How Songs Are Really Made

Canadian illustrator John Atkinson reveals the anatomy of different styles of songs.

Anatomy of blues songs.


Anatomy of country songs.

Anatomy of indie songs.

Anatomy of pop songs.

Anatomy of classic rock songs.

Anatomy of bluegrass songs.

Anatomy of rap songs.

Anatomy of jazz songs.

Anatomy of folk songs.

Anatomy of punk songs.

Anatomy of metal songs.

Anatomy of classical songs.

Anatomy of EDM songs.

Anatomy of grunge songs.

Anatomy of new age songs.



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  1. Not Sure January 26, 2019

    Rap is bad poetry with a manic drum accompaniment.

  2. Anonymous January 26, 2019

    sounds about right

  3. Anonymous January 27, 2019

    I think this is useless, but it’s not sad.

  4. Anonymous January 27, 2019

    Metal has the meedley guitar, but where’s the squeedley guitar? I question the author’s credentials…

  5. Markus January 27, 2019

    Agree on all descriptions no matter how much they negatively apply to my own work

  6. Terry hoosh January 28, 2019

    No funk?

  7. Panda January 28, 2019

    yes. we want the funk. gotta have the funk

  8. Judah January 29, 2019

    I wish I liked any of these music enough to feel insulted

  9. Hornblat January 29, 2019

    Funk = Slap Bass intro – AAAaaaaawwww ( deep voice like Sugarfoot ) – Finding Lover,Feeding Lover,Woooing Lover,


  10. Hornblat January 29, 2019

    Loving Lover,Leaving Lover – Keyboard Moog Solo -AAAaaaaWWWW ( sexually Satisfied Deep Voice ) Slap Bass Outro – then gel hand sanitizer used

  11. sigfy February 1, 2019

    You just forgot about alcohol in country songs, otherwise right on point :)

  12. Anonymous January 7, 2020

    A bit stereotypical really. Metal has more variation than. Don’t disrespect my music

  13. Alanis Morissette March 18, 2020

    He nailed it, ironically.

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