Hip-Hop would be pop music's most important revolution
This is the result of an analysis of 17,000 digital songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 and yes, Hip-Hop would be the big winner.
An analysis that should open the debate…
To trace the evolution of pop, Leroi and his coauthors used 30-second snippets of 17,904 songs that appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 list from 1960 to 2010.
This digital music library represented 86% of all the singles that made it on the Hot 100 list during that 50-year span.
But rather than focus on the kind of qualitative descriptions listeners might attach to their favorite songs — ”hard rock,” “folk” or “electronic,” for example — the researchers cataloged quantitative features that corresponded to chords, rhythms and tonal qualities.
Do you agree with the conclusions?
In any case, an interesting article to read.
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