What should a song be like to be popular? Scientists say

Researchers from the Australian Curtin University found out what a song should be like to become popular. Narrated by Naked Science, citing a study published in Psychology of Music.

To do this, they had to analyze 271 UK chart tracks between 1999 and 2014. They were interested in how fast our brain processes the text of the composition.

According to research, the easier the lyrics of a song are perceived, the higher its positions in the charts, but this factor does not yet say how popular the track will be. It turned out that simple tracks left the charts just as quickly as they climbed to their top lines (the researchers suggest that too simple lyrics quickly bore the listener).

And the next factor, which guaranteed at least some probability that the track would “shoot”, according to scientists, consonant rhymes.


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