#1
i was having a conversation with this guy, and i ended up making some comment like "the lyrics are like the least important component of a song," and he went off on me, saying they were the MOST important part of a song.

now i know that a song really can't survive without any of its parts, but as far as you guys are concerned, what's the most important/valuable part of a song? I go with the relationship between the melody and the underlying chords/notes, as that clash is what gives the tension/release effect, but there are many other things to consider as well.
#3
Your friend has never heard of Instrumentals, has he?
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#5
Lyrics are secondary to music for me. I wouldn't listen to any death metal if I listened to music mainly for lyrics...
#9
Hard to say...

I can't listen to a song with amazing lyrics but horrible melody or rhythm. It ruins the whole thing. But if you switch it around and the lyrics are horrible but the melody is awesome, then it might be acceptable.
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#12
Some for the lyrics, some for the music, simple as that. For me at least. There are even the rare songs that really, really excell at both (like most Smiths songs.)
#14
The melody of the instruments and the vocals.
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#15
Lyrics aren't the most important but it helps if they don't completely suck.

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#16
I agree with you Glen, I don't think lyrics are too important either, but I also think lyrics are the most important parts of songs in certain styles of music. Stuff like hey there dililah where it's practically lyrics with some quiet guitar underneath the lyrics, then I'd say lyrics are most important to that song, but when the song focuses on the musicians and the singer concentrates more on pitch than what he's actually saying, I don't find lyrics important at all.
I guess for my styles (classic rock and blues) I think the most important part = chord progression played by rhythym guitarist. It kind of sets up the feel for the entire song in my opinion.
#18
as long as the music has good melodies. not a good melody, many of them. at the same time. like classical music. classical music ftw!
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#19
Instruments for sure but it really depends on the genre, in pop for example lyrics and the vocalists are definantly the most important.
#20
The atmosphere. That's why I love Nirvana. The atmosphere and feel in those songs is just unbelievable. Pantera as well, a battery on my senses to the feeling of the literal end of the world.

I love atmosphere in mah songs
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#21
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The atmosphere. That's why I love Nirvana. The atmosphere and feel in those songs is just unbelievable. Pantera as well, a battery on my senses to the feeling of the literal end of the world.

I love atmosphere in mah songs

That's not atmosphere. What you might find soothing in Nirvana, might be the worst music on Earth to the person next to you, but I don't see how that's possible with Nirvana. Just saying.
#22
it rlly depends on the genre i guess. If i'm listening to like a black metal or death metal song, I hardly care what the lyrics are, as long as it's brutal screaming , and the guitar riffs are killer. but if it's like a rap song, then i actually do care wat they're saying cuz the music is just a loop, but the lyrics are actually the only thing they have to sell, unless it's a phat beat like soulja boy or something lol
#23
well... i think it depends on the genre... if you're listening to tech metal you're probably a big fan of intense musicianship, if you like pop punk you're probably all about the lyrics.
#24
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i was having a conversation with this guy, and i ended up making some comment like "the lyrics are like the least important component of a song," and he went off on me, saying they were the MOST important part of a song.

now i know that a song really can't survive without any of its parts, but as far as you guys are concerned, what's the most important/valuable part of a song? I go with the relationship between the melody and the underlying chords/notes, as that clash is what gives the tension/release effect, but there are many other things to consider as well.

i would seperate the the song into music and lyrics. music>lyrics