Time Signature Madness!

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A few months ago I asked my friends on the wonderful world of Facebook for their favourite or most interesting songs with alternative time signatures or something interesting about their rhythms/feel. Here is the list we came up with.

When I say alternative time signatures, I mean ones that aren’t just in 4/4 3/4 or 6/8, although some of these may well be with something else quirky about them.

I’m not gonna put links to videos – lazy.

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5/4

Take Five – Dave Brubeck

Seven Days – Sting

Mission Impossible – Lalo Schifrin

Everything in it’s Right Place – Radiohead – or 10/4

From Eden – Hozier

7/4

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Times Like These – The Foo Fighters – in 4 and 7 later on

7/8

March of the Pigs – Nine Inch Nails – 7/8 for three bars 8/8 for one

Money – Pink Floyd – other than the guitar solo in 4

Them Bones – Alice in Chains

The Sounds of Muzak – Porcupine Tree (count it as 3+3+3+3+2 to make 14, it’s easier)

9/8

Blue Rondo à la Turk – Dave Brubeck

I Hung My Head – Sting

Umm…

Postman Pat Theme -Bryan Daly – 3/4 bar within 4/4

Kashmir – Led Zeppelin – 4/4 (drums) vs 34 (everything else) + random bar of 9/8

Black Dog – Drums in 44 guitar and bass in 5/4 – 5 over 4

Golden Brown – The Stranglers – 13/8 – or three bars of 3/4 then one of 4

Heart of Glass Blondie – carefully placed bars of 3/4 within 4/4

Hey Ya – Outkast – sneaky bar of 2/4

Paranoid Android – Radiohead – 4/4 7/8 8/8

Commemorative T-shirt – Oceansize – 9/8 and 11/8

Why Do You Hate Me – Marmozets – 9/8 4/4 3/4 11/8 2/4 – in different orders within the first 15 seconds of the song. Ouch.

The Riverboat Song – Ocean Colour Scene – 6/4

Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield – 9/8 7/8

Turn it on Again – Genesis – 6/4 and 7/4 (13/4) for some parts.  4/4 5/4 (9/4) in others.

2+2=5 – 7/4 8/4 4/4

The Pyramid Song – Radiohead – See below:

The Terminator Theme – Brad Fiedel – http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/02/the_time_signature_of_the_terminator_score_is_a_mystery_for_the_ages.html

Random others that are interesting:

Six Ate – Camel

45 – Bearskin

Subdivisions – Rush

It’s Indian Tobacco My Friend – Cornershop

To the End – Blur

Dave’s Gone skiing – Toto

All Radiohead time signatures in almost mundane detail:

http://pastebin.com/Hf04Q6Ym

Here’s a Spotify link to them all: (there are probably a few missing)

This post is more detailed than mine:

http://theeviljam.co.uk/2014/07/31/famous-songs-in-slightly-odd-time-signatures-a-guide-to-rhythms/

Enjoy.

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