Modern music: Loud, non-harmonic, danceable

This is quite cool:

It’s an analysis of different trends in top 40 songs over the past 40 years. There are some quite predictable shifts, though the 90’s is kind of uninteresting (we knew that already).

I am inherently skeptical of ‘maths-ising’ attempts like this, because so often they are only as good as the assumptions and biases they were made with.

Wired has more about this, and it’s an interesting read. Hopefully, the back-and-forth nature of the animation above means that pop music will retreat a little from the electronic dross it’s been mucking through of late – or have we passed the point of no return?

The Science Communication band having a quick practice. That's me struggling with chords on the acoustic guitar.

Categories: music | Tags: , , | 1 Comment

Post navigation

One thought on “Modern music: Loud, non-harmonic, danceable

  1. Something big must have happened in the 60’s…

    Their site looks interesting (, particularly lolled at the “expected vs unexpected” hit categories of songs. Surprised there’s no mention about lyrics though.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: