What Makes Music Tick In The Minds Of The Listener?

What makes the music / song tick? What is it that makes a song a part of your life? What is the basic purpose of the song? The purpose of the song lies in the experience of the composer that he or she tries to evoke in the listener in the form of words or lyrics. It is this education of the feelings which are the reflection of the experience and the surrounding that makes a song perfect.

But it is not only the lyrics and the technical aspects of the songs like the tune, melody, rhythm, keynote, and timing that complete the song alone. It is the amalgamation of everything that makes it whole. This amalgamation is justified by the listener and measured by two things alone. Like time and all the other things, we measure how much a song has reached the minds of the listener with its evocation of sensation.

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What elements are used to measure the evocation of feelings?

Mainly it is two things against which the evocation of feelings is dependent. These two things are what pop lovers want nowadays. Of course, the lyrics reach the heart of people but everything is directed towards making our life more worthwhile that is why pop songs, EDM, hip-hop, rock, alternative rock and genres similar to that are gaining popularity because it makes one be free of the worries that this monotonous society is suppressing upon the humankind.

1. Energy

The first element against which the songs are measured is how much energy they produce in the listener. The energy doesn’t here mean in the general scientific meaning but the energetic enigma that radiates from a song. The energetic songs have certain characteristics, those songs are more fast, eclectic, peppy, and the beats faster. They are performed faster and they are loud generally.

The togetherness of the timing and the best which is a regulation of the key produces an energetic song like that of metal, rock, death metal, or prog. Everything in that category retains the maximum amount of energy meanwhile the EDM will score somewhere in the middle of the path. The scale of energetic is measured from one to hundred in which one hundred is the largest and the one is the lowest.

Of course, classical music is always soft and would score the lowest meanwhile metal would score the highest. The livelier it is, the more progressive feelings it will radiate, the more energetic it will get.

2. Danceability

Another fact that rules the pound of music is the danceability. In easier words, it is mainly how much the music makes you want to dance. It is not solely about the feeling, but also about the sole factor lies in the structure of the song. EDM and hip-hop are made in a way that suits the purpose of a disco or other places.

The songs are energetic, pulling, gets the adrenaline pumping, exciting, and rightly timed as the keys constitute the note in the right manner making it the perfect piece of art that can make anyone groove to its beats.

With each pulsing of the music, one person starts dancing. This is measured from the scale of one to hundred and depends on such characteristics as the stability of the rhythm, execution of the tempo, the beats, and the regularity of it.

How do the two factors decide the chartbuster?

These two factors of music, apart from the technicality of it, the danceability, and the energetic enigma decide whether it will reach the top of the list or not. Each song has a targeted audience, those who are looking for an energetic beat will find an energetic song to their suiting and it will climb up the chart however the country which relies solely on the danceability of the song will find EDM more alluring. Each country has its own taste and it is totally subjective.

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The chart dictates that the songs that have been mentioned here in their respective country have almost the same amount of energetic enigma as the danceability, however, there are some places where people prefer only one.

Where did the energy win?

Music Chart

Spain becomes the top-most country were the songs that inspire energy in the listener. the song that ruled their chart (mentioned below)was Despacito with the tempo of 112, followed by Japan where ‘Koi’ made them feel enthusiastic, Brazil comes in third securing the place with the peppy number ‘Escreveeí’ in which many feels the adrenaline rush, Argentina is the fourth one with ‘Havana’ from Camilla Cabello which made both lists of danceability and of having energetic score and finally Italy holds the fifth position in holding average energy score with the leading song in their chart with Shakira’s waka-waka. However, the requirement for the energetic songs was recorded low in South Africa, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, and Sweden.

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Where did the danceability win?

Music Chart

Here we can see that Canada is the topmost country where they require songs that invokes the feeling of dancing which means EDMs are much more targeted here. The song from Lil Nas X ft. Billy Cyrus’ ‘Old Town Road’ is one of the most popular songs that was danced all over the world.

Following Canada were France, New Zealand, and Portugal where ‘Despacito’ ruled the charts with its peppy tone and Argentina where people matched their dance steps with Camilla Cabello’s ‘Havana O Na Na’. However, in Japan, it was totally the opposite case where it was not danceable that they were looking for. Following Japan was Brazil, Sweden, Mexico, and Germany where classical music breathes and lives.

Bottom Line

 The rhythms, the tempo, the key of a song which is known as the structural integrity of a song gives the thoughts of a composer its body touches our physical being meanwhile the lyrics touch our soul but altogether, it holds the power to make us tick. The more it touches us inside out, the more we will reflect it, the more it will become a masterpiece.

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