To a lot of listeners there are just two parts to a song: the music and the lyrics.
This is enough of a truism that they named a Hugh Grant movie after it, Music & Lyrics, in which the hapless hero writes amazing music but needs help crafting the words which will bring his songs to life…
So which comes first?
Many songwriters find it a “chicken and egg” problem, not knowing whether to start by crafting a set of lyrics and then setting them to music, or to come up with a killer riff or chord progression and see what words it might inspire.
Which is more important? The words or the notes?
After reading this article you can make informed choice of whether to start with lyrics or music.