Chorus, hook, refrain... these things confuse me

Wakumbwa wa muziki, when checking out some lyrics to songs I like, I usually sometimes find the chorus labeled as refrain, and in others, the hook.

In other songs I see chorus and refrain, but to me these are the same…

Yet in others I see only hook… no chorus or refrain…

Othet songs mix up the three.

Are these terms synonyms?

Or they are just arranged by the devil… to confuse we mere mortals?

UNASEMA ??

Umesahau “bridge”

Yes na bridge… what the hell is that?

[SIZE=4]Chorus[/SIZE]
Choruses are commonly used in Pop songs, they appear and are repeated after each verse they usually build up the intensity and contrast the rest of the song. They are also the main emphasis for the meaning of the song and the music usually has a noticeable change.The title of the song is usually said within the Chorus and Refrain.

Examples:

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran

I’m in love with the shape of you
We push and pull like a magnet do
Although my heart is falling too
I’m in love with your body
And last night you were in my room
And now my bedsheets smell like you
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with your body
Oh—I—oh—I—oh—I—oh—I
I’m in love with your body
Oh—I—oh—I—oh—I—oh—I
I’m in love with your body
Oh—I—oh—I—oh—I—oh—I
I’m in love with your body
Every day discovering something brand new
I’m in love with the shape of you

“Attention” by Charlie Puth

You just want attention, you don’t want my heart
Maybe you just hate the thought of me with someone new
Yeah, you just want attention, I knew from the start
You’re just making sure I’m never gettin’ over you, oh

[SIZE=4]Refrain[/SIZE]
Refrains are basically a chorus but with a few minor differences. They are typically much shorter and contain a small set of phrases that are repeated and there is no melodic buildup. The title of the song is usually said within the Chorus and Refrain.

Examples:

“iSpy” by Kyle

Oh I, I spy with my little eye
I spy, I spy with my little eye
Oh I, I spy with my little eye
I spy, I spy with my little eye
Oh I…

“And They Say” by Chance The Rapper

And they say nanananana nanananana
Nanananananananana nanananana nanananana

[SIZE=4]Hook[/SIZE]
The Hook is quite simple, it’s the catchy part of the song, it’s the part you get “HOOKED” on, the part that is most memorable and extremely attention-grabbing, they are very common in Hip-Hop songs.

NOTE: Genius Standards require you to use “Chrous” instead of “Hook”!
(Read the comments for more info)

Examples:

“Fancy” by Drake

Oh, you fancy huh? Oh, you fancy huh?
Oh, you fancy huh? Oh, you fancy huh?
Nails done, hair done, everything did
Nails done, hair done, everything did
Oh, you fancy huh? Oh, you fancy huh?
You—you fancy huh? Oh, you fancy huh?
Nails done, hair done, everything did
Nails done, hair done, everything did
Oh, you fancy huh?

“Hey Ya” by OutKast

Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!
Hey ya! Hey ya!

[SIZE=4]Bridge[/SIZE]
The Bridge is commonly found in a “thirty-two-bar” song and is essentially the part of the song that links two sections together with a sharp contrast in tune, there should only be one bridge in the overall structure of a tune and a bridge is typically 8-bars. The bridge is commonly confused with the refrain, the easiest way to tell them apart is if there is only one Refrain it should actually be a Bridge.

Examples

“Good Life” by Kanye West

Yo, it’s got to be cause I’m seasoned
Haters give me them salty looks, Lawry’s
50 told me,
go ‘head, switch the style up
And if they hate then let 'em hate and watch the money pile up
The good life

“Party in the U.S.A.” By Mile Cyrus

Feel like hopping on a flight
Back to my hometown tonight
Something stops me every time
The DJ plays my song and I feel alright

https://genius.com/discussions/283766-Chorus-refrain-hook-and-bridge-what-are-the-differences-and-how-to-use-them-properly

Sande sana. Though it confuses more, especially hapo where Genius recommends chorus over hook.