Close

There's lots of ways to work out what makes a song popular, and music theorists use many different techniques to analyze and understand compositions, but how about just asking people what they like? Well, that's exactly what a couple artists in the 90s decided to do, conducting a rigorous, scientific poll in order to identify what people actually wanted in their music and produce what would be, in theory, the most popular possible song. And, in the interest of science (and fun), they also turned their results upside-down, making what should be the most unwanted song ever recorded. So how'd they do?

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/12tonevideos
Merchandise Store: http://12tonevideos.storenvy.com/
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/bCTDaj
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/12tonevideos
Twitter: https://twitter.com/12tonevideos
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/12tonevideos/
Email: [email protected]

Last: https://youtu.be/H8n78hRFSew
The Most Wanted Song: https://youtu.be/jId-qaEwuvI
The Most Unwanted Song: https://youtu.be/ZDh4o0rOvr0

Script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vptOPcAqTXu6OXbjZp7eSU0yEzCJtcTanmGp6wCKKH8/edit?usp=sharing

SOURCES:
survey: http://davesoldier.com/articles/People%27sChoiceSurvey.pdf
http://davesoldier.com/experimental.html
https://www.wired.com/2008/04/a-scientific-at/
http://awp.diaart.org/km/musiccd.html
http://awp.diaart.org/km/index.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVWooMru3-U



Huge thanks to our gold-level Patreon supporters:

Susan Jones
Jill Jones
Ron Jones
Howard Levine
Elaine Pratt
Ken Arnold
Gabi Ghita
Kaylor Hodges
Mark Yachnin
Brian Etheredge
Joe Mensor
William (Bill) Boston
Irvine Garrett
Nicolas Mendoza
Justin Donnell: https://www.youtube.com/user/jsterj1
Khristofor Saraga
Jeff Hook
Josh King
Gene Lushtak
Anton Smyk
Michael Hutcheson

And thanks as well to Henry Reich, Logan Jones, Eugene Bulkin, Dialup Salesman, Abram Thiessen, Anna Work, Oliver, Jc Bq, Adam Neely, Jon I, nico, David Zahara, Michael Fieseler, Rick Lees, Ben LaRose, rhandhom1, Marc Himmelberger, Chris Borland, jason black, Dutreuilh Olivier, Olivia Andersson, Nick Olman, Joey Strandquist, Daniel Gilchrist, billy roberts, Elliot Burke, Alex Atanasyan, Davis Sprague, Amlor, Dakota Williams, Miles Strand, Greg Borenstein, Tim S., David Tocknell, Elias Simon, Jordan Nelson, StarsServant, Steven Kapor, Dave Mayer, Thomás, Jerry D. Brown, Luciano Baez, Christopher Wright, Sportlunch, David Conrad, MasterDslay, blalo'u, Adil Abdulla, Lauren Steely, Justin Bronstein, Justin Aungst, Michelle Young, Fabian, Josiah R. Hazel, Ohad Lutzky, Bate Goiko, Jon White, Eivind Vatshaug, and Nuno Tiago! Your support helps make 12tone even better!

Also, thanks to Jareth Arnold and Jade Tan-Holmes for proofreading the script to make sure this all makes sense hopefully!

YOU MAY LIKE
Loading...
TOP 10 COMPOSING HACKS!

These are my tips to make composing a bit easier; a bit easier to get started, a bit easier to find new ideas, a bit easier to develop those ideas. S...

Theory In Practice: Playing With Pentatonic Modes

Experimentation is a huge part of music theory, and this week I wanted to share one of my favorite experiments with you. Modes and the pentatonic scal...

What Makes Scary Music Scary?

It's Halloween! And to celebrate, we're looking at horror movie music! How does it work? What makes it so frightening? As it turns out, it's not just ...

How's She Buying That Stairway To Heaven?

There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold, but, really, how is she buying that Stairway to Heaven? We may never know what exactly Robert Pla...

Please don't use Eb11 chords! | How to NOT suck at music #6

Many thanks to juan pablo guitarro, Samuca, Hayden H, Danielle O'Hallisey and Ivo Unrein for their submissions! If you'd like to submit your entry, p...

On Negative Time Signatures (A Response To Adam Neely)

What's a negative time signature? Well, it's not really a thing... yet. But Adam Neely made a video about the possibility and what it could mean to wr...