What words rhyme with songs

Find rhymes for songs

Finding rhymes for songs can be a challenge. In this article musikwissen.com takes a look at rhymes. Because good rhymes can add a lot to the song. Not only can the speed be controlled in this way, but the song as a whole can also be influenced. If you've ever had trouble finding rhymes while writing a song, or if your rhymes seem improvised, this guide is for you.

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Do you even need rhymes?

One of the first questions that arises when it comes to songwriting is whether the Lyrics have to rhyme or not. Now it is of course clear that nothing has to be done in songwriting, everything can be. There are examples of successful songs for both types.

One of the most touching love songs doesn't include a single rhyme:
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Nevertheless, it must be stated that the vast majority - probably well over 98% of the songs - are based on rhymes. And there are good reasons for this. Because the text of a song is only audible for people at first (and not, like a poem, readable). Rhymes therefore serve to orient the ear, just like Line breaks in a poem serve to orient the eyes. Because among other things the distinguishes song lyrics from poems. As a rule, a poem is read and a song is heard.

But finding rhymes is often a challenge, of course. You have to make sure that you can convey the meaning / story you want to convey through the lyrics in an attractive and original way despite the need to find rhymes.

Many songs use clichéd rhymes. In other words, those that have happened far too often in the past. And where the listener knows the appropriate rhyme almost as soon as he hears the first word. This is boring for the audience and therefore bad for our song. With some songs you can even hear that the songwriter didn't bother to make the lyrics appealing.

As a native German speaker, this happens more often to German songs, because you don't understand English as well as German. You can directly imagine how the songwriter spent five minutes in the quiet place and carelessly smeared the lyrics.

The quality of our song stands or falls with good lyrics. Good lyrics can make good songs excellent and excellent songs become absolute evergreens. Bad lyrics can make good songs bad and bad songs just ridiculous:
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Rhyme definition

What is a rhyme?

Rhymes are based on syllable similarity. For our brain and our comprehension, they connect two words that actually have nothing to do with each other. This works on the already known musical basis, playing with expectations.
The word begins differently and yet ends the same.

- Love
- Above

The beginning of one word cannot coincide with the beginning of the other word if the words are to rhyme. If the beginning of the word also matches, it is no longer rhymes, but repetitions. However, this also applies to compound nouns in which the syllables of the first or, ideally, the last noun must be different.

Rhyme:
- love
- instincts

Rhyme:
- love
- Exaggerated

No rhyme as the syllables are the same:
- love
- Fall in love

No rhyme, just repetition:
- love
- love

 

Male and female rhymes

We differentiate between male and female rhymes. Of course, this term does not come from musikwissen.com, but is actually the official name from the verse theory for such rhymes. And before one or the other claps their hands over their heads, it should be noted that the male rhymes are also referred to as dull and the female rhymes as ringing.

In any case, male rhymes are words that are monosyllabic or words that end on a stressed syllable. Female rhymes, on the other hand, are words that consist of at least two syllables and end on an unstressed syllable.

Examples of masculine rhymes:

  • Money / hero
  • Cook / hole
  • Construction / rough

Here are examples of feminine rhymes:

  • Wing / hill
  • Seven / love
  • Chants / sounds

A third form is the sliding rhymes, which are polysyllabic words that have multiple accents in a word. An example of this is the word: "more painful".

If you come across such a word, you can either find a rhyming word for the last stressed syllable (practically treating the last part of the word as a male rhyme)

Example:
more painful / sure

Or you can find a suitable rhyme for all stressed syllables:

Example:
more painful / heart sure

Or you can rhyme the word on the first syllable:

Example:
more painful / more heartfelt

 

Rhymes as key positions

In songs, rhymes often come at the end of a line of verse. Everything that is at the very beginning and at the very end of a line of verse receives special attention from our hearing. In addition, it is often the case, if not always, that after such a line of verse, the melody does not continue immediately, but is followed by a short instrumental part (i.e. a pause in the melody). If this is the case, the last word has an even more important meaning, as it continues to sound in the listener's brain during the short instrumental part before the next line of verse begins.

Rhymes are also an important reference point for the ear when listening to the song. They therefore occupy a particularly important position within the lyrics. It is all the worse that it is often only viewed as a “means to an end” and the context around you is carelessly fudged.

 

Boring rhymes

Many of the rhymes we hear in songs are rather boring in nature. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that the songwriters don't bother with the rhymes. For example, to the extent that they are of the opinion that finding rhymes is only a creative contribution if it can be done without a rhyming dictionary. The problem with this approach is that humans tend to form rhymes by adding or subtracting just one letter from the beginning. This then always gives rise to the similar rhymes. Example:

Rhyming word: cotton wool.

If you want to find a word that rhymes with the word cotton wool, you will usually proceed in such a way that you put the letters of the alphabet from A to Z in front of the word "Atte". So: husband, had, latte, mat, rat, full.

Many lyricists have done it this way before you, which is why the typical, clichéd rhymes usually appear in the words that appear more often in songs than cotton wool - such as love, heart, sein, and so on.

Would you like some examples?

a / be
find / bind
Question / days
so / where
forgive / be
Not you

love / above
street / meet
night / bright
start / heart
fly / sky

Back to our example: cotton wool. We tried to find a suitable rhyme ourselves because we felt that using a rhyming dictionary would not be creative enough. Instead we have in one A touch of incredible creativity (Attention, irony!) Letters were placed in front of the word “Atte” and the results were as follows: husband, had, latte, mat, rat, full.

If, on the other hand, we had used a rhyming lexicon, we would have received the following rhyming words among many others: Debatte, Platte, Traktate, smooth, bestatte, paused, shadowed, copied, abatte, ermatte, frigate, umschatte, discounts - and even: knattre, saddle, chatter, flattre ...

In terms of the creativity used, both methods are roughly the same. But of course we get much better results with one method than with the other method. And that is what it is about. Because creativity does not just lie in finding rhymes, but above all in how we then bring the rhymes into a good story, melody and a good melodic rhythm.

 

Interesting rhymes

Imagine it this way. In your song lyrics, the rhymes are what makes the most impression on the ear. They are the key points of your song lyrics. Therefore, special attention should be paid to the rhymes. Ideally, the rhymes alone should be enough to explain the song to some extent.

Line endings

Take a look at the following line endings. What do you say about the story of the song?

  • Day
  • Breaks
  • So
  • year
  • vacation
  • Glad
  • Want
  • Quiet
  • freedom
  • Hooray
  • Be
  • Small
  • To breathe
  • Walk
  • See
  • Be
  • Porcupine
  • A
  • Be
  • Forest
  • Lakes
  • stalk
  • countries
  • crocodile
  • Large
  • moss

All in all, it sounds a bit like a cot. Very positive, happy and maybe a bit cheesy. Where did the ends come from?

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Line endings

Let's take another look at the line endings of a song:

  • Is
  • Addiction
  • Beyond
  • Booked
  • lying
  • rest
  • Firmly
  • Firmly
  • Come
  • Burns
  • dream
  • Asleep
  • Wait
  • Leaves
  • Firmly
  • Firmly
  • wind
  • Blown away
  • Tired
  • Goes on
  • bed
  • Leaves
  • Firmly
  • Firmly

Overall a little depressed, dreary, full of disappointed hope. Here is the resolution of where the line endings come from:

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Reverse the way of working

It is often the case that the song or at least the framework points of the melody have already been completed and then you start writing the song lyric. So now you have to make sure that you find a theme that fits the melody and harmonies (if it isn't already there). So you start to write a sentence that goes with the melody and that ends on a certain word.

When I first looked into your eyes ...

Okay, so far so good. You naturally need a rhyme for this word. So try around a little and then quickly take a suitable word: "clear".

When I first looked into your eyes ...
it suddenly became clear to me deep in my heart ...

So now we already have two lines of verse. Time for a new rhyme.

The sparkle of your eyes, time stops for me ...

And a suitable rhyme ... think about it for a moment: "can".

