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How to Write Songs in Sims 4 – Earn Money With Music

Learn how to write songs in Sims 4 with our step-by-step tutorial!

Sims 4 is one of the best single-player reality escapes that lets you live a new virtual life. And what is life if you can’t do the things you love?

How to Write Songs in Sims 4

Besides letting you choose your Sim’s relationships, career, and personality, this game also allows you to indulge them in your favorite hobbies and entertainment.

This includes a wide variety of skills and talents, such as dancing, cooking, gardening, and even archeology!

In this article, we’ll be focusing on songwriting. We would be delighted to teach all the musicians like you how to write songs in The Sims 4.

So let’s get started.

How to Write Songs in Sims 4 (Base Game)

Sims 4 offers many different options when it comes to songwriting, especially with the addition of game packs. 

Let’s start with writing songs in the base game:

1. Choose an instrument

If you want to be a songwriter, it all starts with having a musical instrument. The base game comes with the guitar, piano, and violin. If you want to see more, you can download expansion packs.

If it’s singing you want, you have to get the City Living expansion pack. If you’re more of a party guy and are into DJing, you can obtain the Get Together expansion pack.

How to Write Songs in Sims 4 - Choose an instrument
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But if you are really into music production and want to take things to the next level, get the Get Famous expansion pack.

Now that you’ve decided on your favorite instrument, access the catalog and purchase it.

2. Practice

Practice creating song
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With your favorite instrument in hand, you can now start your journey of being a musician. To write a song, you need to reach Level 8 on your instrument.

If you chose a guitar, then you need to make your Sim play it, gain experience, and also reach Level 8 of the musical instrument skill to unlock the Songwriting Option.

3. Write a song

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Now it’s time to write a song. Interact with your musical instrument and choose the Write Song Option.

You get to choose the genre and type of song to compose, whether you want ballads or lively tunes.

The higher your instrument skill level, the more options you get to choose from. A progress bar will show you how long it will take for your Sim to finish the song.

It takes around 12 in-game hours for a Sim to write a song. Once that’s done, all you have to do is name the song, and your Sim can play it anytime you want.

How to Write Songs in Sims 4 With Lyrics and Vocals

Writing songs with lyrics and singing requires you to add the City Living expansion pack to the game. This will unlock the Singing Skill along with a ton of fun features.

The goal is to get enough levels in the Singing Skill to be able to write songs.

To unlock the Singing Skill, you need to start by singing in the shower. You can do this by hitting pause while taking a shower and pressing it again. 

Write Songs in Sims 4 With Lyrics and Vocals
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If you do this early enough while your Sim is in a good mood, you will unlock the first level of the singing skill.

Afterward, you can level it up by singing using the microphone or karaoke.

Once you reach level 8 on the Singing Skill, you can now start writing song lyrics.

You can sing and play your favorite instrument at the same time as long as you have reached a minimum of Level 3 in that instrument.

How to License Songs in Sims 4

Did you know that you can turn your passion for music into a side hustle in Sims 4?

Yes, your Sim can earn money and get paid for the songs that they write if you get them licensed.

First, make sure that your Sim has a skill level of 9 on the instrument you are using. Then, interact with your mailbox and choose License Song.

Pick the song you want, and you’re done. 

After that, you will start receiving royalty payments for a week. This period also puts your licensing on cooldown.


Now you know how to write songs in Sims 4. If you want to take your fame even further, you can download the Getting Famous expansion pack.

But for now, it’s time to let the musician in you shout out its love for music.

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Kimjun specializes in creating in-depth articles and carefully curating and testing game codes for the popular game Welcome to Bloxburg, providing you with the latest insights and strategies for an improved gaming experience.
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