Creative Rhymes in this Week's Billboard Top 10

Quint Randle, Drums On DemandI was having a discussion this week with a friend about Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and how he was able to rhyme that seemingly difficult title in a variety of creative ways including "What's it To You?" While you could devote a whole book to the different rhyme types, it got me thinking about how important softer and more creative rhymes are to songwriting. So I took a look at this week's Billboard Hot 100.  While there are plenty of perfect and cliche rhymes in these songs, virtually all of them had some pretty creative or soft rhymes to inspire any songwriter to think more outside the box.

1) Locked Out Of Heaven Bruno Mars


2) Thrift Shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

Keyboard/Kneeboard (with pocket/come-up a close second)

3) Ho Hey The Lumineers


4) I Knew You Were Trouble Taylor Swift


5) Diamonds Rihanna


6) Scream & Shout & Britney Spears


7) Don't You Worry Child Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin


8) Beauty And A Beat Justin Bieber Featuring Nicki Minaj


9) Home Phillip Phillips


10) I Cry Flo Rida