The sparkle of your eyes stops time around me ...
And I'm losing my heart because I can't resist

Very good! Not even five minutes of work and we already have the following first verse:

When I first looked into your eyes ...
it suddenly became clear to me deep in my heart ...
The sparkle of your eyes stops time around me ...
And I'm losing my heart because I can't resist

The significant key points in our stanza thus consist of the words: saw / clear, an / can. As we've now learned, this isn't exactly promising for our lyrics. Or in one word: "Boring !!".

So let's approach it from a different perspective.

How about if we write down the basic story that we have in mind with this song and then look for suitable words and their rhymes? Admittedly, we would have to invest a little work in advance, but then we could very flexibly access rhymes that go well together in verse. Now the urgent search for a rhyme would no longer determine the content of the verse, since the rhymes were already determined.

So let's assume in the example above that the song is about the fact that the singer fell in love with one of the people present at a party at first sight, but didn't dare to speak to her and is now desperately looking for her. With this story we make a list of words that could go with it.

So for example:
- look ("the first look")
- ignored
- Anxiety
- shy
- searched
- lost
- went

For these words we now consult our rhyming dictionary and lists of all possible rhymes that fit in terms of content. This list could look like this:

Look ("the first sight")

  • chic
  • thick
  • fuck (oops!)
  • kick
  • Flick
  • kink
  • click
  • quick
  • fancy
  • Schrick
  • Slick
  • Stick
  • Rope
  • Tick
  • trick
  • Zwick
  • Comic
  • Epic
  • frightened
  • skill
  • graphic
  • colic
  • criticism
  • Cubic
  • logic
  • facial expressions
  • Music (good!)
  • Panic (good!)
  • Tragedy (good!)
  • buckled

ignored

  • freezes
  • greed
  • smears
  • stares
  • fourth
  • adorns
  • added
  • officiated
  • based
  • smeared
  • embarrassed (good!)
  • blase
  • bruised
  • bleached
  • narrow-minded
  • shines
  • bronzed
  • paperback
  • snubbed (good!)
  • dictated
  • fixed
  • flanked
  • fried
  • rubbed
  • guest
  • gelled
  • glazed
  • appreciated
  • peddled
  • courted
  • juggles
  • created
  • matted
  • complained
  • paused
  • pressured
  • tried
  • dotted
  • ruled
  • rotates
  • refurbished
  • signed
  • ponders
  • prompted
  • affects
  • cashed in
  • dumped
  • exhausted
  • agitated
  • amused (good!)
  • targeted
  • assists
  • attacked
  • polished up
  • teased (good!)
  • collected
  • established
  • exists
  • guaranteed
  • illustrated
  • imitates
  • infected (good!)
  • informed
  • involved
  • irritated
  • isolated
  • jubilates
  • compressed
  • condolences
  • confiscated
  • constructed (good!)
  • concerted
  • converted
  • licensed
  • makes music
  • motivated
  • responds
  • complained
  • salutes
  • terraced
  • treated
  • shaved away
  • well-dosed

anxiety

  • sounded
  • a long time ago
  • flaunt
  • scared
  • snaking
  • concerned
  • sprang from
  • sounded
  • attained
  • got
  • jumped
  • too long
  • concerned
  • jumped

shy

  • sober
  • Breeders
  • sober

searched

  • bay
  • cursed
  • wealthy
  • booked
  • cursed
  • rebooked
  • posted
  • Cursed
  • cursed
  • wicked
  • debited
  • booked up
  • booked
  • goddamned
  • rich
  • rebooked
  • well-heeled
  • overbooked

lost

  • drill
  • Forums
  • froze
  • Ears
  • Pores
  • Pipes
  • sheared
  • swear
  • stew
  • shear off
  • renounce
  • scorched
  • conjured up
  • Doctors
  • pierce
  • frozen through
  • simmer through
  • Galleries
  • dechlorinated
  • frozen to death
  • chosen
  • Factors
  • Furors
  • born
  • frozen
  • fermented
  • chosen
  • sheared
  • sworn
  • Jurors
  • Pastors
  • Rotors
  • Safes
  • Tumors
  • frozen
  • fermented

went

  • fear
  • urged
  • To catch
  • hang
  • sounded
  • long
  • shine
  • sang
  • snakes
  • swung
  • jumped
  • Poles
  • Cheeks
  • forced
  • intercept
  • depend
  • wrestle out
  • to sing off
  • jumped off
  • to begin
  • to attach
  • arrive
  • arm length
  • started
  • sang about
  • concern
  • penetrated
  • get through
  • sprang from
  • gain
  • forced
  • reach
  • caught
  • impose
  • intercepted
  • depended on
  • Lines of people
  • miles long
  • for days
  • overhanging

Now we already have a small toolbox of good rhymes that we can place at the key points of our song. The verses write themselves almost entirely by themselves.

