Of course, of course, of course — the best songs often defy the limits of their genre.

But it’s still fun sometimes to look at compositions as if they’re little collections of songwriting clichés.

John Atkinson did just that with his “Anatomy of Songs” drawing (show below). 

I think he nailed “Indie” circa 2009-2014. But hey, he left out hard bop, polka, neo-soul, and about 600 other genres!



What would be your humorous breakdown of a stereotypical song in your favorite genre? Let us know in the comments below.

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