OneRepublic frontman and principal songwriter Ryan Tedder has penned a number of smash hits both for his band ("Apologize
") and for other artists "Bleeding Love
"). In an interview with NPR about the art of songwriting, he discussed writing hooks and explained it didn't necessarily have to be the chorus like in the case of this song. Said Tedder: "The hook can be the track itself. Like in Coldplay, 'Clocks
' the hook was [hums the opening piano riff] — that was the hook. In [Black Eyed Peas'] 'Boom Boom Pow
,' there is no hook. It is just one section after another of really catchy, infectious club music without any one section overriding the next.
In the upcoming single, 'Good Life,' the real hook is the post hook — it's what comes after it. We have this REALLY super simple whistle. I hadn't heard a whistle in a song in forever and that's all I kept hearing on the song so I just whistled this melody into the mic and it really is the hook — it's the catchiest part of the song."