Rhyming styles

No matter how you twist it, there are only a certain number of rhymes available. And most of the good rhymes have been used in pop music in the past. How do we escape this dilemma? Well, the answer to that is relatively simple: it's not just that pure rhymesbut also their relatives who impure rhymes. Of course, these are not rhymes of poor quality. It's just about the fact that these impure rhymes rhyme a little less, but it doesn't have to be bad for the song, but can even make it sound better.

 

Pure rhymes

Everything is the same about the words except the beginning. Example: soup / doll.

Impure rhymes

Related consonant

Related rhymes are characterized by the fact that the beginning of the words is different, the vowel the same and what comes after the vowel phonetically related. So everything is the same as with pure rhyme except for the fact that what follows after the vowel is not identical, but phonetically related.

Example:
Nose / rabbit = pure rhyme
Nose / harp = related rhyme

 

Phonetic relationship

Plosives

Certain letters are formed by a formal explosion of air. These letters are: b, d, g, p, t and k.

The letters “b” and “p” are formed in such a way that a certain amount of air collects in the mouth while the lips are closed. By opening the mouth slightly, this air is let out of the mouth, which creates the characteristic sound of the respective letter. The only difference between “b” and “p” is the intensity of this explosion. With "b" it is less strong than with "p".

The letters "d" and "t" are also formed similarly. The tip of the tongue is pressed against the front part of the throat while air collects in the mouth, which can escape from the mouth by flicking the tongue down. Here, too, the only difference is how intensely the air escapes and the tongue clicks downwards. With "d" less intensive, with "t" more intensive.

The letters “g” and “k” are formed by holding the tongue down and collecting and suddenly releasing the air from the back of the throat. Here, too, it is primarily the intensity of this procedure, which sound is created, that is decisive.

The respective pairs (b / p, d / t, g / k) are therefore easily interchangeable. The plosive sounds (i.e. b / d / g / p / t / k), which are similar in intensity, are also interchangeable with one another.

Example:

Pure rhymes for Embers:
  • cap
  • Anger
  • courage
  • Well
  • Brood
  • flood
  • boos
  • Knut
  • moo
  • Groove
  • does

Exchange of the "t" by "b":

  • boy
  • dug (dug, dug, ...)
  • Thrust (supply, delay, ...)

Exchange of the "t" by "d":

Exchange of the "t" by "g":

  • Bug
  • flight
  • Lug
  • asked
  • plow
  • hit
  • carried (fraud, tolerated, ...)
  • Train (withdrawal, enforcement, enforcement, ...)
  • Smart

Exchange of the "t" by "p":

Exchange of the "t" by "k":

 

Fricatives

Fricative consonants are those in which the outflowing air is restricted but not prevented by a mechanism. When forming an “f”, for example, the lower lip is pressed against the upper incisors, thus obstructing the outflow of air. When an "s" is formed, the middle part of the tongue is pressed against the throat in such a way that a narrow point is created, which is decisive for the characteristic sound: f, s, sch, ch, h, w, r, z.

Example:

Rhymes for neck:

  • Walls
  • Sound
  • Torrent
  • Stalls
  • as
  • Salary

Exchange of the "s" by "sch":

Exchange of the "s" by "z":

  • salt
  • Courtship
  • Palatinate
  • lard
  • Waltz

And so on.

 

Nasals

The nasal consonants are formed with the help of the nose. These include in German "m", "n" and "ng" (e.g. "lang").

The nasals can also be interchanged.

Example:

  • Pure / glue
  • Rhyme / be
  • long / ran
  • Man / comb

English rhymes

Pop music has developed in the USA and the United Kingdom, and the global English-speaking culture in general naturally has better chances of international marketability. There is also music English lyrics Often easier to sell in Germany too - not least because many don't understand the lyrics.

