Live

How I wrote ‘I Alone’ by Live’s Ed Kowalczyk

June 30, 2019 in Features, Interviews

25 years after ‘Throwing Copper’ went global, we learn the story of the song that helped it on its way…

How I wrote 'Labour Of Love' by Hue & Cry

How I wrote ‘Labour Of Love’ by Hue & Cry’s Greg and Pat Kane

June 13, 2019 in Interviews

From a Latin disco drumbeat to a politically charged lyric, here’s the story behind the 80s pop duo’s biggest hit…

Eagle-Eye Cherry

How I wrote ‘Save Tonight’ by Eagle-Eye Cherry

May 20, 2019 in Features, Interviews

When this pop-rock classic landed on both sides of the Atlantic it became a self-fulfilling prophecy for its creator…

How I wrote 'Perfect' by Mark Nevin

How I wrote ‘Perfect’ by Fairground Attraction’s Mark Nevin

March 28, 2019 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2017

The songwriter and guitarist behind the 80s pop-folk band’s chart-topping debut single tells the compelling tale of its imperfect inspiration…

Alphaville in 1984

How I wrote ‘Big In Japan’ by Alphaville

March 15, 2019 in Features, Interviews

A synth-rock anthem inspired by Berlin’s heroin scene, we learn all about a classic 80s track with a surprising origin…

How I wrote 'MMMBop' by Hanson

How I wrote ‘MMMBop’ by Hanson

November 27, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017

Isaac Hanson, the eldest of the sibling trio, tells the story of his group’s chart-topping blockbuster with the super-catchy chorus…

Boogie Wonderland

How I wrote ‘Boogie Wonderland’ by Allee Willis

November 25, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Winter 2017

The disco classic from Earth, Wind & Fire might have sounded very different if it wasn’t for Allee Willis’ insistence…

How I wrote Bristol

How I wrote Bristol

November 11, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018

Eight local songwriters, including Roger Cook and Beki Bondage, tell the stories behind some of our home city’s classic songs…

Roger Greenaway

How I wrote ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ by Roger Greenaway

November 4, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Autumn 2018

The acclaimed songwriter explains how the song ended up soundtracking a famous Coca-Cola TV ad and became a million-selling hit…

How I wrote 'JCB' by Nizlopi

How I wrote ‘JCB’ by Nizlopi’s Luke Concannon

September 16, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Summer 2018

We learn all about the effortless birth of the quirky, million-selling No 1 single about Luke’s digger-driving dad ‘Bruce Lee’…

Swing Out Sister

How I wrote ‘Breakout’ by Swing Out Sister

July 14, 2018 in Features, Interviews

Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell explain how the 1986 World Cup and a panic-inducing deadline inspired their sophisti-pop hit single…

How I Wrote 'What A Beautiful Day' by The Levellers' Mark Chadwick

How I wrote ‘What A Beautiful Day’ by The Levellers

March 31, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018

The punk-folk-rock band’s lead singer, Mark Chadwick, tells us how the rousing, mid-90s anthem took just three minutes to write…

How I Wrote 'She's So Lovely' by Scouting For Girls' Roy Stride

How I wrote ‘She’s So Lovely’ by Scouting For Girls

March 31, 2018 in Interviews, Songwriting Magazine Spring 2018

The pop rock band’s frontman, Roy Stride, explains how two years of tweaking went into creating their debut hit single…

Ian Anderson. Pic: Travis Latam

How I wrote ‘Living In The Past’ by Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

March 28, 2018 in Features, Interviews

On the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation, the enigmatic, flute-toting frontman talks about writing one of their best-known songs…

songwriting books

Shelf help: 10 of the best books for songwriters

March 1, 2018 in Features, Gear

In celebration of World Book Day, we share our favourite songwriting reads and also include several titles that you’ve suggested…

Eileen Quigley

Revealing the winner of our Christmas Gift Guide competition

February 15, 2018 in Competitions, News

The lucky person who received all 10 products in our festive kit list was a very grateful, Scottish, budding singer-songwriter…

Christmas gift guide

Win! The Songwriting Christmas Gift Guide 2017

December 14, 2017 in Competitions, News

Be in with a chance of winning all of the products featured in our gift list with this seasonal competition…

The Doors

Interview: The Doors’ Robby Krieger

June 28, 2017 in Features, Interviews

We chat to The Doors guitarist and songwriter about his time in one of the most influential bands on earth…

'How I Wrote...' paperback book

Songwriting publishes first ‘How I Wrote’ book

June 14, 2017 in News

Origin stories of over 40 much-loved hits from the 60s to the present day, as told by the songwriters themselves…

SW LOGO

Songwriting Magazine playlist #1!

November 4, 2014 in Music

To celebrate the release of the Songwriting app, we’re offering you a playlist featuring the artists included in issue #1…

The Korgis

How I wrote ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’ by The Korgis

October 9, 2014 in Features

James Warren tells the story behind the 80s hit single that’s been covered by everyone from Beck to Baby D…

John Waite

How I wrote ‘Missing You’ by John Waite

January 5, 2014 in Features, Interviews

The 80s smash that hit No 1 on the Billboard chart almost wasn’t recorded and was the songwriter’s bittersweet tale…