Tip 1: How to choose the best genre for your song
Let's be creative and say, you are the male version of Ariana Grande, with a hint of Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, with a house beat. What would you call it as a genre?
Not an easy one to answer, and that is okay.
Are you struggling with the selection of your genre? Is it Pop, or is it Pop/Rock, is it Reggae with some Folk influences through the chord progressions? You can have your own genre. My band Awash uses melodic guitarpop. Making up a new genre sounds great. However, it might steer people away from listening to your songs.
To answer what the best genre for your song is, is not that difficult. But might sound a bit strange, because you already know this, right?!? And for sure, you are already playing your songs in a genre. Most likely the one you like best. Question Answered.
And your (future) fans are probably looking for your music, through the genre you have put yourself in. Our society is like that.
When you want to learn new things, looking at different genre's and how they 'work', to make the same things happen with your song, is a very helpful tool. Almost every genre has its own specific way of play-out in an arrangement. The instruments that are used and how you could use them in the particular genre. Chord Progressions and possibly Melody and Lyrics could determine what genre or even sub-genre you are playing.
So, take your time to analyze what you have written so far.
What was the intention of your song-story with the lyrics?
What was the mission of your song?
What message did you want to bring to your audience?
For example: when it is a love story, you probably want to choose a slow tempo rhythmically.