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Musicologist comes up with formula for catchy songs

  1. Sep 30, 2011 #1
    ... & here it is:

    & they have a list of the top 10 catchiest songs too
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/29/catchiest_song_ever/

    this one belongs in the top 10 imho
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfUYuIVbFg0
     
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  3. Sep 30, 2011 #2

    Pythagorean

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    Hrm. Interesting. The music industry has used a much simpler formula:

    16 bars of 4/4 in some permutation of I-IV-V in any key.
     
  4. Sep 30, 2011 #3

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    I don't know all the songs in that list, but the ones I do know, I agree, they're horrible (top 10 most annoying).
     
  5. Sep 30, 2011 #4
    I wouldn't buy it until "musicologist comes up with with their own catchy songs "
     
  6. Sep 30, 2011 #5
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KANI2dpXLw
     
  7. Sep 30, 2011 #6
    :grumpy:
     
  8. Sep 30, 2011 #7
    Plato was right about everything, everything.
     
  9. Sep 30, 2011 #8

    Evo

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    Every time I see this thread, I see mucousologist.
     
  10. Oct 1, 2011 #9

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    Hm. I think I know why so many of the songs are new and not what I'd call wildly generation-spanning popular.

    Better put some on that list that the kids actually know...
     
  11. Oct 1, 2011 #10

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    P.S.

    I really like Queen.

    But if I never hear We Are the Champions again as long as I live, it will be too soon.

    (Same goes for Queen's Another One Rides the Bus. Surpassed only by Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb and Money)
     
  12. Oct 1, 2011 #11

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  13. Oct 1, 2011 #12
    & pythagoras!
     
  14. Oct 2, 2011 #13
    A Ph.D. in singability?

    How did he find a dissertation committee willing to read such a triviality?


    Don't forget the traditional sonata form, too: first verse, chorus, second verse, chorus, bridge, third verse (often with same lyrics as second verse), chorus, coda.

    Also, in African-American- or Yiddish-derived music, these's often a relatively flattened third, fifth or seventh note, known as the "blue note" in African-American-derived music, and as the "Jew note" in Yiddish-derived music.
     
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  15. Oct 2, 2011 #14
    By the way, does anybody know what a "boffin" is?

    And a suggestion: if you want your song to be an international hit, instead of actual words, use "Fa la la"-type lyrics (which I call "carrier lyrics"). After all, Native American music traditionally uses only such syllables.
     
  16. Oct 2, 2011 #15
    I've been rick rolled so much that I actually LIKE that song now! Example: I opened a new window to post this reply so I wouldn't have to interrupt the song.

    I don't know how to feel about this....
     
  17. Oct 2, 2011 #16
    it's the british word for egghead
     
  18. Oct 2, 2011 #17
    Here's the ultimate antidote for a Rick rolling (and one of my personal favorite songs to boot):



    Enjoy!
     
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  19. Oct 2, 2011 #18
    And the formula for how to write a love song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdudKAMOz5s
     
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  21. Oct 13, 2011 #20
    Here's another formula for writing the perfect mainstream song.

    It's from a band called "Status Quid". which is a lampoon of an ancient UK band which I really love called Status Quo, whose new album is called "Quid Pro Quo".

    I guess they don't like the new album as much as I do, because here's their piece, entitled: "Boring Song":

     
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