Lyric Judging Criteria

Lyrics will be judged for the 7 Components of a Good Lyric and scored on a scale of 1 to 5

1 is the least – poor
3 is average – need for some improvement
5 is the most – outstanding, clearly and professionally executed

View the judge critique form here.

7 Components Of A Good Lyric

  • Does it move you, draw you in, pull on your heartstrings, make you laugh, cry, think, react? Does it entertain you? Is it believable?

  • Are the title and hook the same? Is it a strong hook? Is it effectively placed for impact? If there is a chorus, does the hook repeat?

  • How original is the song idea? How fresh is its approach? Would it stand out among hundreds of others with similar themes?

  • Does the message/emotion have universal appeal within and outside its intended genre? Does it have a timeless feel? Does it have commercial potential?

  • What is the setting? Is there a story, characters– are they consistent, do they progress? Is there visual imagery? Do the verses set up the chorus? Does the chorus conclude? Does the bridge offer new meaning to the chorus, and/or give a twist to the story or message with lyrical changes that differ from the verses? Are the lyrics compact and concisely written?

  • Would it sing well? Is it conversational? Does it allow the artist’s vocals to shine? Is there a consistent meter/rhythm/# of stresses from verse to verse?

  • Consistent structure, rhyme, verse/chorus/bridge placement.