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What Makes A Hit Song

What are the ingredients for a hit song? Well, a study published by a group of mathematicians analyzed half a million songs and found out the recipe for success.

If you want to write a hit song then make sure it is happy, hits a party vibe, is not likely to relax listeners, and preferably is sung by a woman.
Using a machine-learning algorithm known as random forests, and controlling for potentially complicating factors such as the fame of an artist, Myra Interiano and colleagues from the University of California Irvine in the US plumbed the depths of a couple of huge community-generated music databases and looked for trends developing over decades.
Success, in this case, was, the researchers note, a “crude measure” that required only that the piece of music made it onto the UK official Top 100 Singles Chart in any year.

Learn more on how to write a hit song on an article written by Andrew Masterson.

(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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I DJ'ed on FM radio for several years in the 80's and early 1990's. I always thought I had a good ear for a hit on an album. Loved previewing new ones and jotting down suggestions on the stickers we put on the covers for other DJs.
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