What makes a #1 hit song? | Did You Know?



The key to landing a chart-topping hit song? Not to copy what came before.

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Spotify playlist of Billboard #1 songs (plus some sneaky extras): https://open.spotify.com/user/1ao4hncn42sitbyghe4zhuo0i/playlist/7wkw2WnjCKybCi8gbK8rt9

“Optimal differentiation” is the secret to a chart-topping song. And now, technology is changing music-making. There are companies developing AI software they say will help you write better songs. And new music producers are getting involved at the other end of the computers-and-music spectrum in a burgeoning genre called algorave.

Could AI help you write a hit song?: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-05/how-machine-learning-might-change-the-future-of-popular-music/10147636

RESOURCES
Study – What Makes a Hit: 60 Years of #1 Songs
https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/articles/projects/what-makes-a-hit/

Google’s AI Duet
https://experiments.withgoogle.com/ai/ai-duet/view/

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19 thoughts on “What makes a #1 hit song? | Did You Know?

  1. Osaro Osayande December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    What makes Takashi 6ix9ine Gummo a hit.

  2. Allirix December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I love how these are made by Australians. Keep up the good work guys

  3. Grey Mouser December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    lol…so you've just run a program defining homogenisation.

  4. MrStGeorgeIllawarra December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Jeff Buckley? Ugh. So massively overrated and only still famous for how he died.

  5. ca bo December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Do all YouTube uploads look the same. Or do they?

  6. Em MM December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    God the ABC is garbage.

  7. Russell Weaver December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    That voice enhancement share and so many other pop stars use = really annoying!

  8. Russell Nathan Gwinn December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Yeah it does.

  9. Diamond Lace December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Thanks for putting me to sleep.

  10. Doc Halliday December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I took a look at the Columbia U study (see resources) and there's NO DOUBT that pop hits in recent decades fit a tighter pattern of all differential criteria when compared to hits from the '60's – '00's. In other words, the songs today largely DO all sound the same! Your thesis is incorrect.

  11. Y. Tho December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I'm surprised catchyness wasn't an aspect

  12. mhacknix December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I'm glad I pay taxes for this pointless fluff piece… Thank you abc

  13. - - December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Glad you reported that 🤦‍♂️

  14. Damein Bell December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Uptown Funk is to Prince as Blurred Lines is to Marvin Gaye

  15. Jumzey December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    You just compare frank to Carly Rae jepsen?

  16. bipola telly December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    piss off

  17. Rocka December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Nice video – Please leave the comment section open for all videos that you guys upload. After-all, it's our ABC! 🙂

  18. Darkhorseman82 December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Sell your soul to the music industry and use a computational algorithm that is created for catchyness.

    P.S all the truly talented musicians have less than 20000 views on youtube. Everything else is mass produced trash.

  19. Phoenix Swooping December 8, 2018 at 3:14 am

    I can't believe I'm saying this – Excellent video! Maybe because it doesn't have any ABC hate-themes in it.

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