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Monday, September 28, 2015

The 50 Greatest Hits. They May Have Gotten It Right This Time.

Academic computer scientist Mick Grierson studied charts from various authoritative music publications and analyzed the 50 greatest hits of all time with the help of a special program.

The scientist made a comparison of the songs on certain parameters: the number of beats per minute, the number of chords, lyrics, evocative sound and timbre diversity.

It turned out that the favourite tempo of popular hits is 120 beats per minute; they must only use a few basic chords (A, E, C, G), and a high level of tonal variance.

The hits closest to the ideal settings were the song Imagine by John Lennon and One by the group U2, but in first place was none other than the legendary band Nirvana.

Also, 80% of the most popular songs are written in a major key, but each features a wide variety of sounds. The three most popular words in a hit are, "child", "feeling" and "love."

The Results

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana 2. Imagine, John Lennon 3. One, U2 4. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson 5. Hey Jude, The Beatles 6. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen 7. Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan 8. I Can't Get No Satisfaction, Rolling Stones 9. God Save The Queen, Sex Pistols 10. Sweet Child O'Mine, Guns N 'Roses 11. London Calling, The Clash 12. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks 13. Hotel California, The Eagles 14. Your Song, Elton John 15. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin 16. The Twist, Chubby Checker 17. Live Forever, Oasis 18. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston 19. Life On Mars? David Bowie 20. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley 21. Over The Rainbow, Judy Garland 22. What's Goin 'On, Marvin Gaye 23. Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen 24. Be My Baby, The Ronettes 25. Creep, Radiohead 26. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel 27. Respect, Aretha Franklin 28. Family Affair, Sly And The Family Stone 29. Dancing Queen, ABBA 30. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys 31. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix 32. Yesterday, The Beatles 33. Johnny B Goode, Chuck Berry 34. No Woman No Cry, Bob Marley 35. Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley 36. Every Breath You Take, The Police 37. A Day In The Life, The Beatles 38. Stand By Me, Ben E King 39. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, James Brown 40. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones 41. What'd I Say, Ray Charles 42. Sultans Of Swing, Dire Straits 43. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys 44. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, The Righteous Brothers 45. My Generation, The Who 46. Dancing In The Street, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 47. When Doves Cry, Prince 48. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke 49. River Deep Mountain High, Ike and Tina Turner 50. Best Of My Love, The Emotions 

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