I've been on a massive songwriting binge recently but can't seem to break out of the Verse-Chorus- Verse-Bridge-Chorus structure. I'm looking for examples of high quality pop songs that really break that mold. What songs/songwriters can you suggest that are creative with structure in a pop context? Some examples inside:
Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone"
is, to me at least, the absolute pinnacle of pop songwriting and production perfection....but it follows, strictly, the V-C-V-B-C structure.
I'm looking for similar ear candy that breaks that mold while still being incredibly engaging and not repetitious. The Beatles and Beach Boys were great at this, but I'm looking for more modern songwriters that are writing really interesting pop songs.
The best example I can think of is Brendan Benson's "Don't Wanna Talk"
. It has 2 choruses, maybe 3, or at least the 'hook' is found in the verse part. Or maybe it's chorus verse chorus verse then a great breakdown bridge, then ANOTHER bridge, then back to the chorus, or is it the verse, then ANOTHER breakdown that references the chorus. This is a GREAT example of what I'm looking for. (and a great song)
John Mayer's "Half Of My Heart"
is interesting because the verse and chorus have the same chords, though the verse has a slight tension change that resolves to the main chorus theme, but it still follows the VCVCBC structure. This is pretty common in his songwriting.
Ben Howard's "Only Love"
would be a another good example. The 'hook' is the main verse motif, and the chorus (if there even is one) is just a break down to get you ready for the next verse.
All 3 are great pop songs that have somewhat unusual structure. Does that make sense?
What I'm NOT looking for are tempo changes, key changes, referencing the chorus in the song intro, a mariachi band breakdown in the middle, a 20 minute Phish song with 18 parts and a flow chart and other 'tricks' etc etc.
Will try not to threadsit but worried I haven't articulated myself.