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A hook is a musical idea, often a short riff, passage, or phrase, that is used in popular music to make a song appealing and to "catch the ear of the listener".[1] The term generally applies to popular music, especially rock, R&B, hip hop, dance, and pop. In these genres, the hook is often found in, or consists of, the chorus. A hook can be either melodic or rhythmic, and often incorporates the main motif for a piece of music.[2]

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It's pretty hard now n days to make a hit record, but your song is nearly guranteed to catch a buzz when you feature one of these artists, with such captivating and unique styles of singing, they could pretty much fart on the record and still make it catchy, heres our list of the Top 10 Best Hook Artists. Number 10: Sia Sia's music incorporates hip hop, funk and soul as a base for her vocal styling. she was ranked the 97th richest Australian person under the age of 40 by BRW magazine, with a reported net worth of $15 million dollars USD. She's responsible for writing the amazing hooks for "Titanium" by David Guetta, "Wild Ones" By Flo Rida, and "Wolves" by kanye west. Number 9: Ty Dolla Sign This vocalist is an American hip hop and R&B recording artist from Los Angeles, California. who has an amazing singing voice, he's a big reason behind the new sound of the west with dj mustard and yg. He's featured on countless artists records from wiz khalifa to kanye west, he's also featured on p.diddys most recent single "you could be my lover" Number 8: Future Best known for his trap singing style, has been targeted by many artists recently trying to steal his sound, which is responsble for bringing the atlanta trap sound all over the world. His captivating and mesmerizing hook melodies helped bring him to the top of the hip-hop elite, Which is why he is in such a high demand. Number 7: Rihanna Theres only a handful of female singers that can bring the heat on every track they touch, and rihanna is one of them. She has 3 #1 billboard hits as a featured artist, from T.I's "Live Your Life" to Eminems "Love The Way You Lie & The Monster" Number 6: R. Kelly He was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard. Throughout his career, R.Kelly has won numerous awards, including a Guinness World Record for writing and producing "You Are Not Alone" By Michael Jackson which is the first song in the 37-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one, as well as countless of other awards like Grammys, BET awards, Soul Train award, Billboard awards and many more. Number 5: Pharrell When the name pharrell pops into your head, you can quickly hear his voice also pop into your head, He released his first single "Frontin'" in 2003, and continued seeing great success even all the way up until 2014 over 11 years later with "Happy". He's known for his great melodies also as a featured artist on "Drop It Like Its Hot & Beautiful" By Snoop Dogg, and "Change Clothes, Excuse Me Miss" By Jay Z, he also wrote the hook for number 1 billboard smash "Money Maker" By Ludacris. Number 4: Akon Akon just isnt known for being the great guy he is, for example, bringing electricity to over 600 million people in africa, But is also known for his unique and unreplicated singing style, during 2004-2010 there wasnt an hour any radio station didnt play a song with a hook by akon, here is some of his featured catalog you might recognize "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani, "Soul Survivor" By Young Jeezy, and "bartender" by t-pain. Number 3: Chris Brown In this current day of age, chris breezy is getting the call to save everyones records, if you can afford his featured rate that is, which is estimated to be around $30,000 USD. I don't really think i should go over all the featured work he's done, just simply give it a quick youtube or google search, and you'll see that nearly every major artist has atleast 1 or more records featuring mr. brown. Number 2: Drake It's pretty obvious why drake is on this list, he's currently winning at the hip-hop game of thrones, setting trends and styles all over the music industry, with countless hits and hooks you just cant get out of your head. If you could get him on a hook, then theres no other person you would need. Number 1: Nate Dogg What can i say, Nate dogg is the forerunner of all hook artists, he is the "hook artist" he is truly one of the greatest, anyone on this list would agree. If nate dogg is a little out of your time frame, make sure to go check out his records ASAP, some of his greats include "Regulate" By Warren G, "21 Questions" By 50 Cent, "Area Codes" By Ludacris, "Oh No" By Dr Dre, and "Shake That" By Eminem. and that wraps up our list of the top 10 best hook artists, did we forget to mention someone on our list? make sure to let us know in the comment section below, and like always, make sure to like, share and subscribe.