Here, too, there are pure and impure rhymes. Of course, we are particularly interested in the impure rhymes, since the pure rhymes obviously work in the same way as in any other language.

 

Impure rhymes in the English language

The English language is very similar to the German. The main differences are in the “th” (“the”, “thrive”, etc.), the “z”, which is more of a hummed sounding “s” than the hard, German “z”; and the "g", the voiced "gee„.

The possibilities for impure rhymes are basically the same as in German: b / p, d / t, g / k are also interchangeable. This also applies to exchanges with one another, i.e. b / d / g / p / t / k. Fricatives and nasals also behave in the same way.

Rhyme speed

Rhymes are a way of adding energy to our song. Because speed can be generated through the distance between two rhymes. The following applies: the further one rhyme is from the other, the slower the feeling. So the closer the rhymes are to each other, the faster and more energetic the song / phrase is.

This is especially helpful when we want to act in the context of prosody or want to control the tension / energy of a song section. In the PreChorus, which is supposed to increase the energy towards the chorus, you could, for example, string the rhymes closer together. Regarding prosody, unstable parts could be represented with more distant rhymes and more stable parts with closer rhymes.

 

ABCB (slow)

In this form of rhyme, only the second and fourth lines rhyme. It's the slowest way to find a rhyme. This rhyme form works well for verse as it only requires two lines of rhyme to be rhyming. So you are much freer to tell the story than if, for example, every line had to rhyme.

Example (plot: someone was betrayed):

Skeptical and vulnerable, (A)
I'll take a look at them eyes, (B)
and I stammer like in a trance: (C)
Honey, I can't help you anymore believe (B)

 

ABAB (faster)

The ABAB rhyme form is believed to be the one most “unskilled” songwriters use. Every other line rhymes. So it is faster than the ABCB rhyme form and also well suited for verse.

Example (plot: someone was betrayed):

Skeptical and vulnerable, (A)
I'll take a look at them eyes, (B)
and my heart that resists (A)
Honey, I can't help you anymore believe (B)

 

AAAA (even faster)

Here energy is provided by rhyming several lines. A context that makes sense in terms of content cannot always be established. It is therefore important that you pay close attention to the fact that the rhymes do not seem improvised.

Example (plot: false hopes are bitterly disappointed):

Skeptical and vulnerable, (A)
every word hits me terrible, (A)
You come to me by SMS ultimately, (A)
with the truth and moves me (A)

 

AABB (even faster)

The AABB form splits the section into two separate ones. That provides speed and energy, because from the lyrical point of view the section runs twice as fast. So it is ideal to build up energy / tension in the PreChorus or a verse, which e.g. ends in a chorus.

Example (plot: a relationship ends unexpectedly):

Skeptical and vulnerable, (A)
every word hits me terrible, (A)
Honey, you can't do this to me do (B)
Yesterday love what is now? (B)

 

Rhymes within a line (fastest)

The fastest way is to use rhymes within a line. Let's take the AABB form and add a rhyme to the last line within the line to really speed things up.

Example (plot: fans don't like their star anymore):

Skeptical and vulnerable, (A)
every word hits me terrible, (A)
Fans, you can't do that for me do (B)
Yesterday Fame, What is now? (BB)

Hamse still open?

When looking for rhymes, keep in mind that not every word in languages ​​is spoken as it is written. Many words that actually consist of two or more syllables are colloquially abbreviated and are usually shortened by one syllable. The fewer syllables the words we use for our song lyrics, the easier it is to adapt them to the melodies. A syllable usually corresponds to a tone.

Example:

  • Do you have (3 syllables) = Hamse (2 syllables)
  • Have (2 syllables) = Hahm (1 syllable)
  • Result (3 syllables) = Result (2 syllables)

8. In conclusion

Good rhymes are essential in a song. By choosing the rhyme form, we can regulate the speed and energy in a song and, by choosing the right rhymes, ensure a particularly deep identification of the listener with the song. Use rhyming lexicons and many different sources (including those related to thesauruses) to find the perfect rhymes.