great melodies but have realy bad, stupid lyrics.
although if you can get both that is great but IMO lyrics is better.
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#35
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You can have a song with only a melody, but it lacks a reason.


Not true - music can create images and emotions. Surely you know this.


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You can also have a song without melody, (rap).


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#36
When lyrics are sung, it is a type of melody. Did you think of that?
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