A song needs to be listened too. That is why it exists! Song forms are just one mechanism, in a whole chain of mechanisms, intended to attract and hold onto listeners. We create songs with the elements of song structure. For a review of song structure, please see the post: What is Song Structure?
In a nutshell, a song can be broken into pieces that we can then use to string together into a songs form. Here are those basic building blocks of a song along with the letters that we use to denote them.
Traditionally a 32-bar song form where each section is 8-bars long. Two verses or A sections, a contrasting B section (the bridge or “middle-eight”) and a return of the verse in one last A section.
Over the years there have been many songs written in AABA form. Here is a short list of songs that you probably know.
- George Gershwin “I Got Rhythm“
- Jerry Lee Lewis‘ “Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
- The Everly Brothers‘ “All I Have to Do is Dream” (1958)
- The Shirelles‘ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
- The Beach Boys‘ “Surfer Girl” (1963)