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Why Are Most Songs 4 Minutes, Anyway?
Date: Monday, August 15, 2011 @ 19:46:49 UTC

An interesting study was conducted last year on the average length of a song. The researcher scanned thousands of songs across several collections and determined that the average length was almost exactly 4 minutes - without much variation. Punk was shorter, techno longer, and rock and pop right around that mark. And, most hit songs follow this rule: take a look at BigChampagne's Ultimate 100, or listen to a terrestrial radio station, and song lengths are typically in threes and fours, maybe fives. But why is that? And, are digital platforms slowly changing this? Complete Article







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