What Separates a Commercial Jingle and a Pop Song?

The process of making a club hit and the perfect commercial jingle aren’t that different. Both require knowledge about timing and having an ear for catchiness. Both are made by professional composers and songwriters. Both are very likely to get stuck in your head for years to come. And guess what else? Barry Manilow made commercial jingles before he ever made popular music.

The difference is this: commercial jingles are selling a brand and product or service directly to the listener–Kit Kat bars, insurance, a phone number to call after spilling something on your carpet. Popular music sells the artist’s brand and an identifier for the listener.

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