Is There A Formula For A Hit Song?

by Christopher Paul on June 23, 2011

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Thomas Engelhardt and Shaun Ellis, Rutgers University students, looked at hundreds of songs and mapped qualities about them to see if there was a formula for creating a hit song.

They found the average song has 120 beats per minute, 4.5 minutes in length, and is loud — a horrible trend that started with the CD (loudness different from volume). There is so much detail in their analysis and a wealth of visual data to justify their findings.

Is there a formula for a hit song? via Chart Porn

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