Famous Songs with Odd Beats

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Rock music has long since been characterized by 4/4 time with heavy emphasis on beat numbers 2 and 4. This means that the division of the beats is a repeating sequence of 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4 etc…

However, in the true spirit of rock and roll rebellion a lot of bands have defied this “rule” with massively successful songs with odd beat divisions (aka odd meter or odd time signatures) of 5/4 (1 2 3 4 5), 7/4 (1 2 3 4 5 6 7) and even mixed meter time signatures like 1 2 3 4 and 1 2 3 as an example.

Have I confused you yet? LOL!

Don’t worry. Because on this week’s Loudini Rock & Roll Circus podcast we will explain it all as we tell you about 10 bands who released massively successful songs with odd time signatures.


Check out the podcast here  https://youtu.be/7CAf9xIKh4Q


Topics Covered:



Take Five (5/4)

Say A little Prayer (chorus in 11/4)

Whippin Post (11/8)

Money  (7/8)

Solsbury Hill (7/4)

All You Need Is Love (7/4) one word said three times over seven beats

Hey Ya (mixed meter)

Mission Impossible Theme (5/4)

Everything in it’s right place (10/4)

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