One definition of a hook is "a musical or lyrical phrase that stands out and is easily remembered".[3] Definitions typically include some of the following: that a hook is repetitive, attention-grabbing, memorable, easy to dance to, and has commercial potential and lyrics. A hook has been defined as a "part of a song, sometimes the title or key lyric line, that keeps recurring".[4] Alternatively, the term has been defined as

the foundation of commercial songwriting, particularly hit-single writing", which varies in length from the repetition of "one note or a series of notes...[to] a lyric phrase, full lines, or an entire verse. The hook is 'what you're selling'. Though a hook can be something as insubstantial as a 'sound' (such as da doo ron ron), "ideally should contain one or more of the following: (a) a driving, danceable rhythm; (b) a melody that stays in people's minds; (c) a lyric that furthers the dramatic action, or defines a person or place.[5]

While some melodic hooks include skips of an octave or more to make the line more interesting, a hook can be equally catchy by employing rhythmic syncopation or other devices. A hook may also garner attention from listeners from other factors, such as the vocal timbre or instrumentation, as in the case of the Beach Boys' use of an Electro-Theremin in "Good Vibrations". Some hooks become popular without using any unusual elements. For example, in the song "Be My Baby", performed by The Ronettes, the hook consists of the words "be my baby" over the conventional I-vi-IV-V chord progression of the chorus.[5] Hooks in hip hop almost always refer to the chorus between verses; as in the lyrics to "Ice Ice Baby", "check out the hook, while my DJ revolves it", that leads into the chorus itself.

Use in market research

The hooks of a song may be used in market research to assist in gauging the popularity of a song based on the listener's ability to recognize the song's hook. Often radio stations conduct "call out" either on the Internet, via telephone, or a music test (either online or in an in-person setting) to conduct surveys. Stations may use the services of a professional "hook service" or prepare the materials themselves. In some studies, radio stations play the hook, typically 8-12 bars long,[6] for audiences of up to 150 participants. The participants are then asked to rate the song on a scale from "dislike very much" to "like very much". Top 40 stations typically can't wait that long for results and have participants "call out" directly, by listening and rating different hooks.[7] Studies such as these inform the radio station how popular current songs are or if the audience is "burned out" of a certain song. Market research from these hooks provide radio stations of all genres of what their audience demographic wants to listen to, or even tests the musical boundaries of the audience.[8] Some groups even release these research hooks on a single's CD release.

Scientific research

A European consortium (including Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam) studies the hook by using online games and the wisdom of the crowd to understand and quantify the effect of catchiness on musical memory.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ Covach, John (2005). "Form in Rock Music: A Primer". In Stein, Deborah. Engaging Music: Essays in Music Analysis. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 71. ISBN 0-19-517010-5.
  2. ^ Davidson, Miriam; Heartwood, Kiya (1996). Songwriting for Beginners, p.7. Alfred Music Publishing. ISBN 0739020005.
  3. ^ Monaco and Riordan (1980, p. 178). Cited in Burns, Gary (1987). "A Typology of 'Hooks' in Popular Records", Popular Music, Vol. 6, No. 1. (Jan., 1987), pp. 1-20
  4. ^ Hurst and Delson 1980, p.58. Cited in Burns, Gary (1987) "A Typology of 'Hooks' in Popular Records", Popular Music, Vol. 6, No. 1. (Jan., 1987), pp. 1-20.
  5. ^ a b Kasha and Hirschhorn (1979), p.28-29. Cited in Gary Burns (January 1987). "A Typology of "Hooks" in Popular Records". Popular Music. 6 (1): 1–20. doi:10.1017/S0261143000006577. JSTOR 853162.
  6. ^ Steinkoler, Jeremy. "Understanding Song Form". Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  7. ^ Cobo, Leila. "Radio Research: How Much does it Determine what Gets Played how often? Programmers Insist its Role is Valuable - and Misunderstood." Billboard - The International Newsweekly of Music, Video and Home Entertainment, vol. 114, no. 50, 2002.
  8. ^ Dann-Beardsley, Cynthia. "Eight Seconds to Hook an Audience". Words and Music. 7.
  9. ^ "#HookedOnMusic".
  10. ^ UU, Cogitch UvA,. "Hooked! App".
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